“ Manufacturer: Trixie / Type: Small pet feeder / Rack „
When we got our first pet rabbit about 12 years ago now, the man in the pet shop told us how important it was that they got enough hay in their diet. Hay is important for a rabbits digestive system and is essential for them to be healthy.
Therefore we got our rabbit a hay rack, we thought it would be easier this way as it would mean the hay was up and out of the way of the floor and our rabbit could easily reach it.
We currently have two rabbits, Ethan and Ezzy who live in a summerhouse in the garden! When we got them one of the first things we bought was this hay rack, we had had such success with the other one we couldnt see a reason why not to.
We have this Trixie hay rack. We got it from our local independent pet store but I think it is available from most pet stores. I cant remember the exact price we paid but it was less than £5. We have it in black but they also come in silver.
The rack is about 20cm wide and 15cm tall. The idea is that you stuff the hay in the rack so that the rabbit can pull the hay out through the gaps to eat it. By putting it in a rack rather than on the hutch floor it keeps in clean and free from being trampled on!
We attatched the hay rack to the wire mesh at the front of the hutch, it has two little hooks so it is really easy to fit and is also easy to take off should you want to.
We always fill the hay rack up to the brim, putting plenty of hay in it. We feed/clean the rabbits twice a day and everytime we go back they need a top up of hay as they have eaten it all.
I think the hay is much more appealing to the rabbits when it is at this height as it is at head height and is easy to eat. I have watched them eat from it and they find it easy to pull the hay through the holes in the rack.
We have had this hay rack well over a year now and it has lasted well, it looks good as new despite being used by two rabbits everyday. The metal is still shiny and in very nice condition.
I would certainly recommend this hay rack, it is a good price to ensure your rabbit gets enough hay in their diet and it can also be used for other animals such as guinea pigs. Recommended.
I have two rabbits, Holly and Archie and hay is a very important part of their diet. I try to ensure that it makes up at least 80% of what they are eating.
Hay is high in fibre which is essential to keep a rabbit's gut working properly, also as rabbits teeth grow continuously when they eat hay the chewing action they use helps to prevent the teeth from over growing and causing health problems.
With this in mind I bought them some hay racks to keep the hay off of the floor and prevent it getting soiled.
The hay racks I bought are by Trixie and are made from a silver metal, they measure about 13 x 18 x 12 cm each. The hay racks have one open side which has two metal hooks attached to it, these hook over the cage or hutch to secure the hay rack in place. The rest of the hay rack has metal bars which once attached to the hutch or cage keep the hay in place.
When I first got the hay racks I attached them to the outside of the hutch but found they couldn't get the hay through the mesh on hutch doors very well, so weren't getting enough hay. Because of this I moved it onto the inside of the hutch, after they were able to get to the hay with ease. The gaps in the bars of the hay racks are quite widely spaced so they can get as much hay as they want from the hay rack. This does mean that some space inside the hutch is taken up by the hay racks but it's not floor space, and I have them positioned above their litter tray anyway.
You can also use the rack to put salad and vegetables in, but I have found that because of the wide spacing of the bars smaller or cut up vegetables can fall through straight on to the floor where they could get spoiled. If I'm putting vegetables in the hay rack rather than their food bowl I hide it in the hay, which then stops it falling out and also makes finding the vegetables a little more fun for them.
To begin with the rabbits had great fun with these hay racks when they realised with a few nudges they could unhook them from the hutch door and spread the hay everywhere. While they must have really enjoyed this, it did make the whole reason behind having the hay in racks pretty pointless. To stop them doing this I secured the racks in place using cable ties, three on each - one at the bottom in the middle and two at the top one on each side.
I must have had these two hay racks for nearly four years now and they still look as good as new.
I bought them from the Zooplus website for £2.99 each but they currently cost £1.99 each, which is a bargain.