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I have two angoras that I use for fiber. One is English/Satin, the other is French. I have had them for 4 and 2 months, respectively.

I ran out of the timothy hay that I had been feeding them last week, and went to buy more from the feed store. All the feed store carries are the "mini-bales" which only last my two bunnies about 1.5 weeks, and they cost $4.99 each!!! Where do I find larger amounts of timothy hay, or can I just give them any kind of hay?

Marcy

PS~For various reasons, I can't obtain timothy hay from the person that I got my last bale from.
 

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Thanks for the tip on where I can buy hay online. Also, I have been doing papaya tablets, but I never would have thought of dried pineapple! What a great idea. Right now I am feeding my bunnies straight pellets, but only until I can get to the feed store (today) to pick up some grains. I usually mix in some cow feed with the bunny food.

Marcy

wynterwren said:
Hi...

I have a herd of English Angoras (18 now!!)...it's a common misconception that you have to give them timothy hay or oatmeal hay...both are good...however... If you're using a high protein feed--16-17% you can use good coastal. I use coastal/alfalfa mix and I've had no problems with it.

Are you using straight pellets or do you have a mixture of grains added into your feed? I have a recipe made up grains and pellets I use to ensure they're getting plenty of roughage--along with their hay..and I give them all a few pieces of dried pineapple daily. Pineapple tidbits and papaya tablets are good sources of papain and bromelain--enzymes that break down wool in the tummy.

I live in a heavily agricultral area in Texas, so finding good hay isn't a real problem. But if you can't find good hay locally, you can order it online at http://www.oxbowhay.com I know of several to breeders who use their products.

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Wow, there seems to be quite a few of us angora keepers in Oregon. Do you all raise them for fiber? I have some angora spinning questions, if anyone spins.

Marcy in Lafayette



mljjranch said:
We use regular grass hay with our angora's. We have never had any problems with woolblock. We do feed 18% too.

Nan-you must be pretty close to me. I'm in Rainier OR, across the border from Longview. :)

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We should get together, so you fellow Oregonians can show me how to properly handle a bunny. My two bunnies are the first ones that I have had. I am kind of leery of them, which I know is BAD. One of my bunnies, they French Angora, the lady that bred and raised her (she is 11 mo old) said that she was bottle fed, and very tame and sweet, and she seemed to be, when I picked her up. The lady had me help her to shear the bunny. But, now, when I groom her, she won't hold still, she tries to hop away, and about a month ago, she actually BIT me (though I admit that she could have been mistaking a green logo on my shirt as lettuce, <grin>). Now, I am actually kind of scared of her. The other bunny, the English/Satin boy, is very sweet, but I can't seem to get his tummy groomed. He flips back over every time that I try to get him upside down to brush. I do, eventually get him groomed on his tummy, but it takes my hubby holding him, and me brushing, which is kind of a pain.

Marcy
 
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