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When having a large stack of hay in the litterbox isn’t enough for your rabbit(s), you may want to look into making or purchasing a hay feeder. Most hay feeders that you find in pet stores are too small or designed in such a way that it is too easy for rabbits to jump in, or on top of and soil the hay. There are a variety of types of hay feeders to choose from, especially when you search around in house rabbit groups and forums online, but in this article we’re going to focus on a few of our favorite types of hay feeders. We chose these specifically because they're not your typical feeder, and they are cheap/easy to make or purchase.
Can be bought online or in stores
Cost: Under $10
Tools required: None
Materials required: A carabiner clip, hook, or zip-tie to secure to habitat
Even though this was designed for a completely different purpose, it also works surprisingly well as a hay feeder! This feeder requires no assembly, is easy to fill, has wide enough bars that rabbits can more easily grab the hay, and can be used in most areas. It works best with an exercise pen or large set ups where you can clip it to the side near the litterbox. It’s not very expensive and the way it’s designed doesn’t encourage rabbits to jump on top of it. The only other thing you would need to purchase is a clip in order to clip it to the side of your rabbits area, and it can be easily raised or lowered depending on your rabbits size.
Cost: Can be made in under $10 depending on what you have handy
Tools required: Drill OR if the plastic is soft enough, box cutter
Materials required: New or thoroughly cleaned litterbox, Reusable Zip ties, 1 wire storage cube
One nice thing about this feeder is it can be made to be pretty much any size you need. It also does not have to be a litterbox, it can also be a plastic bin with similar long/narrow dimensions. This method it is also easy to be able to put partial flakes of hay if you have a big hay eater.
This works well with either larger or smaller wire storage cubes, but we recommend using the smaller storage cubes with smaller rabbits (under 4lbs) to prevent their heads from possibly getting stuck in the grate if you let the hay get too low.
This hay feeder is extremely easy to put together if you already have wire storage cubes and and extra litterbox handy. It works best in exercise pen set ups, and is easy to dismantle and clean if needed. It can work with either large or small rabbits. Depending on the length of the litterbox, you’ll either have the option to stuff hay in through the top OR just undo the reusable zip ties to refill.