What can I feed my Holland Lop bunny?

What’s the best rabbit food for Holland Lops? What veggies can Holland Lops eat? How much should you feed Holland Lop rabbits? Why is a proper diet so important for rabbits?
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6th May 2024

If you’ve got lots of questions about Holland Lop bunny food and wonder what Holland Lop bunnies eat to be healthy and happy, we’ve got lots of useful answers for you. Understanding what these fabulous animals, who have surprisingly delicate digestions, need to stay in the very best of health is a bunny lover essential.

What can I feed my Holland Lop rabbits?

When it comes to getting in the know about rabbit food and bunny nutrition, a good place to start is by learning about what wild rabbits feed on – and why. In their natural habitat, bunnies forage in meadows, munching on weeds, grasses, wildflowers, and flower and vegetable plants.

These foods are naturally high in fibre, which keep their digestive system functioning properly, and also helps to wear down their continuously growing teeth. Our pet bunnies, who enjoy roaming our homes and gardens, benefit from eating a diet which is similar to that of their wild cousins.

With this in mind, when it comes to choosing the best food for a Holland Lop bunny, the ideal bunny diet should consist of rabbit-safe foods that are high in fibre for a healthy digestion, contain a carefully formulated balance of nutrients, and have no artificial colours or flavours.

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Why rabbit muesli mixes are the WORST choice

When choosing Holland Lop rabbit food, steer clear of colourful muesli-style mixes – these are designed to appeal to humans rather than rabbits. While bunny owners may think they’re buying a nutritious blend of tasty nibbles, feeding a muesli mix to rabbits can result in all sorts of health problems. These include dental disease, obesity and even gut statis, a deadly condition in which a rabbit’s digestive system slows down or stops completely.

Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, explains why you should avoid muesli mixes: “When fed a muesli-style diet, rabbits will often selectively feed. Selective feeding is when rabbits pick out the high starch and sugary elements of their food and leave behind the high-fibre parts. This leads to rabbits eating an unbalanced diet which can result in poor health. That’s why we developed the UK’s first single component nugget for rabbits to prevent selective feeding and continue to use our expertise to produce the best foods for all rabbits.”

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HOLLAND LOP BUNNY PROFILE

Holland Lops are medium-sized rabbits, with an average weight of around 2.5kg (5.5lb). They have medium-length, dense fur that requires weekly or bi-weekly grooming. Their coat is either solid – one colour only – or broken up with patches of colours such as chestnut, black, chocolate, cream or fawn. Holland Lops can live up to 10 years.


Q: Why are rabbit nuggets the best choice for a Holland Lop?

A: Although rabbit nuggets should only make up 5% of a Holland Lop diet, they can play a vital role in making sure your buns get all the vitamins and minerals they need. Good quality rabbit nuggets are:

  • High in beneficial fibre to keep your Holland Lop’s digestive system working correctly
  • Contain vitamin A and vitamin C to support the immune system
  • Contain vitamin D3, which has an important role in calcium absorption, vital to support bone and dental health
  • Contain vitamin E, which has an antioxidant function that aids the body’s natural defences
  • Formulated with minerals such as zinc for healthy skin and glossy coat, iron to support the blood, and copper for nerve function
  • Made with tasty, natural ingredients, such as mint, to ensure your Holland Lop bunnies absolutely love their yummy nuggets!

Q: How much should I feed my Holland Lop rabbits?

A: When planning your Holland Lop bunny diet, their daily feeding plan should consist of a carefully balanced mix of rabbit food, feeding hay, nuggets and healthy treats:


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Highly active, lop-eared rabbits are energetic and playful, and love cat toys, which keep them entertained and happy. Despite their playful, energetic nature, Holland Lops thrive best in quiet, calm households with older children, as they can be quite skittish. Help to keep your Holland Lops calm and contended by feeding them with Burgess Excel Junior & Dwarf Nuggets with Mint. This high-quality recipe has been formulated by vets to ensure it contains the right balance of vitamins and minerals.

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Q: What vegetables and herbs can my Holland Lop rabbits eat?

A: A selection of rabbit-safe leafy greens – a handful per day, per bunny – will feature highly on your Holland Lops’ favourite food list, adding variety to a well-planned rabbit diet. Ideal vegetables and herbs include:

  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Rocket
  • Carrot tops
  • Cauliflower leaves
  • Mange tout
  • Kale
  • Mint
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Leaves from dandelions, hazel, willow or apple trees

Rabbits don’t naturally eat root vegetables, so carrots are generally best avoided. Rabbit Welfare, a charitable organisation that works to ensure all pet rabbits in the UK are cared for with understanding, insight and kindness, has a comprehensive list of recommended vegetables and herbs.


