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1. Hay

The most important part of your bunny’s diet is fibre. Good fibre means good healthy digestion.

 

Supply lots of fresh hay (whether it’s grass or oaten) on a daily basis. If you want to go straight to the best choice, buy oaten hay. Grass hay is another goodchoice but watch out for the seeds which can get stuck in your bunny’s fur & skin. The easiest way you can supply your bunny with hay is by using it in their litter tray (chew & poo station!).

2. Fresh Water

Surprisingly, rabbits drink lots of water!! You can use those water bottles Fill with fresh clean water daily  (It is a myth that rabbits get enough moisture from their vegetables).

3.  Fresh Vegies

Rabbits need fresh, good quality vegies that you would choose to eat yourself.  We choose to give our buns their vegie dinner in the late afternoon.  Each bun gets a mix of the vegies below and around 2 cups per bun.

Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts

Baby bok choy

Basil

Beet greens (tops)

Bok choy

Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems)

Brussels sprouts

Carrot & carrot tops

Celery

Chinese celery

Cilantro

Clover

Collard greens

Dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides)

Dwarf choy sum

Endive

Escarole

Gai long

Green peppers

Kale (!)

Mint

Mustard greens

Parsley

Pea pods (the flat edible kind: snow pea or sugar snap pea)

Peppermint leaves

Raddichio

Radish tops

Raspberry leaves

Romaine lettuce (no iceberg or light colored leaf)

Spinach (!)

Watercress

Wheat grass

Yu choy

(!)=Use sparingly. High in either oxalates or goitrogens and may be toxic in accumulated quantities over a period of time

Pellets

Pellets should be fresh, and should be relatively high in fiber (18% minimum fiber). Do not purchase more than 6 weeks worth of feed at a time, as it will become spoiled. Pellets should make up less of a rabbit’s diet as he or she grows older, and hay should be available 24 hours a day. What NOT to feed your rabbit

Rabbit mix is a food that should be avoided at all times!  Why?  Because it’s full of all kinds of nasties that your bunny should not be eating:

* dried corn (can carry a deadly bacteria)

* seeds (full of fat, causes obesity and sometimes stomach impactions)

* low quality pellets (causes obesity and dental problems)

* lucerne chaff (causes over production of cecals in rabbits)

* mollasses (causes obesity and dental problems)

Vegies can also be a problem with your bunnies.  The vegies you should avoid are:

* iceberg lettuce

* cabbage leaves

* cauliflower or leaves

* brussell sprouts

* potatoes, peelings and leaves of plant

* beans

* mushrooms & fungi

* onions

4.Fruits

Apple (remove stem and seeds)

Blueberries

Melon

Orange (without the peel)

Papaya

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

Plums

Raspberries

Strawberries

Sugary fruits such as bananas and grapes should be used only sparingly, as occasional treats. Bunnies have a sweet tooth and if left to their own devices will devour sugary foods to the exclusion of healthful ones.

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