Today I will present five great plants that you can feed to your rabbits. Some parts are poisonous so only use the parts recommended. Most of the best parts of the plants for rabbits are parts humans don’t normally consume. Feed in moderation and use common sense.
1. Blackberry & Raspberry – These all belong to the Rose family and have delicious edible fruit. Raspberries are very weather tolerant and found in the arctic cold to the semi-tropic rainforests. Raspberries & Blueberries come in numerous varieties, both with and without spines, and various colors with different flavors. Choose a variety that works well in your climate and with a berry you like to eat.
The best parts of these berry-producing machines for your rabbits are the parts you find above the soil. This works out good for everyone, you get the berries and your rabbits get the leaves and canes that need pruning. The berries may be fed as a treat but their high sugar levels can be bad for your rabbits.
2. Squash – Squash, in one form or another, has been around for a long time. Historical evidence shows that it was being actively cultivated 8-10,000 years ago. Squash that is harvested early in the season is called summer squash. The squash allowed to mature more fully and harvested in the fall or winter are commonly called winter squash. Some common squash include zucchini, yellow crookneck, butternut and acorn. Different varieties of squash thrive in different parts of the country. Most squash are vining and require a large amount of garden space to cultivate.
Many parts of the squash are edible by human and rabbit. The young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw by the both the rabbits and people. Both also will also enjoy the seeds and the squash itself.
3. Radish – Radishes are a quick growing edible root vegetable that prefer full sun and loose soil. Different varieties of radish thrive in different seasons. Radishes usually take 3-4 weeks to mature. If you or your rabbits particularly enjoy radishes you can stagger the plant dates, planting a new crop every week or two. As the year progresses you can change the variety you plant to one more tolerant of the new season.
The rabbit will enjoy the entire radish. The radish is simple to grow and can be a great treat for your rabbits (almost) year round. Try different varieties and see which they like best, it may be different for each rabbit.
4. Sweet Potato – This root vegetable is a staple crop in many countries and is much more nutritious than the common potato. Sweet potatoes prefer warm temperatures and thrive in the tropical and temperate regions of the world. They like sunny days and warm nights and are very sensitive to frosts. They have few pests and are planted through cuttings. They also require quite a bit of water. The tuber and the vine are edible by rabbits.
5. Sunflower – The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas. It is believed to originate 4,500 years ago in Mexico. Sunflowers grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. Rabbits can eat the plant from the ground up. Feed in moderation and see which parts your rabbits like best.
The five plants discussed above are just a few that rabbits like to eat. Rabbits are a great addition to any garden. They will eat many of the plant parts that are inedible for humans and the by-product is great fertilizer and a fantastic supply of meat protein.
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