Have you heard about Sherwood Forest Natural Rabbit food? This pelleted rabbit food is made fresh each week out in Utah, using no artificial colorings, flavorings or additives. The food is high in fiber, low in starch and is 100% soy-free, wheat-free, and corn-free.
The labels are stamped with a ‘made fresh on’ date instead of a ‘best before’ date so that you know how fresh the feed actually is.
This all sounds great, but would my bunnies actually eat it? My bunnies are all offered a high quality pelleted rabbit food daily. There are some high quality pelleted rabbit food formulations on the market – I have had good luck with both Oxbow and KayTee brand timothy hay pellets. 4 out of 5 of my bunnies will eat the timothy pellets….and then there is Lord Grantham. Lord Grantham’s previous owners did everything right except they offered him the timothy pellets that also contain what I call ‘cookies’ – those mysterious little bits of ‘treats’ mixed in with the timothy pellets. Lord Grantham will eat all the ‘cookies’ first, then eventually he will grudgingly get around to finishing the pellets. I mix this food with some of the high quality food, but trying to feed him solely the high quality pelleted food is met with much contempt on his part.
I ordered the Sherwood Forest rabbit food because some online friends swore by it and (mostly) because Sherwood Forest offers a free sample.
The sample arrived in two days even without special shipping arrangements. The pellets were small, green, and smelled fresh – but would Lord Grantham deign to sample them? I poured a quarter cup of pellets into a bowl and set it in front of him, expecting his usual look into the bowl, and then his usual disappointed look at me. Instead, much to my amazement – he ate them! I took photos of this momentous occasion (see the slideshow) and then offered some of the pellets to the other rabbits, who eagerly ate them, even though they had some of their usual pellets still remaining in their bowls.
I was extremely impressed, until I realized that Sherwood Forest rabbit food is also comprised of about half alfalfa hay and half timothy hay! Of course my rabbits love it, as alfalfa hay is sweet hay (rabbits are notorious lovers of sweet things). Unfortunately it is also high in calcium, something that is not appropriate for many adult rabbits, especially those with bladder sludge or prone to other bladder or kidney issues.
This is still a very high quality pellet, and alfalfa hay IS appropriate for young rabbits under one year of age, and also as directed by your veterinarian. If you have an adult rabbit, ask your rabbit-savvy vet if half timothy hay and half alfalfa hay pellets are OK for your rabbit.
Sherwood Forest rabbit food is made fresh each week; the ingredients are mixed and ground just prior to pelleting, bagging and shipping so that the food is very fresh. The extra small (1/8 inch diameter) pellet size is aimed at ensuring that rabbits don't drop and waste feed (never a problem at my house). The food is 100% complete and balanced, and the hay that it is made from is green (fresh) and standardized as to quality and protein content. When pelleting companies use hays of varying protein content, they must then add soybean meal and/or other protein supplements to compensate for this varying protein content. This practice would logically change fiber ratios and digestibility. Sherwood Forest tests their hays as to the consistency of protein content, fiber types, mineral content, etc in order to maintain standardized fiber and nutrient (protein, minerals, vitamins) content.
You can go here to compare Sherwood Forest brand pellets to other brands, and if you would like a 2 pound sample, you can go here and order a sample of any one of Sherwood Forest feeds at no cost, except for what the post office charges to mail the feed to you ($4.95 anywhere in the U.S.A.).
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