Taking care of your rabbit is a big task. I have put together a few tips to ensure that you are the best pet owner. 1. Keep your rabbit cool. Rabbits are very temperamental about heat. If they are put directly in the sun they will overheat and sadly die so if they are kept outside make sure they are in a shady spot. Make sure if it gets over 80 degrees Fahrenheit their water bottle is full and they have a frozen water bottle in their cage. Filling a plastic soda or water bottle with water and freezing it will give you rabbit something cold to lay against. You can also put a tile in the freezer and give it to them to lay on when they are hot. They should always have something to lay on if they are put in a wire cage so their feet don't get tired or get sore hocks. 2. Maintain a steady diet. If you feed you rabbit different quantities at different times of days it will always be looking for food which can result in weight gain. It is good to make a routine. I feed my rabbits in the morning when I wake up and at night. You should check multiple times a day to see if their water needs to be filled, especially in hot weather. Also, the portions you are feeding need to remain the same every day. It is hard to get the same amount of veggies so I just eye ball it and they seem to be fine. 3. Buy quality rabbit food. Anything with corn as the first ingredient can hurt their digestive systems. Try not to buy pellet food that has any type of dried vegetables or fruits in it. Fresh veggies and fruits are always best.
Here is a list of what you should feed your rabbits from birth. Birth-2 weeks ~ Mother's Milk 2-7 weeks ~ Nibbles of alfalfa hay and pellets with mother's milk 7-8 weeks ~ Unlimited access to alfalfa and pellets with mother's milk 8 weeks-7 months ~ Unlimited pellets and alfalfa 3 months ~ Introduce small amounts of veggies 7 months-1 year ~ Introduce timothy, grass. or oat hay (unlimited), vegetable/ fruits 1-2 ounces per 6 pounds of body weight, ½ cup pellets per 6 pounds of body weight 1 year and above ~ ¼ cup per 6 pounds of body weight, unlimited timothy, grass, or oat hay, 2 cups of veggies per 6 pounds of body weight