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Last Post by Sarita at 8/03/2013 7:10 AM (10 Replies)
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User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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8/11/2006 7:47 AM

I've gradlually been introducing new vegetables to Boo's diet however when researching whats safe and whats not there is confusing and contradicting advice on what types of vegetables and the amounts of these vegetables are suitable. What does everyone feed their buns and how much?

So far Boo gets spinach, romaine lettuce, little bit parsley, kale and broccoli. He wnt touch carrot and hates basil unless its in biscuit form. I wanted to extend the variety of vegetables he gets but some books suggest lots of cabbage types veggies whereas other suggest limiting these or ruling them out completely. Its all so confusing!!


User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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8/11/2006 9:05 AM
the big favorites at my house are herbs - flat leaf parsley, dill, basil and mint. They also really love kale and dandelion greens. Each bunny gets about 2 cups a day of veggies. Sometimes they get spring mix lettuce - but the other things are much tastier to them.

Some veggies are higher in calcium and should only be fed once a week - like kale. Broc can be ok, but can also cause bloating or gas.

this list is helpful since it lets you know what veggies should be limited or avoided: http://www.coloradohrs.com/veggies.asp

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User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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8/11/2006 9:51 AM
Thanks gravehearted i checked out the house rabbit advocat webpage and it lists all the veggies just not quantities. Thanks for the link i'll check it out now. I limit Boo's broccoli intake to 2 florettes a week cos it makes him do really stinky pumps! and im convinced my bf thinks it's me. hehe

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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8/11/2006 10:22 AM

Tallullu - I rarely feed any solid veggies, except every once in awhile broccoli.  I stick to leafy green veggies

I follow the guidelines of the House Rabbit Society

Romaine lettuce, parsley (both Italian and the bushy kind), dandelion greens, cilantro, mint, chicory, baby bok choy.  I feed Kale in a blue moon because Jack loves it but gets that white sludge when he eats it. 

The problem with the cabbage type veggies is it can cause gas and bloat in some bunnies.  Which is painful, which then can lead to gi stasis (a slow down or stop of the intestinal tract.), and that is not good!

I know this is not only what the HRS cautions, but I have seen it myself with my bunnies.  Rucy can't handle too much of that because she gets bloat and it gets serious.

Hope that helps!


User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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8/11/2006 11:28 AM
Thanks binky once again great advice. I feed Boo romaine lettuce everyday he loves it, I'll try the bok choi and limit the solid greens like broccoli to every once and a while. He does enjoy it but it turns his urine a funny orange colour and his bottom pumps are awfully pungent hahaha. I think I will stay clear of any veggies from the cabbage family. Thanks again its great having other bunny people to discuss your issues with its so much better than just reading the scrolls of advice and just hoping that your doing it right.

User is Offline BB
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8/11/2006 11:45 AM

I am so glad that this forum is helping you out.  That is exactly what it is meant for!  YEAH! 

I am also glad you read my post through all the typos!  I went back over it because I have been speeding though this afternoon as it's sort of hectic here, and I went back to double check and my post was a mess. I better check my others.  


User is Offline Bunnies4ever
Hercules, California
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8/11/2006 12:17 PM
I love this forum! It lets me know that I'm not alone in caring for my bunnies. Before I adopted my bunnies, I did research on care, behavior, etc. and I came across information on feeding. It depends on what your bunnies like. Like binky bunny said, broccoli and brussel sprouts can cause gas, so I don't give them to my rabbits. Kale can be toxic over time, so I stopped giving it to them, although Kahlua loves Kale. They get the leafy veggies. One bunny favors different veggies than the other one, so I have to make sure I buy the correct ones! They eat romaine lettuce, basil (Chloe hates it, Kahlua loves it). The both adore italian parsley and dandalion leaves over cilantro and regular parsley, although they will eat it. They both hate dill and mint. They also love Bok Choy. They both get around 2 cups every evening. Some websites say you can feed rabbits the tops of beets with the greens still attached, but I've yet to try that! After Chloe's spay, she would only eat very little hay for about 2 days. She wouldn't touch her pellets, so I got concerned, even though she was pooping. She wouldn't even eat her veggies which she loves. To tempt her to eat, I waved a sprig of basil (more fragrant) under her nose, and sure enough, she started nibbling at it.. She was soon back to her old self. You may want to try that if it happens.

User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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8/11/2006 7:44 PM
Fujoe didn't like the beets or green part. . .

User is Offline Brittania
California
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8/03/2013 6:58 AM
I've been feeding Posey romaine and cilantro daily, but I add "toppers". Whenever I eat fruit or veggies I'll share the parts that would otherwise go to compost. Example, the green leafy stem parts off strawberries, the peels off a melon, the skin off an apple, the stock off broccoli, the green vine off tomatoes or grapes. All in moderation of course! The natural sugars in fruit can be harmful to rabbits. Be aware of portion size.
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User is Offline Brittania
California
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8/03/2013 7:02 AM
what's more....I'll serve Posey her meal by stuffing it in several a toilet paper rolls. It's entertaining to see her chew, smack the tubes around and dig at them. Does this border on animal cruelty to make her "work" for her food? I've done this with her morning pellets as well. True, the pellets get all over the place, but she's good at "vacuuming" up the pieces.
"Charming everyone everywhere she went."

User is Online Sarita
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8/03/2013 7:10 AM
Brittiania, welcome - this post is from 2006 - we ask our members to not answer old posts - it is very confusing and no longer relevant to the original post. I am going to lock this.
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