Tom Connolly wrote:This thread has done a bit of meandering - hope I didn't miss anything that I am commenting on now. I am reading up on raising rabbits now and have been interested in the idea of growing wheat grass for bunnies. I have read some posts that say that rabbits love it but I think they were fed the wheat grass from weaning time. There are many systems available to grow your own wheat grass - takes about 2 weeks. Some are large enough to use to feed cattle. It is always a good idea to use what is growing locally, but in winter, if you live in an area that is cooler, there may be less of a choice.
Melissa Swartz wrote:We are new to Rabbits. Breed our first pair a week ago. We have started some of our own feed more to be planted when time to plant. Our original 4 eat grass and Hay from the yard and greens we grow inside. Our new 4 that are only 4-5 months old are just starting on a few greens.
We start them slow on a leaf or 2 a day make sure they don't get diarrhea, give there digestive tract time to build up proper bacteria and enzymes to digest greens.
Currently we are growing oats, buckwheat, purple top turnips, collard greens and lettuce. Any and all advice welcome.
Su Ba wrote:I recently posted this on my blog because I get numerous questions about feeding meat rabbits without purchasing rabbit pellets......
I keep getting requests for a list of fresh foods that are safe to feed to rabbits. I'm not here to tell you what to feed your rabbit. I can only say what I feed to mine. My rabbits get an assortment of all sorts of foods. It's whatever I have handy that is ready to go. Yes, you've noticed that I give them stuff that other websites say not to. Well, so far I haven't had a problem. No sick rabbits. But perhaps it's because they always get hay or grasses daily, either alfalfa hay cubes or young grass from the farm. And perhaps it's because they always get a variety of things to pick from, though most are little piggies and eat it all. Oh one more thing. They don't get rabbit pellets. No need.
So here's a master list, to date, and alphabetized to boot.
Alfalfa- fresh and dried
Apples (I only have access to fruits at the moment)
Bamboo- young leaves
Bananas- fruits including the peel, leaves, cut up trunk
Bean- leaves; young pods are sometimes eaten
Beets- leaves and bulb
Broccoli, including the leaves, and stalks if split
Carrots- roots and tops
Cauliflower, including the leaves
Celeriac- leaves, stalks, and bulb
Celery, leaves and stalks
Chinese greens, all of them that I've tried I far
Cooked c.o.b. (corn, oats, barley)
Corn- leaves, tender parts of stalk, ears including the cob, tassels
Cucumbers- fruits and leaves
Daikon- roots and leaves
False staghorn fern- young leaves and stems, young frond heads
Grasses- most, especially when young
Jerusalem artichoke- entire plant except woody stalks
Kohlrabi- leaves and bulb
Lemon- the rind. A few will eat some pulp.
Lilokoi- they prefer the fruits cooked, rind and all.
Loquat- leaves and the bark off of young branches
Mamaki- leaves and young twigs
Melons- fruit, rinds, and seeds
Noni- only the fully ripe soft fruit
Oats- grain and fresh greens
Oranges- fruit. They reject the rind.
Papaya- fruits, leaves, and tender stems
Peas- vines and pods
Peppers, sweet- fruits with seeds
Pineapple - fruits with rind, leaves
Pipinola- fruits and leaves
Plantain (the weed)
Pumpkin- seeds and pulp, flowers, growing tips of vines
Radishes, roots and leaves
Rose- flowers, hips, leaves, young twigs
Rutabaga- leaves and roots
Squash, summer- fruits, flowers, growing tips of vines
Squash, winter- seeds and pulp, flowers, growing tips of vines
Strawberries- fruits and leaves
Sugar cane, leaves and stalks
Sunflower- leaves, young stalks, flowers, seed heads
Sweet potato- tubers, leaves, and vines
Tangelos- fruit. They reject the rind.
Tangerines- fruit. They reject the rind.
Taro, cooked corm. Some will eat it, some won't.
Thimbleberry- fruits, leaves and tender twigs
Tomatoes- fruits ripe or unripe
Turnips- leaves and roots
Watermelon- fruit including the rind & seeds, tender stem tips and leaves
Wheat- grain and fresh greens
Yacon - entire plant except the woody stalks
Mango leaves (I know that other people feed their rabbits mango leaves, but mine don't eat them)
Pumpkin flesh, fresh
Hawaian Ti leaves
I haven't offered them items that I think might be toxic or just don't seem to be bunny food.
Things I will be trying soon:
Mulberry fruits and leaves
I don't have a number of bunny-friendly food growing here that I had back on the mainland. And I haven't yet tried introducing them to my farm. Things like dandelion, clovers, bramble berries, stone fruits, pears, grapes, nettles. There are a number of other plants that I've read that they like, but I don't happen to be growing them yet, such as buckwheat.