What do rabbits eat? when? how often?
Are all questions people should be asking and finding out before they get a rabbit.
Rabbits are natural grazers. The main part of their diet should be grass or hay/straw.
Without this their digestive system may not function properly. Be aware when letting them out in your garden. They will naturally want to nibble on plants as well but some plants are toxic to your rabbit.
A small amount of pellets or cereal mix can be given.
But always follow the manufacturers guidance on how much to feed them. Do not continue to fill up the bowl when it is empty throughout the day as this will stop your rabbit from eating the hay, straw or grass that they need the most of.
Do not feed your rabbit lawnmower clippings as this can upset their digestive system. Do not make any sudden changes to their diet as this cold also upset their digestive system.
Vegetables that you can feed your rabbit include:
Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts
Beet greens (tops)*
Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems)*
Carrot & carrot tops*
Dandelion greens and flowers (available in produce aisle)*
Pea pods (the flat edible kind)*
Red or Green Leaf lettuce
Romaine lettuce (no iceberg lettuce)*
They can be given a variety and the ones marked with a * contain vitamin A which is also needed in their diet. General guidelines are to feed a minimum of 1 cup of fresh greens for each 4 lbs. of body weight, per day.
Provide fresh clean drinking water at all times. Check the water supply twice a day. Make sure water does not freeze if your rabbits live outdoors in winter.