The basic formulation of making rabbit pellets
The minimum rabbit nutrient requirements for a maintenance diet are 14% crude fiber, 2% fat, and crude protein 12%. Make sure that the feeds you are going to produce at least meet or better yet, exceed the above minimum amount of fiber, but keep protein and fat level low.
Fiber level of 15% to 17% is adequate. A level greater than 17% retards weight gain which would be desirable in a neutered pet rabbit and fiber levels of 22.5% and higher are used for reducing obesity and hairballs.
Protein levels should be 15% to 19%. Be sure the fiber level is greater than the protein level. Too high protein in the diet creates a greater amount of ammonia in the urine. It would be better to keep protein closer to 15%.
Fat levels should be low, around 3% or less. The higher the fat content of a pellet the worse it is for your bunny, because it can cause obesity. Avoid pellets with lots of nuts, seeds, etc. in it, they are not good to feed due to a high fat content.
Since we have known the machine and formulation of making rabbit pellets, don’t hesitate to act. The rabbits will really enjoy them
Tips on Feeding Rabbit Feed Pellets
Once you have determined which kind of pellets you purchase, please make sure that always use the same brand and type of pellets. Some rabbits do not do well to the sudden change in feed and could cause digestive problems. If you have to change you must mix the old feed with the new feed to get the rabbits digestive tract used to the new feed.
Make sure you have enough of the old feed to slowly change over to the new feed. Do this gradually over a period of at least one week. If possible, you can just buy an Electric Flat Die Feed Pellet Mill which is of simple structure, small area coverage, cost-effective and low consumption to produce your own rabbit feed pellets to avoid the change.
Store pellets in a closed container in a cool, dry place. This way the pellets will be protected from dirt, sun light, dark. Try to keep the lid closed and this will lower the chance of bacteria.
Do not mix grains and seeds with rabbit feed pellets, as the rabbit will select its favorite items and leave the rest, meaning that it will not be getting a balanced diet. Do not over feed your rabbit. Obesity in rabbits can cause a shorter life-span. Maximum of 1/8 of a cup per 1.8 kg of body weight of a high fiber pellet per day is OK. For young growing rabbits, pellets can be given free choice until 6 to 8 months of age, then decrease to the maintenance amount as above.
Benefits of Feed Pellets for Raising Rabbits
First, good palatability. During pelletizing, there is a process called starch pasting, which brings a delicious flavor of feed pellets and increase the pellets palatability to stimulate the rabbits appetite. As a result, the food intake of rabbits can increase 10%-15%.
Second, proper pellets rigidity. Feed pellets rigidity are greatly increased compared to wet-mixing powder feed, which are more suitable for rabbits interesting hobby to grind their teeth with hard things.
Third, it can effectively prevent rabbits from nutrition disequilibrium phenomenon caused by picky about food.
Fourth, improve the feed digestion rate, and is good for gastrointestinal digestion and absorption of the rabbits.
Fifth, sterilization and disinfection, also reduce the spread of disease. Pellet feed, after short-time high temperature up to 70 ℃ -100 ℃ in the pressing process, it can kill a part of parasite eggs and pathogenic microorganisms, making the rabbit disease significantly reduced. Besides, it’s necessary to dry the feed pellets in time to avoid going moldy.
In addition, the utilization of feed pellets can reduce feed waste and this is also cost-saving for the raisers.