Located at Rhine Creek Farm in Northwest Indiana
First and foremost, quality feed and access to fresh water is paramount in raising rabbits. Be sure to talk with successful breeders about the brand of feed that they use as well as how much to feed your breed. Realize that the breeder can only provide a general guideline about feeding because some rabbits need more feed, and some need less (just like people!). You need to evaluate your rabbits' condition on a continuous basis and adjust feed accordingly. Different feeds work differently as well. Some feeds require feeding a smaller amount while some require a larger amount. Opinions on the best feed vary widely, so be sure to do plenty of research before making a judgment about what feed to use.
Rabbits also need hay on a frequent basis. They are grazing animals, so be sure to provide plenty of timothy, grass, or orchard grass hay. Alfalfa hay can be given as a treat on occasion. Generally alfalfa hay is considered too high in protein for rabbits to consume too often. When choosing hay, be sure to select top quality, mold free hay for rabbits. Rabbits are very sensitive to the quality of what they eat, so be sure to provide the best you can find. If you do not know how to select nice hay, please seek advice of those that do.
Fresh water should be given multiple times per day. Rabbits have a tendency to get their water dirty, so plan to dump dirty water on a continuous basis. In warm weather, rabbits tend to drink much more water so you may need to fill bowls 3-4 times per day. Be sure to provide bowls that hold a fair amount of water; you do not want your rabbits to ever run out. Because some rabbits will dump bowls over, I recommend using heavy weight crocks for water.
Other than an occasional organic dandelion leaf or rabbitsafe herb, I do not feed vegetables or greens to my rabbits. Some sources state that feeding vegetables and greens is a necessity. You will have to do your research to determine what recommendation you wish to follow. Personally, I know numerous breeders who have gorgeous, perfectly conditioned rabbits that do not feed vegetables. To me this is evidence that they are not a necessity for keeping a rabbit healthy.
Contrary to what some sources state, competitive breeders must maintain a herd that is in prime condition to be able to show. Responsible, knowledgeable breeders keep their rabbits happy and healthy because not only do we adore our show rabbits, but our herds are a massive time and monetary investment. Definitely talk to respected breeders for suggestions for how to properly feed your herd.