Feeding your Rabbit

Nutritional advice for rabbits

Quite simply, rabbits eat grass. It is high in fibre, moderate levels of protein, low in fat and sugar.

In an ideal world, rabbits would have free access to gardens in order for them to eat all the grass they need. However, this is not always convenient for us.

We can provide a diet which is high in fibre which maintains dental health and a healthy gut. It is a diet of:

  • Grass and hay
  • Vegetables
  • Small amount of pellet food

We recommend Burgess Excel Rabbit Food to be provided as the pellet portion of the diet. It is designed as a complementary food so that is fed alongside grass, hay and vegetables.

If you are planning to change the pellet portion of the diet, then this must be done slowly. This should be done over two weeks. Similarly if you want to increase the grass, hay and vegetable portion of the diet, this has to be done gradually also.

Rabbits must also have free access to water, either using a bowl or bottle. It is very important that the bottle or bowl must be cleaned twice daily to prevent contamination or bacterial infection.

Remember, it is normal for rabbits to eat the sticky droppings that they produce. These caecotrophs are passed at night and basically contain fibre and bacteria. Rabbits will eat these as soon as they are passed in order to redigest and extract essential nutrients.

Wild plants that rabbits are able to have include:

  • Agrimony
  • Goosegrass
  • Sow Thistle
  • Avens
  • Grass
  • Trefoil
  • Bramble (Leaves)
  • Knapweed
  • Vetch
  • Chickweed
  • Mallow
  • Yallow
  • Clover
  • Mayweed
  • Coltsfoot
  • Plantain
  • Cow Parsnip (Leaves)
  • Raspberry (Leaves)
  • Dandelion
  • Sea Beet

The main vegetables that can be fed are:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot and Carrot Tops
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Swede
  • Watercress

Rabbits will also eat the leaves and branches of Apple and Hazel trees. The branches also provide ideal gnawing material which will help keep the incisors worn down.

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