Rabbits enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and ideally they should be fed as part of a balanced diet.
The mainstay of a rabbit’s diet should be large unlimited amounts of fresh hay (preferable Timothy or Meadow Hay) with ad lib clean water available. Large amounts of grass, if available, provide good balanced nutrients for your rabbit.
Rabbits, like humans are individuals and as such some may be unable to tolerate certain foods.
When introducing any new food, always do so slowly to avoid digestive upsets. We also recommend you introduce one new food at a time, so if it does upset the rabbit it can be removed from the diet. Only give a small amount and wait for 24 hours, if it isn’t well tolerated (i.e. soft stools are produced) withdraw it and try with something else after everything has settled back to normal. Allow 5-7 days before making any other additions.
The exact quantities given often depend upon the rabbit, so you may need to test your buns individual limits, as a rule an average 2.5kg rabbit should get 1.5-2.5 cups of fresh vegetables per day.
The following list is divided into sub-sections of vegetables, herbs, fruits and wild garden herbs/flowers that are deemed safe to feed rabbits, but this list is not a conclusive list and other fresh foods may also be suitable to feed to rabbits:
Herbs (often powerful tastes so may take some getting used to):
Fruits (should be fed in moderation, due to sugar content – up to 2 tablespoons worth per day):
Wild Garden Herbs/Weeds/Flowers:
Compiled by Claire King and Judith Brown 2006.
For further information about feeding, please visit:
The RWF guide to feeding your pet rabbit
Feeding young rabbits
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