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Nutrition: constituents of commercial feed

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Molly Varga


  • There are two main types of commercially produced rabbit feeds:
    • Those that comprise a mix of ingredients that when fed together comprise a balanced diet, so-called muesli feeds.
    • Those that comprise ingredients mixed together and extruded into pellets so that each mouthful is balanced.
  • Some pet shops have loose feed constituents available so that owners can formulate their own muesli-type feeds; however, there is often little advice available about how to make this sort of diet balanced. 
  • This subject block is intended to clarify what some of the common ingredients are and what role they play in the rabbits diet.


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Further Reading


Refereed papers

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