How much should I feed my Flemish Giant Rabbit?

Published: June 17th, 2020
Last Updated: June 30th, 2023
Written By: Bradly Spicer
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What should a Flemish Giant Rabbit eat?

Flemish Giants are enormous in size, and contrary to popular belief, they do need a lot more food than your average house bun. Your Flemish Giant will require a balanced diet of Hay, Fruit, Veggies, and Pellets.

The basics of a rabbits diet

Around 80% of your rabbit’s diet should be hay. As grazing animals, they should constantly have an unlimited supply of fresh hay. For the most part, your rabbit should eat grass hays. There are a few brands that this falls under Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass, Oat Hay, and Brome Hay.

It doesn’t matter if you want to mix this up and have multiple hays in one pile or give your furry friend a single type. We give Link multiple types of hay to spoil him.

Alfalfa hay is not great for adult rabbits as this is a legume and not grass. This means that it is too rich to have regularly. It’s not a problem to give your rabbit a little alfalfa as a treat, though!

How many pellets should I give my Flemish Giant?

Wagg Rabbit Pellets
Testing Wagg Twitch Rabbit Pellets

This depends purely on how much your rabbit weighs, as your Flemish Giant will be larger than the average rabbit, and finding the relevant information can be difficult.

Your Flemish Giant as an adult will want one quarter cup of Timothy Hay pellets a day. If your Flemish Giant is under one year old / Under 5lbs, it would need one-eighth of a cup of Alfalfa Pellets.

Whilst our rabbit Link isn’t a Flemish Giant, he is a Flemish cross. In most cases you would want to give your adult rabbit a small portion of Timothy Hay base pellets, generally, you would not want more than a quarter of a standard cup.

As a warning, do not buy your rabbit any pellets which contain dried corn, nuts, and seeds. These are considered widely choking hazards.

What Hay should I give my Flemish Giant?

Having a Flemish Giant doesn’t change the type of hay they should have. At a year old at least, your rabbit should be eating Timothy Hay, you may be able to ween your Flemish Giant onto Timothy Hay earlier, but this should be at the discretion of your local vet.

There are a few recommendations for hay we have tried, some not so good and others our rabbit Link LOVES. Rather than post those we don’t rate highly, check out our recommended Hay selections which have been tried and tested!

How many vegetables can my Flemish Giant have?

Unfortunately, even though Flemish Giants are much larger, they shouldn’t exceed a standard amount of Vegetables and herbs daily. This typical amount is two cups of fresh vegetables.

If you have a Flemish Giant, you can, in theory, increase this; however, this can be a bad habit as most of the diet should be hay. With such delicate digestive tracts, it’s easy to do more harm than good by accident.

Rabbit Diet graph

Don’t feed your rabbit Potatoes, Seeds, Nuts, or Beans.

Some Vegetables you can give your rabbit daily are Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Carrot Tops, Fennel, and Radicchio.

How many treats can I give?

Treats are filled to the brim with sugar and preservatives, which is why you need to be very sparing with your rabbit. Did you know you can make your own healthy snacks? Like freeze-dried fruit and hay cookies. Some other treats can be dried flowers (With some exceptions) and most Oxbrow Branded treats.

We also get our rabbit “Naturals” but choose to avoid specific types of treats, we highly suggest picking the same as our specific tested treats.

Like you would, read the back of the packaging and avoid treats with added preservatives. Not all treats and toys sold in shops are regulated.

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