OXBOW Essentials Young Rabbit Food All Natural Rabbit Pellets, 5-lb bag - Chewy.com

Oxbow Essentials Bunny Basics Young Rabbit Food

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About This Item


  • Bunny Basics - Young Rabbit Food is an alfalfa-based pellet created especially for the specific dietary needs of the young or active rabbit. Designed to meeting nutritional needs of rabbits under 1 year.
  • Rabbits are strict herbivores and a diet high in fiber is essential for maintaining good health. Alfalfa hay is used to provide an optimized balanced protein source, containing the amino acids required for the growth and health of your rabbit.
  • Can be fed to older rabbits having problems maintaining weight due to age or illness. When supplemented with free-choice grass hay
  • Bunny Basics Young Rabbit may also be fed to pregnant or nursing rabbits.
  • Always change your rabbit's food gradually to allow the digestive system time to adapt. Some rabbits are resistant to change, so time and patience are needed when switching feeds.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Oxbow Essentials Food Treats

Oxbow's Flagship Line

Oxbow's Essentials line is the diet that set the bar for today's small pet nutrition. There's a unique food for a variety of small animals—chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. These uniform pellets provide the right nutrients for each species with no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Treats for Enrichment

In addition to their foods, Oxbow's healthy treats are rewarding for small animals and their owners. Simple Rewards are made with wholesome, natural ingredients like freeze-dried fruits and veggies, Timothy hay, and aromatic herbs. They're great for training, bonding or simply adding a little variety.

The Gold Standard of Small Pet Nutrition

An ideal small animal diet includes 20% fortified foods for herbivores and 75% for omnivores for essential vitamins and micronutrients. Oxbow's three fortified food lines are recommended by veterinarians worldwide because they're specially formulated to meet the unique needs of small animals—a true gold standard of nutrition.

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About Oxbow

Family-owned and operated, Oxbow is passionately committed to helping small animals lead longer, healthier lives. Grown by experts on Oxbow's family of farms, their formulas and life-staged diets have defined the way small animals are fed today. From plant to pet, Oxbow products meet the highest standards time and time again.
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Questions & Answers

9 Customer Questions

Can I feed this to my 9 week old rabbit and my rabbit that’s almost 2? It is impossible to feed them both separate food. Thx!
Answer by ChewyMay 21, 2019
This food is made specifically to meet the unique, daily dietary requirements of rabbits under a year old. It is also ideal for rabbits with problems maintaining weight due to age or illness. When fed to an average adult rabbit, they may gain weight so it is not recommended for them.

Is this a good food to feed to my show rabbits?
Answer by ChewySep 08, 2018
Bunny Basics - Young Rabbit Food is an alfalfa-based pellet created especially for the specific dietary needs of the young or active rabbit. Bunny Basics Young Rabbit may also be fed to pregnant, nursing rabbits or older rabbits having problems maintaining weight due to age or illness when supplemented with free-choice grass hay.

How many cups are in the 25lb bag?
Answer by ChewyDec 02, 2021
This formula has approximately 75 cups of food in the 25-pound bag.

How long is it good for after open? Can I store it in the fridge to keep it fresh and not getting moldy?
Answer by ChewyJun 14, 2021
This food once opened, is suitable for use until the expiration date listed on the package, when stored in a cool dry place. Refrigeration is not required.

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Rated 4.7933 out of 5 stars
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150 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By yasmeenah on Jan 1, 2023

oxbow is good but not the best like everyone says

i’ve been transitioning my bunny to these pellets from the horrible grain based ones that his breeder was feeding him just bc oxbow doesn’t make this feed in bulk. i think they should bc those pellets were upsetting his tummy but now there aren’t any issues with his stool. they are definitely one of the healthier options since they have the recommended nutritional value unlike the old ones but i’m not a fan of a lot of the ingredients especially since baby buns need to eat more pellets than the adults yet their adult rabbit pellets seem to be healthier. i’d recommend sherwood pellets despite them being twice the price as oxbow. if you can’t afford a quality pellet you shouldn’t have a rabbit.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By BunMom on Nov 29, 2022

Good quality

This is a great feed for most Rabbits. I recently switched my 2 seven month old rabbits off of their old feed and was concerned that they might have digestive problems, but there was 0 problems and by the end of the transition they were eating all of the oxbow before the previous feed. The price increased unfortunately so I am not giving full ratting.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Happycustomer on Oct 22, 2022

Love the 25lb Bag!

I had been buying the 5 pound bag at the local pet store. I noticed the 25 lb. bag on here and ordered it. I couldn't be happier with my order! Everytime I open it the smell is so fresh. I'm saving so much buying in bulk! Fluffy loves this brand. He loves when I fill up his food. The smell is just great. He loves it!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Belle on Nov 11, 2022

Not for us

My Astra will not eat this. I've been trying to wean her off of another brand onto this and she'll eat all of the other but this will still be in her bowl. She'll only eat it after it's been around all day and there's nothing else to eat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Binx on Aug 18, 2022

my rabbit Binx ABSOLUTELY LOVES it.

My 5 month old Binx absolutely loves this food, he would much rather eat his pellets than hay (which he does) I usually use his pellets as a treat as well. I 100% recommend this brand over any other.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By FABULOUS on Aug 3, 2022


ORDERING NEVER GOTTEN BETTER...................................................

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on Jun 14, 2022

Bunny chow

Excellent! Cotton and thistle love it. The pellets are a good hardness and don't produce any powder.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SAndy on May 11, 2022

Baby bunny food

Great price babies love it Excellent food and excellent prices compared to smaller bags at store

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Crazybunnylady on Feb 15, 2022

Package ipen3d

We recently purchased a bag of this food and when it arrived the bag had a large cut in it, spilling the contents throughout the box. The food seems to be OK but now I'm worried about it losing its freshness quicker.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Akko on Mar 26, 2022

The food is good and my bunny loves it :))

my rabbit gets super exited anytime i'm about to feed him Lol! the food is great and shipping was super fast.