Finding the Right Hay for Happy Rabbits - Let's Hop to It!
As fellow bunny owners, we know how important high-quality hay is for your rabbit's health and happiness. That's why we've carefully curated a selection of the finest rabbit hay to keep your bun’s teeth trim, tummy happy, and days enriched.
As the cornerstone of a healthy rabbit diet, hay provides essential fibre and nutrients. We believe that the best hays resemble the grasses rabbits would naturally munch on in the wild. We source from trusted suppliers to ensure every strand is fragrant, fresh and dust-free.
Browse our collection of hays below to find your rabbit's new favourites:
Timothy Hay: Your Rabbit's All-Day, Fiber-Packed Chewfest
Timothy hay is one of the most popular hays and is commonly recommended for adult rabbits. The long, coarse strands provide the abrasiveness rabbits need to grind down their continuously growing teeth. Timothy hay supports healthy digestion and gives rabbits something constructive to nibble on all day.
We source our timothy hay from trusted suppliers to ensure it is fresh, fragrant, and nutritious for your rabbit.
Benefits of Timothy Hay:
- High in fibre to promote healthy digestion.
- Abrasive texture wears down teeth.
- Provides mental stimulation and enrichment.
- Contains vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Nature's Own Hay - A Forage Fiesta for Curious Bunnies
In addition to timothy hay, we offer a variety of Nature's Own grasses and blended botanical hays. Nature's Own hays are carefully harvested and dried to retain nutrients.
The hay is a high quality, dust-extracted meadow hay grown and harvested traditionally in fields across the Southwest of England before being gently dried and packaged.
Nature's Own hay adds diversity to your rabbit's diet and gives them new textures and flavours to enjoy.
Nature's Own Hay Options:
- Devon Meadow Hay
- Sweet Green Hay
- Timothy Rich 5 A Day Hay
- Timothy Hay with Dandelion & Marigold
- Timothy Hay with Mixed Flowers
- Timothy Hay with Mixed Carrots
Spoil Your Rabbit's Taste Buds with a Botanical Hay Banquet
Our Botanical hay blends contain Timothy “Chop” Hay along with a combination of dried flowers, herbs, and leaves. The added variety makes botanical hay more enticing for picky eaters.
We use Timothy ‘Chop’ Hay as it contains greater nutrients than regular hay as it is harvested before the seed heads form. This ensures maximum nutrients are in the leaves and stems.
Botanicals provide extra nutrition from edible plants and flowers. The diverse textures and scents create a foraging experience that bunnies love.
Our Botanical Hay Blends:
- Dandelion Leaves and Plantain
- Dandelion Leaves
- Flower and Herb Salad
- Mixed Flowers
Meadow Hay: A Crunchy, Munchy Adventure for Rabbits
Meadow hay is commonly made from a blend of grasses gathered from open meadows. It has a pleasant green colour and aroma. Our premium meadow hay is generally selected from long-established meadows in Kent, containing mostly natural grasses.
Soft and green with an incredible, sweet smell, this English meadow hay is very palatable and suitable for most rabbits.
The long strands and seed heads in meadow hay provide enrichment. Rabbits enjoy digging through the hay to find crunchy bits to munch on.
Meadow hay offers more variety to your rabbit's diet. The mix of grasses gives a different taste and texture from timothy hay.
Alfalfa Hay - The Superfood for Growing Bunnies
Alfalfa hay has more calories, protein, and calcium than grass hays. The soft, green leaves are palatable for fussy eaters.
We recommend alfalfa hay for:
- Growing baby bunnies under 7 months.
- Nursing mother rabbits.
- Underweight adult rabbits.
- Recovering rabbits who need more calories.
For adult rabbits, alfalfa should be limited to a treat or mixed with grass hay. Too much protein and calcium can cause bladder stones.
Find Your Bunny's Fave: Try Our Hay Sampler Packs
Not sure which hay to choose? Try out a few kinds with our hay sample packs! The mini bundles let you sample 3-4 hays to see which ones your rabbit likes best.
It's a great way to add more variety to their diet.
Hay Sample Packs:
- Timothy Hay Sampler
- Botanical Hay Sampler
- Meadow Hay Sampler
- Nature’s Own Hay Sampler
Crunching the Numbers: Top Rabbit Hay Picks Revealed.
Hay recommendations by real rabbit owners.
