Fresh Greens

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At least 85-90% of the rabbit’s diet should consist of hay, grass and dried grass, as a guideline as much as the size of the rabbit’s body! They also need a small amount of nuggets – 20-25g per kg ideal bodyweight is all that is needed. You also need to make sure they have some green leafy salad as part of their diet and water should always be made available.

Fresh Greens

Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas can be fed fresh greens to give additional nutrients and to provide some variety, but you do need to be careful about what you feed them and how much.

Choosing vegetables
 Sadly it is the wrong belief that carrots are good for rabbits, contrary to what is shown in cartoons and movies! There is a high amount of starch and sugar in carrots and fruit (apples, pears, berries) which is not good for a rabbit in huge quantities, so they should only be fed in very small amounts as an occasional treat.

Offer vegetables and herbs that complement the hay/grass and nuggets a rabbit eats, green leafy vegetables (like kale, spinach and savoy cabbage) are low in sugar and a good addition to the diet.

Ideal greens and vegetables: Dandelions, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, Cabbages, Celery, Whole cauliflower, Cucumber, Salad peppers, Rocket, Spinach, Spring greens, Leaves, Watercress Greens and vegetables to avoid: Potato and potato tops, Rhubarb (leaves and stalks), Tomato leaves, Locust pods and beans

Fruits

Fruits can be fed, are a great source of extra nutrients but only feed in a small amounts as they can be high in sugar.

Twigs and branches

Rabbits love twigs and branches to help wear their teeth down, make sure you avoid trees that have fruit with stones, such as cherry or plum as these are toxic. Plants and shrubs from the garden can also be dangerous and so should be avoided.

Poisonous plants and shrubs:

Autumn crocus, Begonia, Black nightshade, Busy lizzie, Buttercup, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Crematis, Cowslip, Geranmium, Hemlock, Foxglove, Laburnum, Laurel, Lily of the valley, All ivy plants, Poppy, Rhododendron, Rhubarb, Yucca,

Safe options are rowan, pine, aspen and birch trees. Twigs from apple and pear trees are safe, as well as branches and leaves from currant, raspberry and blackcurrant that are tasty and safe to offer. Avoid anything that grows from bulbs, or has been treated with insecticides, fungicides or other toxic products.