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Old 11-12-2005, 12:00
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Hiya,

I think my bunnies are getting bored living off carrots, broccoli and sprouts as treats, I was wondering if anyone knew what other vegtables they can have, ones which are easily accesible from the shops, because in my book is says yale and marrow and other wierd things which I would never be able find.

Also, can they eat cabbage leaves and potato peel?

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Old 11-12-2005, 12:12
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Cauliflower and cabbage leaves are ok, as are spring greens.

Avoid too much lettuce
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:41
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Why not grass?

Edit - ...and this is not a magic roundabout / Dylan metaphor.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:53
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Aubergene? Parsnips?
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:54
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Ours love broccoli and cabbage
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Old 11-12-2005, 13:08
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Carrot tops, beet tops, dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides), kale, romaine lettuce, (don't give light-colored leaf lettuce or iceberg lettuce), endive, Swiss chard, parsley, clover, cabbage, broccoli, carrot, green peppers, pea pods (the flat edible kind), Brussels sprouts, basil, raddichio, bok choi and spinach.

They like fruit as well. Apples and bananas are appreciated and they won't mind if they are from the remnants shelf at the supermarket and onlly cost 5p!
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Old 11-12-2005, 13:12
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ENDIVE???? SWISS CHARD??? My God, you're going to end with a rabbit that talks like Brian Sewell! (if it were to talk)
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Old 11-12-2005, 13:16
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They also like, phone cable, leather sofa, table legs, areal cable, door frames and carpet..
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Old 11-12-2005, 13:50
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Originally Posted by Henk70
They also like, phone cable, leather sofa, table legs, areal cable, door frames and carpet..
Tsk, tsk.
Why can nobody spell the word which refers to a wireless transmission antenna?
Rabbits like aerial cables! OK!
Regards,
diablo

p.s. aerial cables are not good for rabbits and should not form a large part of their diet.
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Old 12-12-2005, 00:15
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Sorry this reply is so long but it covers practically everything!!!

Why not grow sunflowers - The whole plant can be supplied as rabbit food; leaves, stalks chopped into short lengths (e.g. 15 to 25 cms for easy handling), flower petals and flower heads. Flowers are fed to bunnies’ whether mature or not. Sunflower seeds are remarkably rich in vitamins and minerals and have a high twenty-four gram protein content. For that reason no more than a daily teaspoon of seed should be added to the feed bowl. The rest of the plant is perfectly safe and can be fed generously.

Lettuce does have high water content, but also contains folic acid (important during pregnancy), calcium, iron, chlorine, sulphur, bromine, potassium, vitamin E (fertility vitamin) and is rich in silicon. Apart from the rather ordinary ‘Iceberg’ variety of lettuce there are many other interesting, colourful varieties. You can grow a selection of Asian varieties: Mizuna, Mibuna, Tah Tsai or Red Mustard or any others originating from different parts of the world such as; Radicchio, Rocket, Romaine Oak Leaf, Red and Green Coral, Endive, Cos, Butter head, Mignonettes, Red and Yellow Witlof.
Cabbage contains vitamins A, C, and K, sulphur, silicon, calcium, (more than cows milk) and is rich in chlorine. The dark green outer leaves that most people discard are much higher in nutrients than the pale coloured inner, heart, and leaves. Cabbage or other fresh foods will not cause diarrhoea or bloat unless eaten in excess.

Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Choy Sum, Kale, Tat Soi,

Raw Corncobs can be gnawed (preferably without the kernels or just a few) as they contain high starch content and are fattening. even the silky tassels (a good source of Potassium) stripped off the corncob. If the leaves are huge they can be torn into meal size pieces and the thick fibrous stems are cut into smaller meal size pieces with secateurs.

