Rabbits are amazing animals and they need to be fed similar to humans. Depending on which age group they fall into, they are going to be eating different types of foods and need different nutritional requirements.

 Baby Rabbits Nutrition (First several months) 

Obviously the kit, or baby rabbit, will spend about 3 weeks on the milk provided from the mother rabbit. This milk is what keeps them healthy throughout this age group and will give them the nutrients they need to help their immune system fight off diseases and things of that sort. After this period, comes the introduction of rabbit pellets and alpha hay. By the time they reach 2 months of age, they should be completely off of the milk being provided by the mother and on to the solid food.

 Six Months Later…

By this time the rabbit is considered a young adult, and the feeding is going to change slightly. This is the time when you bring in the Timothy grass, and start to get them used to that. You should also be slowly weaning them off of the alpha hay that you were feeding them too. This is because they don’t need as many calories and nutrients that the alpha hay provides, thus the switch to Timothy grass.

Pellets are still an effective part of the feeding, and should still be used. Plus they are extremely inexpensive. Don’t just fill a bowl though, measure and monitor how much you are giving them. You don’t want them to become obese. This is also the time to introduce different veggies and straws to give them a good variety and all around diet. Make sure you introduce them one at a time though, you don’t want to overwhelm them.

After Their First Birthday

After they have reached the year mark, they are considered a mature rabbit now. The feeding should switch over to more of the vegetables, dark leafy greens, and grasses. The pellets should still be there but you are going to want to use less than you did before. At this point they should also be getting several servings of the vegetables, greens, and grasses each day. Fruits and things of that nature should be used sparingly. They don’t provide much of what a rabbit actually needs.

Older Rabbits

Once rabbits get over the 6 year mark, they are now considered to be a senior rabbit. You won’t have to change the rabbit’s diet very much if they are still able to maintain a healthy weight like they did before. If they are starting to lose weight, the pellets will need to be increased to make up for the weight loss.

You can also go back to the alpha hay to accomplish the same thing. But before you go back to alpha, you should first consult a vet to see if that is going to be a good move for your situation. Please ensure that they still have toys that they can constantly chew on. This is needed throughout their aging to make sure that they don’t have overgrown teeth. This is one of the more common health problems for rabbits. It can have a harsh impact on their eating and daily living if they do have teeth overgrowth.