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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#226  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:24 pm


A new member posted a list of safe trees in another thread. Looks like beech and birch are fine.
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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#227  Unread postby BunnyAuntie » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:28 am


Thanks everyone, it's so hard to know what's safe and what isn't when one list says one thing and another list says the opposite!

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Post Number:#228  Unread postby dollcan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:23 pm


I have a lot of wild morning glory in my grass. Is it harmful to bunnies? thanks.

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#229  Unread postby Preitler » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:35 am


dollcan wrote:I have a lot of wild morning glory in my grass. Is it harmful to bunnies? thanks.


Most likely not, it depends where you live and what spieces it is. Morning Glory is a name for a lot of stuff.
Here there's only Calystegia and Convolvulus arvensis and the like, all considered good rabbit food. I've read that seeds of some spiecies are said to be somewhat "toxic", but that doesn't exactly say if it can be harmful.
"Most likely" because there isn't much that can kick a rabbit out of it's boots anyway, when they have a diverse diet and free choice they don't eat harmful amounts of bad stuff.

Anyway, this is a great article about plant safety and rabbits, worth a read:
https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/articl ... with-lists
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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#230  Unread postby alforddm » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:47 pm


That was a very good article thank you for sharing it.

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#231  Unread postby dollcan » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:14 pm


Thanks for your response and for the link. :)



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dollcan wrote:I have a lot of wild morning glory in my grass. Is it harmful to bunnies? thanks.


Most likely not, it depends where you live and what spieces it is. Morning Glory is a name for a lot of stuff.
Here there's only Calystegia and Convolvulus arvensis and the like, all considered good rabbit food. I've read that seeds of some spiecies are said to be somewhat "toxic", but that doesn't exactly say if it can be harmful.
"Most likely" because there isn't much that can kick a rabbit out of it's boots anyway, when they have a diverse diet and free choice they don't eat harmful amounts of bad stuff.

Anyway, this is a great article about plant safety and rabbits, worth a read:
https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/articl ... with-lists

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#232  Unread postby MaggieJ » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:44 pm


A truly excellent article, Preitler. :goodjob:

I haven't had time to do more than skim it so far, but I liked the balanced approach. I totally agree with the advice to identify a number of easy-to-gather safe plant species rather than trying to work through the long and inexact lists. When I started I only knew half a dozen from MC having a pet rabbit when he was a kid. I added to that slowly but steadily, working from the plants I had available to the resources (books, Internet etc.). So much easier and safer than the other way around.
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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#233  Unread postby Shea » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:29 am


Does anyone know if yellow jewelweed (Impatiens pallidas) is toxic to rabbits? A few sites listed all imaptiens toxic but I found others with the native jewelweed as medicinal and eaten by cottontails?

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Post Number:#234  Unread postby Thorn » Thu May 03, 2018 5:40 pm


Anyone know if rabbits can have Autumn Olive\Elaeagnus umbellata?

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#235  Unread postby alforddm » Thu May 03, 2018 7:21 pm


Doing a bit of research, it looks like it might be a great forage food for rabbits. Goats and sheep eat it readily and
When averaged across the growing season, crude protein (%) was 26.5 (autumn olive). The Ca:P ratio in autumn olive was close to 2:1.
https://www.wormx.info/browseplants

This paper puts the crude protein at 22.3% and total digestible nutrition 72.9%, very good values.
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs ... -3_pdf.pdf

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#236  Unread postby Thorn » Fri May 04, 2018 7:17 am


Its growing everywhere here and since the goats eat it readily I figured the rabbits would enjoy some to. They also have edible berries, and sweet smelling flowers in spring.

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#237  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri May 04, 2018 5:40 pm


Shea wrote:Does anyone know if yellow jewelweed (Impatiens pallidas) is toxic to rabbits? A few sites listed all imaptiens toxic but I found others with the native jewelweed as medicinal and eaten by cottontails?


Shea, I apologize for the delay in answering this . . . It required a chunk of spare time, which has been in short supply lately.

I googled Impatiens pallida edible for rabbits
and there were lots of hits. I scanned this pdf and it seemed to be comphrehensive.

http://www.inpaws.org/images/resources/ ... elweed.pdf

Oops! :oops: The link I posted won't work. I think you will have to duplicate my search terms if you want to read it.

I have tried to feed the spotted jewelweed to rabbits, but they weren't interested. If you decide to give it a try, be sure to start slow and to give plenty of other greens so they are not eating it out of necessity.

Just an additional note, please do not assume that because cottontails self-medicate with a plant that it is safe as a food for rabbits in general. I once saw a young cottontail munch down 3/4 of a large milkweed leaf. I assumed that he sought it out because it contained something he needed, because milkweed is considered toxic. Humans use all kinds of toxic plants medicinally, but we wouldn't put them on the dinner table.
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