The “Hay & Veggies” diet for your rabbits

Did you know about the “Hay & Veggies” diet?

Offer an unlimited amount of fresh grass, grass hay and weeds to your rabbit.

The “Hay and Veggies” diet consists of lots of hay, fresh grass, weeds and fibrous grasses, plus a large and varied selection of greens and vegetables every single day. This is undoubtedly the most natural way to feed your bunny and is highly recommended.

Examples of green foods (offer in large quantities)

Broccoli (leaves and top)

Brussel Sprouts

Spinach

Celery (leaves are good)

Dandelion greens (and flower)

Herbs

Swiss chard (any colour)

Leafy green lettuce (NOT iceberg)

Parsley

Carrot/Beet Tops

Water cress

Baby greens

Go with the seasons and offer a large variety of vegetables – especially leafy green items. Do not be tempted to offer only the favourite veggies!

Follow the same guidelines as listed for selecting and using green foods with the exception of the amount. Only offer a small amount (up to a handful) of any combination of the foods below. You will note that these are mostly fruits:

Kiwi Fruit

Peach

Capsicum

Raspberries

Cherries

Strawberries

Pear

Blueberries

Apple

Peas in the pod

Melon

Mango

Blackberries

Cranberries

Edible flowers from the garden such as roses, nasturtiums, day lilies, pansies and snap dragons. We do NOT recommend feeding bananas and grapes as some bunnies become addicted to these foods! Avocado is best NOT fed at all as some toxicities have been reported.

Forbidden Food for Rabbits

Never feed any commercial rabbit treats or high carbohydrate snacks that include those found in the following list;

Dried Beans

Cereals

Breads

Oats

Seeds

Refined Sugar

Chocolate

Dried Corn

Cake

Nuts

Dried Peas

Wheat…….or any other grains

Via:: Dr Kevin Pet Advice

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