In a healthy balanced diet for a rabbit you should include:
- Hay and grass daily
-Rabbits need at least one bundle of good quality hay that's as big as they are every day. Good quality, fresh hay should be available at all times and, ideally, rabbits should have access to growing grass for grazing or kiln-dried grass.** DONT GIVE THEM LAWNMOWER CLIPPINGS**These can make your rabbits ill due to the toxins when the grass starts to ferment.
- Leafy greens daily
-Rabbits must have an adult-sized handful(or a plateful) of safe washed leafy greens, herbs and weeds daily. Feed a variety of greens daily, ideally 5-6 different types, such as cabbage/kale/broccoli/parsley/mint. Introduce new types of greens gradually in small amounts to avoid potential stomach upsets.
Here is a list of veggies, fruits and herbs that are safe for bunnies!
Cabbage (dark green varieties)
Carrot tops and roots as a treat
Cauliflower including the leaves
Radish greens and roots
Salad greens/lettuce (not many of these as they can make poos runny)
Sprouts – but if you get them a sprouting tree be careful of how much of the stalk they eat as it’s very tough
Squash (any type – including cucumber)
Sweet potatoes (as a treat)
In the wild (or garden!)
Apple leaves and twigs
Cleavers (goosegrass or sticky weed)
Plantain (broadleaf and ribwort)
Pear leaves and twigs
Rosebay willowherb (fireweed)
Roses (leaves and flowers)
But remember this rhyme : If in doubt leave it out!
-Feed your rabbit a small number of good quality pellets every day.
Measure 25g of pellets per kg of your rabbit's body weight; For a medium-sized rabbit (2kg) it would be 50g of pellets or 2 egg cups full.
Museli style rabbit food is not good for your rabbit, they can pick out the naughty pieces of food and leave the fibrous pellets out meaning they can have diarrhoea or become constipated.If your bun is on rabbit food like this you can easily switch them over to pellets.
- Healthy treats
-Feed part of their daily ration of greens/pellets/nuggets, as treats and rewards during training.
Feed carrots/apples, in small amounts as occasional treats.
Don't feed any other treats as these may harm rabbits.
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-Note your rabbits' weight. Adjust their food to ensure they're not overweight or underweight.
-Young/pregnant/nursing/ill rabbits have different needs. Ask your vet for advice on suitable diets.
-If you're unsure about providing the best diet for your rabbits, talk to your vet.
Hope this helpsx