Essentials - Young Rabbit Food

Oxbow’s complete and balanced young rabbit food is formulated to meet your pet’s unique nutritional needs. We begin with hand-selected Alfalfa Hay to provide optimal protein and the fiber key to digestive health. We add wholesome ingredients and vital nutrients to support growth, energy, pregnancy and nursing needs. In this bag, and beyond, we promise only the best for your pet. Sizes: 5 lb, 10 lb, 25 lb

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Premium Ingredients

  • Alfalfa Hay = Beneficial Fiber and Protein
  • Soy Products = Fiber, Balanced Protein, Healthy Fat
  • Wheat = Ideal Carbohydrate and Energy Source


Alfalfa Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Oil, Salt, Cane Molasses, Lignin Sulfonate, Sodium Bentonite, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Yeast Culture, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min) 15.00%
  • Crude Fat (min) 2.50%
  • Crude Fiber (min) 22.00%
  • Crude Fiber (max) 25.00%
  • Moisture (max) 10.00%
  • Calcium (min) 0.60%
  • Calcium (max) 1.10%
  • Phosphorus (min) 0.25%
  • Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D (min) 900 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 190 IU/kg

Feeding Directions

Growing (under one year)

Unlimited pellets daily in addition to unlimited grass hay.


Unlimited pellets daily in addition to unlimited grass hay. Alfalfa hay may be given in small quantities.

Please note that these are guidelines. If your rabbit is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

Seventy-five percent of your rabbit's diet should be grass hay. Oxbow offers a variety of hand-selected, high-fiber hays to enrich the life and health of your pet.

Transitioning to a New Food: Week 1, mix 3 parts current food with 1 part new food. Week 2, mix 2 parts current food with 2 parts new food. Week 3, mix 1 part current food with 3 parts new food. Week four, feed Oxbow Essentials Young Rabbit Food exclusively.

Bunny Basics - Young Rabbit Food is an alfalfa-based pellet created especially for the specific dietary needs of the young or active rabbit. 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.

Bunny Basics - Young 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.

Young bunnies have different nutritional needs than those of adult pet rabbits. Oxbow's fresh-from-the-farm Bunny Basics - Young Rabbit Food fulfills those unique dietary requirements.

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.

“Our indoor bunny Sir Francis started eating Oxbow hay when he was 1 year old. He is now a healthy 7 1/2 years old and loves the timothy pellets, timothy hay, and an occasional handful of oat hay. These mainstays of his diet have kept him happy and active for all of these years. Sir Francis gives your products two paws up! Keep up the excellent work and thanks for the support and honest service.”
Ken from Florida

“My veterinarian told me about Oxbow when I adopted a baby bunny. She is thriving and I owe her good health to the great nutrition the Oxbow provides.”
Janet from Ohio

“I tell my clients that I've been involved with rabbits for over 35 years and with confidence recommend feeding Bunny Basics. It is our hospital diet of choice.”
Dr. Sam Ristich
Indian Prairie Animal Hospital - Aurora, IL

  1. BrandonJuly 17, 2014
    July 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    My 3 month old rabbits love Oxbow young rabbit food. At first they didn't know what it was but as they started to figure it out i have always found their food bowl empty. Bunnies Thumper and OJ are growing strong thanks to Oxbow Bunny Basics.
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  2. SusanOctober 22, 2013
    Great products!
    Rating 5 out of 5
    Our new bunny is really thriving on the young rabbit food. She was obviously the runt out of the group and her fur was very thin and she just didnt look well. She looks great now and her coat is coming in wonderfully. I will continue with Oxbow products for all 3 of our rabbits. The Timothy hay is great too. Our rabbits love it.
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  3. DawnApril 5, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    This is the only brand I will use along with Timothy Hay and water of course! It always agrees with them and with a lot of agility exercise they are happy babies!!
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