Wild rabbits forage for a variety of foods to get a good nutritional mix. So, keep things interesting for your pets by mixing and matching foods from the list below.
Remember, only give your rabbits small amounts of sweet veg, like peppers and carrots. Keep it regular, so a small piece, of around one cubic centimetre, every day or so, is great.
Rabbits on a good diet, with lots of hay or grass, and a good gut microbiome, will tolerate larger amounts. But those on poor diets are likely to develop diarrhoea and GI stasis even with a small, occasional piece of veg.
There are two good options to create the variety they’d enjoy in the wild. One is to pick treats from a list of sweet vegetation, rotated from day to day, all year. The other option, is to choose seasonal veg, fresh month by month, for a happy healthy rabbit
B Basil Broccoli Beetroot greens
C Cabbage (dark green varieties) Carrot tops and roots as a treat Cauliflower including the leaves Celeriac Celery Coriander Curly kale Courgette (including flowers/excluding leaves)
J Jerusalem Artichoke
M Mint Marrow
P Parsley Pepper Pumpkin
R Radish greens and roots Rocket
S Salad greens/lettuce (not many of these as they can make poos runny) Spinach Spring greens Sprouts – but if you get them a sprout tree be careful of how much of the stalk they eat as it’s very tough Squash (any type – including cucumber)
In the wild (or Garden!)
A Agrimony Apple leaves and twigs Avens
B Blackberry leaves Blackcurrant leaves Burdock
C Camomile Calendula Cleavers (goosegrass or sticky weed) Cornflower Common mallow Chamomile Currant
G Goats rue Golden rod
H Hawkbit Hawthorn Hazel
J Jerusalem artichoke
L Lemon balm Lady’s Mantle
M Marigold Melilote Mulberry
P Plantain (broad leaf and ribwort) Pear leaves and twigs
R Raspberry leaves Rosebay willowherb (fireweed) Roses (leaves and flowers)
S Shepherd’s purse Sow Thistle Strawberry greens Sunflowers