I agree that fresh and simple ingredients are best. We first raised rabbits 20 years ago to feed our Siamese cats, and Beauceron dogs back then. We still feed raw to our Belgian Malinois and cats and to many of the dogs at our boarding facility (by some owners' request). Everyone compliments the muscle, coat and condition of our animals.
The best commercial Organic rabbit pellet we have found still contains soy meal which I'm not happy about, but overall the ingredients are pretty good. Modesto Mills Ingredients: Organic sun-dried alfalfa, organic wheat millrun, organic oats, organic soybean meal, organic flaxseed, monocalcium phosphate, diatomaceous earth, Redmond conditioner (clay), Redmond salt, organic kelp meal, mineral & vitamin premix, organic garlic, organic thyme, organic anise oil, organic cinnamon, organic anise seed, organic rosemary oil, dried aspergillus niger fermentation product
Analysis: Crude protein min 16%, crude fat min 3%, crude fiber max 19.6%, ash max 12.5%.
We actually had to become a distributor to get it shipped to our location in order to feed the rabbits and chickens. I wanted to avoid soy and they do make a no soy and no corn layer pellet. I really do not understand why they put the soy in the rabbit pellet except that people are looking for the optimum weight gain in the fryers..but rabbits make great gains on greens if the genetics and health are there imo.
This is why we forage and grow for our rabbits. I'm not at the point where I can forage or grow 100% of their feed as I live in SoCal and need to plant more trees and improve some more of my land and get it under production for the livestock. We still have a whole list of projects..probably like many others.
Our horses get organic meadow grass hay trucked from Oregon. Wish my land could produce enough to feed the 2 horses, but that's not going to to happen on my 5 acres of riverbed land (sand and more sand). However, we have improved our < 1 acre "dog training" field / pasture for the small flock of sheep and rotate them on it.
I am really a fan of "fresh" greens and pasture feeding of the livestock and raw feeding for the carnivors.
Our dogs chowing down after a goat butchering workshop at our ranch.