Bunny Branola is a rabbit feed supplement that supports lustrous fur, improved stress management, and digestive and immune health for all pet and livestock rabbits.
It is also a rabbit conditioning supplement containing a combination of completely natural and healthful ingredients: grains, vegetables, seeds, and herbs.
Used in small amounts as a top dressing, Branola promotes health and a sleek, glossy coat in any rabbit.
As a high-calorie energy source, it helps keep your rabbits warmer in winter, reducing cold-weather-related stress.
It also promotes good dental health and gastrointestinal function.
Improved nutrition in a rabbit also helps to support the rabbit's healthy physiological stress response whenever they encounter a "stress situation:"
things can stress a rabbit, but good nutrition can help. (This statement doesn't include internal parasites, disease or injury, just the
day-to-day stressful adjustments that rabbits frequently have to make, since they
live with humans.)
Use Bunny Branola 4 different ways!
Branola was specifically designed for angora rabbits, however normal-furred rabbits will also benefit from supplementation.
If you are newly adding Branola to your rabbit's diet, it would be wise to keep a close eye on the rabbit's weight at first. This will help ensure that you are giving enough to benefit the rabbit but not so much that it will become overweight.
Initially, Kim was motivated
by the desire to feed flax seed to her rabbits, but with the usual screened
J-feeders that Kim and most breeders use, the flax seeds would end up on the
ground or in the drop pan.
So she shifted to
Plan B: Find a way to concoct a rabbit feed supplement that could be conveniently fed without being wasted.
This of course became a long process. She tried cookies, flax crackers, even a gelatinous goo. Eventually Kim hit upon the idea of making a rabbit type granola with all yummy (to rabbits) ingredients.
Researching rabbit-safe ingredients can be time consuming and frustrating as the current available information mixes scientific findings with old wives' tales and anecdotal "facts." Hence, the need for the most important rabbit in her barn, "Ralph the test-bunny." If Ralph liked an ingredient or a recipe, chances were good that all rabbits everywhere would also love the new Bunny Branola supplement.
Ralph the test bunny willingly chewed his way through multiple ingredients and each of the various recipe experiments. His "opinions" and reactions were the stage I testing for all the research and development decisions.
Kim states, “We could not have made Branola into the rabbit-favorite-food it has become without all his help.”
Besides testing Branola on her own rabbits, Kim gave out free samples to other rabbit breeders.
One sniff of Branola’s wonderful aroma, and many of them immediately remarked, “I’d eat this stuff!”
Of course, the rabbits dove into their feeders head first whenever the Branola was sprinkled over the feed, and the breeders begged Kim to officially market it.
Ava Firth, BS DVM MVS MANZCVS DACVECC MRCVS, has years of experience as a critical care veterinary surgeon in Nottingham UK. She holds lectureships at the University of Melbourne AU, University of Minnesota USA, and the University of Glasgow UK.
Dr. Firth carefully reviewed and approved the Branola formulation, encouraging Ms. Martin to produce it widely for sale to the public.
So, after 3 years of research and development...
*A significant part of the information on this page was adapted directly from the Bunny Bran website at the direction and with the permission of the owner.