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Rabbit diets

Teklad rabbit diets are nutritionally complete pelleted diets formulated to meet the known nutrient requirements of the rabbit during growth, reproduction and maintenance.

High-quality plant protein sources supply the proper amounts and proportions of essential amino acids necessary to promote the general health and condition of rabbits during all phases of the life cycle.

Teklad rabbit diets contain dehydrated alfalfa meal, a high-quality forage ingredient that promotes the proper functioning of the digestive system. The protein in alfalfa meal also is utilized well by rabbits.

Mineral and vitamin fortification of these diets ensures an adequate nutritional balance to promote the proper growth, development, maintenance, and reproduction of research rabbits.

Products
Teklad rabbit dietsNon-autoclavable ormIrradiated
Teklad global rabbit diet 2030, 2030C 2930
Teklad global high fiber rabbit diet 2031, 2031C 2931
Teklad 15% rabbit diet 8630  
Not all products are stocked locally; extended lead time and additional fees may apply.
Many diets are available in certified format designated by a “C” following the product code. When diets are certified a representative sample is tested for a panel of contaminants. If not stocked as certified, certification can be made available upon request. Minimum order size and additional charges may apply.

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There is no definitive point where one is able to predict when a specific diet will spoil or become deficient in one or more nutrients. The common guideline of a six month shelf life is based on longstanding practice in North America. In Europe and Asia, differences in local practices and regulatory oversight have led to Teklad standard natural ingredient diets being routinely used out to nine months and sometimes 12 months post-manufacture. This practical experience, along with literature support and vitamin testing over time, gives us confidence that these diets continue to support animal health and study integrity out to at least nine months post-manufacture. Please refer to your institution for guidance if you are unsure of local policies.

Recommended storage conditions:

  • Cool and dry; at or below 70 degrees fahrenheit with humidity ideally below 50%, but up to 65% is acceptable
  • Clean and free of pests
  • In original packaging or in a container that prevents continuous exposure to light and minimal exposure to air

Rabbits may be limit-fed by placing a certain amount of feed in crocks or feeding hoppers once a day. Limit-feeding during maintenance and gestation is an efficient method of meeting the nutritional needs of the rabbit, yet it prevents excess weight gain. Rabbits also may be self-fed by placing feed in a hopper where they may eat at will. This method is most efficient for growing rabbits, lactating does, and young breeding stock.

Rabbit feeding requirements will vary with rabbit breed, age, and size. Through observation and controlled feeding, the proper body condition can be maintained for maximum performance. A ten-pound New Zealand white rabbit will consume approximately 150 g of Teklad rabbit diet per day.