The radish leaves are rough and hairy and the veggie quite tasty but more importantly the whole plant is quite edible rabbit-wise.
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* Beans (all varieties)
* Beetroot
* Capsicum (all colours)
Carrot
Celeriac
Chicory
* Cucumber
Fennel (cultivated)
* Sweet Potato
* Mushrooms
Okra
Parsnip
* Peas
* Pumpkin
Spinach
Swede
* Tomato
Turnip
Watercress
*corgette

* - feed in small amounts only

Whatever fruit we consume they are also quite edible to rabbits the only precaution is to not feed them in excess. Rule of thumb should apply to the juicy types or parts of individual fruit. For instance the skin of a watermelon can be fed in moderate amounts yet only a little bit of the actual fruit is offered to a bunny due to high water and sugar content. As with all food we must also make sure any selected fruit fed to rabbits is not overly ripe or bruised. Although we discard many varieties of fruit skins such as banana or mandarin these are not wasted when given to a rabbit with a hearty appetite.

For whatever reasons only known to rabbits the following are generally not consumed.
Vines and leaves of all varieties of Pumpkin, Zucchini, Squash, Cucumber, Watermelon, Rockmelon.
Asparagus spears and their ferny leaf stems.
Leeks, Onions, Shallots, Eggplant, Choko, Avocado skins.
Globe or Jerusalem Artichokes
My bunnies love mandarin peels but turn their noses up on most of the other citrus peels.
The majority of rabbits do not eat pieces of zucchini or squash though the not so fussy ones will. If there is one thing for certain each and every bunny is an individual and they all have individual tastes.
Caution: Rhubarb leaves, Tomato vines, Potato plants and green potatoes are known to be poisonous.

For whatever reasons only known to rabbits the following are generally not consumed.
Vines and leaves of all varieties of Pumpkin, Zucchini, Squash, Cucumber, Watermelon, Rockmelon.
Asparagus spears and their ferny leaf stems.
Leeks, Onions, Shallots, Eggplant, Choko, Avocado skins.
Globe or Jerusalem Artichokes
most citrus peels.
The majority of rabbits do not eat pieces of corgette or squash though the not so fussy ones will. If there is one thing for certain each and every bunny is an individual and they all have individual tastes.
Caution: Rhubarb leaves, Tomato vines, Potato plants and green potatoes are known to be poisonous.

Lastly - dried bread as a treat preferably wholegrain rather than processed white bread - dried or toasted as a small treat as rabbits can get addicted to bread (though I've read that it's certainly not true for my bunny he didn't touch it he much prefers apples and carrots)!
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Old 27-08-2012, 18:58
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Most of the veggies mentioned in this thread are only good as treats, not as a regular part of the diet. Too many treats will make your bunny sick. A bite or two is enough!

Lots of the veggies mentioned in this thread are crucifers, which should be treated with caution. All crucifers are indicated in gas. Gas can be painful for rabbits, even leading to deadly illness (GI stasis). Some rabbits are more sensitive than others. Some rabbits are so sensitive they should avoid these foods entirely; others can eat them in moderation. The key is to be observant and know your bunny! Crucifers include:
Cabbage
Kale
Broccoli
Mizuna
Mustard greens
Rocket (aka arugula)
Kohlrabi
Bok choy, choy sum, yu choy
Cauliflower
Collard greens
Radish tops
Rapini (aka broccoli rabe)
Turnip tops
Cress (eg watercress)

Potato Peel: Rabbits can't eat it. Potato is too high in starch for rabbits, it's just not healthy. Also, eyes and any green parts on the potato are toxic for rabbits.

Grass: Rabbits can eat it but it's low in nutritional value. Hay is much better, because it's so high in fibre. Grass hay is the biggest part of a healthy adult rabbit's diet. Fresh grass, though, should be considered a treat, if at all. Grass from outside can have pesticides or fertilzer or other toxins on it, or parasites left behind from other animals traipsing through. If you aren't positive it's safe, don't give your bunny grass.

Beans & Peas: Do not give your rabbit any beans, peas, or any legume fruit. They are unhealthy and not a part of the rabbit's natural diet. Edible bean pods (like snow peas) are okay as a treat, but that's it. Legume greens, like alfalfa, clover, and sprouts, are okay as a treat.

