Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 05:56 am
Hay is an essential part of a rabbit’s diet that should be given in unlimited amounts. To be able to give it to your bunnies, you need a good hay holder or feeder that will ensure this essential bunny’s food remains clean, dry, and not tossed around, creating a mess in your house or hutch.
Whether you opt to buy one or make one at home, a good rack should be durable, sturdy, easy to install, access and clean. Also, it should create less mess. Going for a larger one is a good idea for people who have several bunnies.
Types of rabbit hay holders
Unless your rabbit is litter trained, you need to ensure you get a place to put hay or foliage for them to eat. We do not encourage a huge one since bunnies prefer fresh foliage daily and not the leftovers.
There are many types these racks or feeders that come in many designs which can be made of wood, plastic or metal (wire or metal bars). Should you go for wooden, plastic or metallic?
Wooden hay racks
A wooden hay rabbit feeder can be mounted, free-standing or hanged, some with a top opening. If you opt for a free standing one, go for a study one to avoid it being tossed around.
Ensure the top is narrow to stop rabbits from jumping on to their top. Whereas some have wider tops where rabbits can sit on them, this is not a good idea since it can pee on them, thereby damaging the wood which should be untreated.
Finally, if your rabbits love chewing, it is not the best kind you should buy since they will continually damage it.
They are inexpensive and can be fixed or hanged anywhere in your cage or hutches. Ensure the openings or space between bars or wires on the racks is narrow to stop rabbits from getting into it or getting hurt.
Most designs made of plastics often have a front metallic grate. You need to ensure the plastics are safe (BPA free plastic and non-toxic) and they are hard to chew.
Rabbit hay ball
There are several brands including the SNNplapla Hay Manger Food Ball and Ware Manufacturing. These types are normally hung inside your cage and are made from metal.
Toys hay racks
These are rabbit toys designed in a way that they can hold some foliage to make eating a little more fun. Examples include the Veggie Ball and the Living World Tree House Roll and
Using a rabbit hay feeder and litter tray
When using it, the best option is placing the rack directly in front of your litter box to give your bunnies a chance to eat while they poop. Some designs have a litter tray, and rack combined such as the Rabbit Hay Feeder with Litter Box.
Best brands of bunny foliage feeders
It is a fact that there are many foliage feeders on the market which will work well. It all depends on your needs and your cage or hutch type. Some of the popular brands include the following:
Living World Hay Feeding station
It is easy to use and encourages a natural foraging rabbit behavior. As Amazon.com notes, it is an “accessible the front and back of the wheel as well as the sides.”
Your bunnies will undoubtedly enjoy rolling and spinning it as they eat and it is similar in design to Kaytee Rollin’ The Hay Rabbit Feeder.
Less Wasted Hay Rack Manger by Mkono
This brand can be connected to any wire cage, and it is made of safe, durable plastic with steel edges to stop bunnies from chewing it. The front side has metal grates for holding forage in place ensuring less wastage.
Trixie Natura Wall-Mounted Hay Rack Manger
This brand can be mounted on the wall. It’s made from powder-coated metal but not suited for wire cages since it might be difficult to attach it.
Niteangel Grass and Food Double Use Feeder
The Niteangel Grass and Food Double Use Feeder comes with a snap and lock bracket for fixing it. It ensures no mess, is easy to clean, and it is made from natural wood, making it look great in wooden cages.
CalPalmy Hay Feeder/Rack
This rack is made of a safe plastic with metallic grates on the front side to help hold foliage in place, making it less messy. It helps minimize wastages, is durable and easy to install.
Besides the above, you can also try the following as many rabbit keepers have recommended them.
- M-Aimee Alfalfa Manger Rack
- Rabbit Hay Feeder Rack
- Super Pet Natural Small Hay Manger
If you need any of the above brands or any other, you will not miss them in your local pet stores. Alternatively, you can purchase them at Amazon.com, Etsy.com, eBay.com, PetSmart, Walmart among many other places.
Homemade or rabbit hay feeder DIY
Instead of spending money to buy these feeders, you can make your own at home. You will use things such as old boxes, plastics, baskets, shopping bags, wood, and so on to repurpose them to be used in feeding your rabbits hay.
If you want to learn how to make a hay rack, we have included a video and a few images to help you get the idea.
Hay holder safety
The agile and inquisitive nature of rabbits can make some of the foliage feeders a risk especially those that have slots or holes for pulling foliage. Such can trap their leg or head as they try to climb or enter them.
You need to carefully choose yours and consider the size of your bunnies and go for those while smaller holes. Also, place it strategically where your rabbit may be unable to climb them.
Finally, ensure there are no sharp edges on your feeder since it may injure your rabbits especially if you decide to make them at home.
Note that designs which limit the amount of hay that can be pulled out at once will be recommended since they will ensure your bunny does not pull all the foliage out.