DID YOU KNOW?

The way you feed your Holland Lop rabbits is also important as buns love to snuffle around for titbits. So, rather than putting their nuggets in a bowl, place them around their enclosure, in their tunnels, in paper bags, cardboard loo rolls or under some hay, to encourage their natural urge to go foraging.

Mix and match different hay varieties to keep things interesting, such as British Meadow Feeding Hay, top qualityTimothy Hay for rabbits (which both come in a recyclable cardboard box that your buns could have a great game in!), delicious Hay with Dandelion and Marigold and ultra-chewable Long Stem Feeding Hay.

Add to the foraging fun by mixing in some Luscious Leaves – containing dandelion leaves, nettle leaves, red clover and ribwort – or Wildflower Forage – made with a delectable blend of rose, hibiscus, marigold and cornflower.

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Q: What fruits can my Holland Lop rabbits eat?

A: While rabbits can enjoy some fruit as part of their diet, only give them a little bit such as a couple of strawberries or a slice of apple occasionally. This is because rabbits don’t naturally eat fruit, which is generally high in sugar, and eating too much can lead to tubby bunnies.

Safe fruits that can be included in your Holland Lops' diet‘ include:

  • Apples – not the pips, they’re poisonous
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Melon
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

Q: What should I not feed my Holland Lop rabbits?

A: There are a several items that are classed as unsafe food for rabbits and therefore should be avoided altogether. These include:

  • Rabbit muesli – Two years of research at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, linked muesli style foods to life-threatening dental and digestive problems in rabbits.
  • Sweet treats – Some treats that are marketed as rabbit food – such as milk-based yoghurt drops or sticks of sweetened cereals – can contribute to obesity and tooth decay.
  • Lettuce – Some types of lettuce, such as iceberg, contain lactucarium, which can be harmful to rabbits in large quantities. Light-coloured lettuce varieties are high in water, have very little nutritional value and will just give your rabbits the runs.
  • Avocado – It’s very fatty and should never be included in your rabbits’ diet.
  • Chard – It’s a leafy green but not one that rabbits can tolerate, causing colic and bloating.
  • Grass cuttings – Rabbits should be given unlimited access to steadily graze on fresh grass, just as they would in the wild, but a pile of grass cuttings can be very harmful to them.
  • Rhubarb – This common garden plant can be poisonous to animals if eaten raw.
  • Bread, pasta and crackers – High-carb foods can cause series stomach issues.
  • Nuts – All nuts are high in fat, not fibre, and will give your rabbits extremely uncomfortable indigestion.

If you’re not sure whether something’s safe for your rabbits to eat, it’s best avoided.

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Q: Why should I choose Burgess Excel rabbit food for my Holland Lop rabbits and how do I switch foods safely?

A: The Burgess Excel rabbit range is made at our own factory in Yorkshire, using only the best ingredients and UK-grown grass. Plus, it’s easy to order online, with free delivery over £25.

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With a whole host of *5 STAR REVIEWS*, our customers have told us:

* “Rabbits love this food. Been using it for 2.5 years. They don’t want to eat anything else.” * “I Bought this product for my new baby pet rabbit; she absolutely loves it as I can tell from how much she eats all her portion over time. I bought it as it is good for their coat, immune system, teeth, natural growth etc.” * “Rabbits love their food – that's good enough for me!” * “This is the only food my rabbit will eat, he’s an old boy now. l know Burgess food is a good quality.” * “Quality food, our rabbits love their mint nuggets.” “My rabbits love this food. Tried others but this is the best.” *

Because a rabbit’s digestive system is so delicate, moving them from one food to another has to be done very carefully, requiring a transition period of 14-28 days.

  • In the first few days, measure out your rabbits’ normal nugget intake for the day. Take out a small amount of old rabbit nuggets, and replace with the same, small amount of new. Give the bowl a mix around to make sure your rabbits will eat a combination of the two. 
  • Each day, slightly reduce their old food, and replace it with slightly more of their new food. Patience is key here. Changing your rabbits’ food too quickly can cause digestive issues, which can lead to serious health problems. 
  • Keep replacing your rabbits’ old food with their new food until their food has been completely replaced. At the end of the transition period, your rabbits should be eating their new rabbit nuggets happily with no issues!

NEED MORE ADVICE? If you’re at all unsure about the best way of feeding your rabbits or have any concerns about specific nutritional requirements, ask your local veterinary practice for advice. You can also call our expert team, available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, on +44 (0)1405 862241 who’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, use our online contact form to get in touch.

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