Bread: Do not give this to your rabbit, it's unnecessary and very unhealthy. Avoid all foods made for humans, including crackers, cereal, cookies, etc.

Corn: Don't give any to your bunny. Not only is it high in starch and sugar, but rabbits can't digest the hulls (the outside of every single kernel), so eating them can lead to impaction, GI stasis, death.

Lettuce: Lactucarium, a chemical in lettuce, can give rabbits diarrhea, which can turn into deadly illness. Dark-coloured lettuces have less lactucarium than light-coloured lettuces. Avoid all light/white lettuces (like iceberg), and don't feed too much dark lettuces, and your bunny should be fine.

Peels & Skins: Usually, vegetable peels and skins that we don't eat are totally coated in pesticides or other chemicals. Unless they're organic, don't give your bunny any peels or skins.

RABBIT-SAFE VEGGIES
A healthy diet for adult rabbits consists of mostly grass hay, with some high-quality pellets daily, a salad of dark leafy greens daily, and small occasional treats of fruit or veg. That's it! A good way to think of vegetables is in two categories: dark green and leafy; and others (treats). The leafy veggies are good on a daily basis (in a "salad"); the others are only good as treats.

"Salad" Greens[LIST][*]Beet tops (chard)[*]Mache[*]Carrot tops[*]Cucumber leaves[*]Spinach[*]Dandelion[*]Celery leaves[*]Basil[*]Sage[*]Dill[*]Mint[*]Parsley[*]Thyme[*]Chervil[*]Rosemary[*]Fennel tops[*]Marjoram[*]Cilantro[*]Oregano[*]Tarragon[*]Boston lettuce (aka bibb, butterhead)[*]Leaf lettuce (green leaf, red leaf)[*]Romaine lettuce[*]Chicory lettuces: escarole, endive, frisee, radicchio[/LIST]Treats[LIST][*]Alfalfa[*]Apple (no seeds)[*]Apricot (fruit only: no pit, stems, leaves, or other plant parts)[*]Asparagus[*]Banana (no skin)[*]Bell peppers[*]Berries[*]Broccoli[*]Brussel sprouts[*]Cabbage[*]Carrot[*]Celeriac[*]Cherries (fruit only: no pit, stems, leaves, or other plant parts)[*]Celery (cut into chunks)[*]Clover[*]Cucumber[*]Currants[*]Edible pea pods (like snow peas)[*]Fennel[*]Grapes[*]Jerusalem artichoke[*]Kiwi[*]Mango (fruit only: no pit, stems, or other plant parts)[*]Melons[*]Nectarine (fruit only: no pit, stems, or other plant parts)[*]Okra[*]Orange[*]Papaya (fruit only: no pit, stems, or other plant parts)[*]Pea leaves[*]Peach (fruit only: no pit, stems, or other plant parts)[*]Pear (no seeds)[*]Persimmon[*]Pineapple (no skin)[*]Plum (fruit only: no pit, stems, or other plant parts)[*]Prickly pear (no skin)[*]Pumpkin[*]Rutabaga (swede)[*]Tomato (fruit only: no pit, stems, leaves, or other plant parts)[/LIST]

Last edited by torontorabbits : 27-08-2012 at 19:04. Reason: Formatting changes; also I added the note about lettuce
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Old 27-08-2012, 19:04
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Am sure the rabbit didn't starve over the last 7 years
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Old 27-08-2012, 19:06
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ENDIVE???? SWISS CHARD??? My God, you're going to end with a rabbit that talks like Brian Sewell! (if it were to talk)
Our rabbit goes mad at the merest smell of Waitrose organic basil...
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Old 27-08-2012, 19:10
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Am sure the rabbit didn't starve over the last 7 years
I didn't post for the original rabbit, but for all the people who might read this thread today and in the future. I found it by Googling something about what veggies rabbits eat, so anyone could find it the same way, and use the info here for their own bunnies.
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