A common question asked by many rabbit owners is “What is the best hay for my rabbit(s)?
We analysed the responses of a group of UK-based bunny owners to this all-important question, and these are the results:
- Timothy Hay was recommended by 26%
- Meadow Hay was recommended by 10%
- Orchard Hay was recommended by 8%
- Oat Hay was recommended by 3%
- Alfalfa Hay was recommended 1% (but advised against for adult rabbits)
- Rye Hay was recommended by 4%
- Hay Blends/Mixes were recommended by 13%
- Local Farm Hay was recommended by 20%
- The remaining 14% did not specify a hay type.
Based on the data, some of the most important considerations and reasons for recommending certain hay types appear to be:
- Nutritional value - Timothy, orchard, and meadow hays were often recommended for providing a balanced diet. Alfalfa is not advised for adult rabbits due to high calcium.
- Dental health - Long strand hays like timothy help wear down teeth. Important for rabbit health.
- Palatability - Rabbits can be fussy so finding hays they like is key. Trying samples recommended. Sweet hays may be preferred.
- Allergies/dust - Some owners have allergies so low dust hays like Timothy advised. Also good for rabbits.
- Cost - Buying in bulk from farms or suppliers is cheaper than pet shops. But quality consistency is key.
- Freshness - Green colour and smell indicates freshness. Old/stale hay rejected by rabbits.
- Variety - Mixing hays provides enrichment and balanced nutrition.
- Local availability - Farms can provide very cheap bales but quality and parasite risk are a concern.
*Based on sample size of 146 participants
Why Is Hay Essential for Rabbits?
With Hay being such a hot (and important) topic among rabbit owners we thought we’d dig a bit deeper.
Here's why it's so important:
Supports Dental Health - Fibrous hay helps grind down your rabbit's continuously growing teeth. Without this abrasion, their teeth would overgrow, causing pain and issues eating.
Promotes Digestive Health - The indigestible fibre in hay keeps the digestive system working smoothly. It prevents issues like diarrhoea and GI stasis.
Provides Essential Nutrients - Hay delivers a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Timothy hay is naturally low in calcium, protein, and fat.
Enriches Behaviour - Rabbits love to nibble and forage. Hay satisfies natural grazing behaviour and prevents boredom.
Quality Matters - Feed fresh hay, and store properly to retain nutrients and flavour. Avoid dusty, soiled, or spoiled hay.
Everything You Want to Know About Rabbit Hay
What type of hay is best for rabbits?
Timothy and orchard grass hays provide the best balance of fibre, nutrition, and palatability for most adult rabbits. Alfalfa is preferred for young, growing bunnies.
Can a rabbit live on just hay?
No, rabbits need more variety than just hay. Their diet should also include fresh greens and a limited amount of pellets. But hay should make up the bulk of what they eat.
What is the best bedding for rabbits inside?
Paper-based beddings are highly absorbent and comfortable nesting material. Avoid cedar or pine shavings, which contain harmful phenols.
Do rabbits need special hay?
Yes, rabbits need Timothy, orchard, oat, or meadow grasses. Legume hays like alfalfa should be limited. Never feed straw, which is too abrasive and nutrient-poor.
Should I feed my rabbit hay or straw?
Always choose hay over straw. Straw lacks nutrients and can be too abrasive. Grass hays like Timothy provide the fibre and nutrients bunnies need.
Do rabbits prefer hay or grass?
Rabbits enjoy both! But grass provides less fibre for digestion and teeth. Offer unlimited grass hay indoors, and graze them on grass for short sessions outdoors.
Can rabbits eat grass instead of hay?
Not completely. Grass doesn't have enough abrasiveness to wear down teeth properly. Rabbits need mostly grass hay with some grass grazing for variety.
Jacqui’s Top 5 Rabbit Hay Tips – Expert Tips from an Experienced Bun Mum
- Choose grass hays like timothy, orchard, oat, or meadow as the staple for adult rabbits. Alfalfa should be limited.
- Offer unlimited access to fresh, high-quality hay at all times. It should make up at least 75% of their diet.
- Select fragrant hay free of dust, mould, and debris to encourage eating. Proper storage preserves freshness.
- Include diverse hays like botanicals and meadow for more texture and enrichment. Sampler packs let you find favourites.
- Monitor teeth and digestion health. Lack of hay intake can cause issues. Adjust amount or type of rabbit hay as needed.