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
Beet greens (tops)
Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems)
Carrot & carrot tops
Dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides)
Dwarf choy sum
Pea pods (the flat edible kind: snow pea or sugar snap pea)
Romaine lettuce (no iceberg or light colored leaf)
(!)=Use sparingly. High in either oxalates or goitrogens and may be toxic in accumulated quantities over a period of time
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
* mushrooms & fungi
Apple (remove stem and seeds)
Orange (without the peel)
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.