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SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#1  Unread postby HansenHomestead » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:06 pm


Found this list online, and thought it would be good to post it!



RABBIT SAFE FRUIT

**Feed very, very sparingly… Super sugary! Up to 2 tbsp daily**

Apple (NO core or anything containing seeds, unless all seeds removed)
Apricots (NO PITS)
Banana (fruit and peel)
Blackberry (stem, leaf and fruit)
Blueberries
Carambola
Cherry (NO PITS)
Cranberry
Currant (black and red)
Cucumber
Grapes (fruit, leaf and vine are edible)
Huckleberry
Kiwi Fruit
Mango
Nectarine
Orange (NO PEEL- segments only)
Melon (all melons)
Papaya (NO SEEDS)
Peach (NO PITS)
Pear
Pineapple
Plum (NO PITS)
Raspberries (twigs, and leaves – astringent)
Rose hip
Starfruit
Strawberries (and leaves)
Tomato (red fruit ONLY; no stems or leaves)
Tangerine (NO PEEL – segments only)
Watermelon

RABBIT SAFE VEGETABLES:

Alfalfa Sprouts
Artichoke Leaves
Arugula
Asparagus
Baby Sweet Corns (like in stirfry)***
Beet Greens
Beetroot
Bell Peppers (green, yellow, red, orange…)
Bok Choy/Pak Choy
Carrot Greens (tops)
Carrot (limited amount, due to high sugar content)
Celeriac
Celery (cut into small pieces to limit choking on strings)
Cucumber
Chard
Chicory Greens (aka Italian Dandelion… see discussion here )
Clover (WHITE only)
Collard Greens (be cautious, may cause bladder sludge (high calcium)
Dandelion Greens (no pesticides)
Eggplant (purple fruit only; leaves toxic)
Endive
Escarole
Grass (if cut from your own chemical/fertilizer/poison free back yard-I spread it out and dry it)
Kale
Lettuce (Dark Green/Red Leaf, Butter, Boston, Bibb, or Romaine – NO ICEBERG [no
nutritional value, may cause diarrhea])
Mustard Spinach
Nappa/Chinese Cabbage
Okra Leaves
Pak Choy/Bok Choy
Pumpkin
Radicchio
Radish tops (Limited amounts: can cause gas)
Raspberry Leaves
Rhubarb (RED STALKS ONLY – POISONOUS LEAF)
Squash: Yellow, Butternut, Pumpkin, Zucchini
Swiss Chard
Turnip Greens
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Zucchini

SAFE IN MODERATION:

Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Kale
Mustard Greens
Spinach

SAFE FOODS:
Agrimony
Alfalfa
Apple
Avens
Balm
Banana
Barley
Basil
Beetroot
Blackberry
Borage
Broccoli
Buckwheat
Burnet
Camomile
Caraway
Carrot
Celery
Celeriac
Chervil
Chicory
Chickweed
Chinese leaf
Cleavers
Clover, WHITE
Coltsfoot
Comfrey-I feed fresh young leaves and also dry for winter tonic, but most breeders say they feed it slighty wilted
Coriander
Corn marigold
Corn spurrey
Cow parsnip
Crosswort
Cucumber
Dandelion
Dead-Nettles
Dill
Dock

BEFORE FLOWERING

Endive
Fat hen
Fennel
Goosefoot
Goosegrass
Goutweed BEFORE FLOWERING
Ground elder BEFORE FLOWERING
Hawkbit
Hawkweed
Heather
Hedge parsley
Horseradish
Jerusalem artichoke
Knapweed
Knotgrass
Kohlrabi
Lavender
Lovage
Mallow
Marjoram
Mayweed
Maywort
Meadowsweet
Melon
Milk thistle
Mugwort
Nipplewort
Oats
Orache
Oxeye daisy
Parsley
Parsnip
Peas
Pear
Peppermint
Pigweed
Plantain
Pumpkin
Purslane
Radish GREENS
Raspberry
Sage
Savory
Sanfoin
Shepherd’s purse
Silverweed
Sow thistle
Soya
Strawberry
Swiss Chard
Tare
Tomatoes(fruit only leaves and stocks toxic!)
Trefoil
Vetch
Vine leaves
Watercress
Watermelon
Wheat
Yarrow

SAFE TREE AND SHRUB LEAVES:

**Should always feed only fresh young leaves:**

Acacia
Apple
Beech
Birch
Blackberry
Cherry
Hazel
Horse Chestnut
Lime
Mountain Ash
Mulberry
Pear
Poplar (not black)
Raspberry
Strawberry

SAFE TWIGS:

Apple
Birch
Blackberry
Fir
Hazel
Hawthorn
Maple
Pear
Raspberry
Spruce
Willow

SAFE FLOWERS

Aster
Carnation
Daisy
Geranium
Geum
Helenium
Hollyhock
Honesty
Marguerite
Marigold
Michaelmas daisy
Nasturtium
Rose
Stock
Sunflower

SAFE HERBS

Basil: Lemon, Globe, Thai, Mammoth, Sweet, Genevieve
Borage
Camomile
Caraway
Clover
Chervil
Comfrey
Coriander/Cilantro
Dill: Fernleaf, Mammoth
Fennel
Garden Cress
Groundsel
Lavender (Not for pregnant does; can cause fetal expulsion)
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Marjoram
Mint: Pineapple sage, pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, cinnamon basil, lime basil, lemon basil, sweet basil, licorice basil, “licorice mint” (anise hyssop), spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, and basil mint.
Oregano
Peppermint
Parsley: Curly and Flat-Leaf
Rosemary
Sage: Pineapple is quite good
Salad Burnet / Small Burnet
Summer Savory
Tarragon
Thyme

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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#2  Unread postby funnies50 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:04 pm


Thanks so much Becca ;) Very good to know. Not sure what on earth Agrimony and Sanfoin are, but that's what google's for XP
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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#3  Unread postby owlsfriend » Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:55 am


I liked the extra info on so many of the foods. thanks.

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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Nika » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:09 am


I once read that we can feed leaves/branches of the "seed trees" (apple), but not of the "pit trees" (cherry). Now I don`t know..

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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#5  Unread postby skysthelimit » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:56 am


At the top of this forum there is already a sticky for with a Safe list of plants for comparison.
safe-plants-for-rabbits-list-t55.html

Sometimes a plant will be listed on one list and not the other, something that has mixed reviews, you just have to try it out.
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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#6  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:18 am


Nika wrote:I once read that we can feed leaves/branches of the "seed trees" (apple), but not of the "pit trees" (cherry). Now I don`t know..


Apples (and probably pears) are pomes and are members of the rose family and are safe.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pome

Cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums etc. are drupes (single stoned fruits, including many things we think of as nuts) and are members of the prunus family and are at best questionable as rabbit forage. Cherry bark, for instance, is a strong medicinal for coughs and could be harmful used incorrectly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drupe

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skysthelimit wrote:At the top of this forum there is already a sticky for with a Safe list of plants for comparison.
safe-plants-for-rabbits-list-t55.html

Sometimes a plant will be listed on one list and not the other, something that has mixed reviews, you just have to try it out.


While far from comprehensive, my intent in making this list was to give people wanting to feed forage a quick guide to proven safe-for-rabbit plants. Since most are common weeds that grow just about everywhere, it gives a good start to gathering for rabbits. But it is, I agree, just the tip of the iceberg in the world of green feed.
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Re: SAFE FOOD LIST FOR RABBITS

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Zass » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:21 pm


Found this list online

It's a nice list. :)
You should also provide a link to the page it was sourced from, to give the original author or organization credit.

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