Hay breeds bacteria, add that with rabbit urine, anything your rabbit picks up with their feet and poo and you’ve got yourself a nasty mixture of potential illness.
In this post, we’re going to review the best rabbit hay feeder / hay racks on the market. From cheap to expensive, classy to tacky and even downright whacky.
One of the greatest benefits of a Hay Feeder is that it tends to keep hay fresher for longer and promotes having your rabbit work for their food.
Having had three rabbits, I’ve had indoor feeders, outdoor feeders, automatic pellet feeders, the lot! Choosing one best rabbit hay feeder is no easy feat, they all have pros and cons.
However, to help you avoid wasting time, we recommend the CalPalmy Hay Feeder. Purely for its size, anti-mess set up and easy to eat from tray.
If you’re a beginner rabbit owner or experienced rabbit owner, hopefully, we help you find a new hay feeder that will keep your home clean and your rabbit happy!
If you’re happy to throw style and aesthetics in the bin, this is the best rabbit hay feeder we recommend.
What makes this so good is that it hooks over pretty much anything, we even tried dangling it from a string and our rabbit Link LOVED it. whilst it does boast being non-toxic, we still highly suggest that any nibbly rabbit get a wooden based hay manager!
This wall-mountable Hay feeder is a fantastic safe option for your rabbit, it’s got extremely easy installation steps which is simply just a hanging hole with a screw on the back.
This means it’s incredibly conveient to move and re-set up in just a matter of minutes.
It’s made from natural wood materials which make it safe for rabbits to chew on should they feel the urge.
Hang it up high or down low, it minimalises the excess hay that comes from it.
This is a great hay feeder for anyone who has a naughty rabbit, it will keep your rabbit entertained for quite a long time.
It’s a fairly small rabbit feeder, so it’s not too difficult to place anywhere, however, due to its small size, it’s not the easiest to fill with hay.
This is probably the most enrichment filled hay feeder for rabbits on the market. Simply fill it with hay and you’ll see your rabbit spend a long amount of time rolling it around to get its hay.
We’ve had two of these, the first one ruined due to our rabbit Link throwing his water over it, but since the second one, it’s become a huge part of Links enrichment.
The dangling carrots are fantastic as they rest of your rabbits head as they try and nibble them. Extremely funny!
It’s more than worth the price, I can’t stress enough how great it is for any curious or naughty bunny.
We’ve thrown this away as we prefer the Rosewood Tree feeder for having out and about, but don’t let that deter you!
This seems like a much better option for anyone who has multiple rabbits. It’s more of a collective group eating station.
I would suggest keeping this in your rabbit’s cage or in an area that’s not carpet based.
Typically speaking, Hay Feeder bags aren’t great for rabbits as they’re easily ripped, ruined and need replacing regularly.
However, this feeder bag offers a “Bite Resistant”, the reviews for this rabbit hay feeder also reiterate this, so they must be doing something right!
There’s so much to know about Rabbit Diets, how much to feed them, what to feed them, which products are the best. But with the important factor here being hay, we should really touch on everything you need to know as a buyer.
Lots of people simply throw hay in their rabbit’s cage, in a corner, in the rabbit bowl but this can cause confusion between where their sleeping area or feeding area is.
Rabbit Hay Feeders are definitely the answer, especially when you can provide enrichment, activity and stimulate their desire to forage for their food.
No, you can put hay in the end of their toilet, tuck in the corner of the cage or even just leave it in the same place on the floor.
But, Hay does harbour bacteria and that can live inside your rabbit for quite some time before getting them ill.
You would think it’s simple, finding the best rabbit hay feeder can’t be that hard, right? Well, you’d be wrong. There’s a lot of companies that produce hay feeders made of toxic materials or feeders that aren’t durable and if bitten could cause a choking risk.
We typically mix our different types of hay up to provide a balanced diet, but you may find a different hay feeder for each is the best way to go.
You may think, the bigger the better! But rabbits need a consistant fresh amount of hay on a regular basis. So the hay you put in two days prior will need swapping out, not just topping up!
We suggest finding a hay feeder that fits on the basis of how many rabbits you have and how much hay they eat in one sitting. This will be different on a rabbit by rabbit basis.
Any of the ones we listed above will do the trick, but if you’re going for the Rosewood Hay Feeder Tree, you will need to replace the hay regularly (We often smuggle in some treat hay).
Rabbits chew stuff all the time, you don’t want to buy them a hay feeder that causes issues if they digest part of it. That’s why we always suggest using products which a verified as safe for nibbling!
For the most part, you want to avoid plastic, anything that’s been painted or has a ‘treat’ coating to it that isn’t a non-toxic food dye.
If possible we suggest metal or wood hay feeders as they are rabbit safe.
Lots of Rabbit Hay Feeders are counter-productive, they’ll either be too small for your rabbit to reach in or be in a dangly ball and just not be accessible and your rabbit will lose interest.
You should pick a hay feeder that best suits your rabbits needs and mannerisms, if they’re into foraging and like a challenge, a ball shaped feeder may be perfect.