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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#136  Unread postby Misty » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:42 am


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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#137  Unread postby RabbitWalker » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:57 am


RE: The Common Fig Tree (ficus carica)
I found your thread about different plants safe to eat while looking to see if I could feed my fig branches and leaves to my rabbits. I finally found the answer that I felt was from a reliable source.
According to the University of Florida, IFAS Extension: The common fig tree (ficus carica)is a favorite food of rabbits. I will be feeding a little to my rabbits to see if they enjoy. Thank you for starting this discussion, I have found it very informative. :lilbunny:

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Post Number:#138  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:43 am


That's good to know, RabbitWalker. Please give us an update on how your rabbits take to eating common fig leaves. I'm fairly good at getting information about plants in Zones 3-6, but the vegetation further south is so different.
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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#139  Unread postby ramblingrabbit » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:46 pm


Speaking of vegetation farther south... :)

Here's a list put together a recently of forage plants I feed my rabs, for my own records and to share locally with people interested in rabbits. I wanted to put this out there, since it could be useful to anyone else from the tropics or subtropics trying to puzzle out what to feed.

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Some Local Cut-And-Carry Forage Plants for Rabbits
(Note: the primary part of the plant consumed may be assumed to be the green leaves and tender stems of the plant, unless otherwise specified in the entry)



Legume-family plants (cultivated and wild, including trees)
-Ha’ole Koa (Leucaena leucocephala, nutritious and abundant weed tree, but limit amounts because of toxicity) Pal. good
-Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegata, fed to livestock in S. Asia), Pal good
-Hitchhiker Plant (I believe this to be Alysicarpus vaginalis aka Alyce Clover) Pal ok
-Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata, all cultivars, harvest at flower stage for highest protein) Pal very good
-Pidgeon Pea (Cajanus cajan, referenced as a good tropical substitute for alfalfa) Pal good
-Partridge Pea (Chamaechrista nictitans) Pal good

Other wild, weed, or landscaping plants
-Guinea Grass (tender younger leaves, not the fully mature ones) Pal. Good
-Buffalo Grass, pal. ok
-Hibiscus (H. rosa-senensis, growing tips and leaves) Pal. low
-Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) Pal good
-Honohono Grass (Commelina diffusa) Pal ok
-Ti Plant (Cordyline spp.) Pal very good

Other cultivated plants, including agricultural and horticultural
-Kale (introduce carefully to rabbits unaccustomed to green food) Pal. Very good
-Cilantro, Pal very good
-Basil (common culinary and also lemon basil varieties) Pal very good
-Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil) Pal very good
-Lettuce (limited amounts, contains virtually no fiber) Pal very good
-Lemongrass, Pal ok
-Nasturtium (leaves and flowers), Pal good
-Sugarcane (leaves, also chopped stem portion can be used as an energy supplement) pal good
-Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas, leaves and vines, also roots can be used as an energy supplement) pal good
-Buckwheat, pal very good
-Arugula (rabbit forage is a good use for older plants past their harvesting prime) pal good
-Carrot (greens, also root can be used as an energy supplement) Pal good
-Beet (root only, can be used in moderation as an energy supplement) Pal ok
-Mulberry (Morus spp., scientifically verified as very nutritious) Pal good

Notes about this list:

This list is by no means exhaustive; I may well have forgotten to include a couple of things, and also there are many more plants grown and growing locally that are suitable for rabbits. I have included in this list only those forages that I have personally fed successfully at least once, and in most cases many times on a regular basis--nothing here is recommended on hearsay or secondary reference. There are also other forages with promising potential, such as Moringa oleifera and Wing Bean, which are reportedly used elsewhere and will grow well here, and which I hope to incorporate into feedings in the future, but which I have not included here since I have no personal experience with them yet. I have also seen comfrey recommended as rabbit food in many sources, but while it grows very lushly and abundantly here, my rabbits will not eat it, fresh or wilted.

At the end of each entry is my own rough observation of the palatability of each forage (represented by the abbreviation “Pal.”). I thought this might be useful or interesting to impart, but please keep in mind that this is a very subjective evaluation based solely on my own casual observation of which greens my rabbits, in general, consume most eagerly. And while I tried to be consistent, it wasn’t always easy. Preferences may vary from rabbit to rabbit. In general, the young weaned bunnies are much less picky about their forages, and will often eagerly consume things that their parents usually find uninteresting, such as hibiscus and orchid tree leaves. Part of it surely has to do with what the rabbits become accustomed to, so others may find their own rabbits to have completely different preferences. Furthermore, high palatability should not necessarily be assumed to be indicative of superior nutritional value in a forage.

I have listed plants by their most common local names, but have included Latin names where I was able or where I thought it helpful for clarity.

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Re: Questions and comments about plant safety for rabbits.

Post Number:#140  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:44 pm


Good work, Ramblingrabbit! Including the Latin names is always a help. Thanks for posting... It will take me a bit of time to sort through it all, but it's great to have your input!
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Post Number:#141  Unread postby ramblingrabbit » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:32 pm


MaggieJ wrote:Good work, Ramblingrabbit! Including the Latin names is always a help. Thanks for posting... It will take me a bit of time to sort through it all, but it's great to have your input!


Gee, thanks! :)

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Post Number:#142  Unread postby Cspr » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:45 pm


Have a few questions! I have a few unidentified plants, may I post their pictures here? If so, do I use IMG?

Otherwise, I'm wondering if anyone knows if Silktree mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) foliageis okay for rabbits to eat? If so, leaves, seed pods, bark, twigs/branches? It's added to my list of crazy Southeastern USA foliage along with kudzu, so I'm quite curious. I know goats can eat them. I know to avoid the roots because they are counted as a hallucinogenic drug (botany is pretty metal). Thoughts?
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Post Number:#143  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:47 am


CSPR, it would probably be best to start a new thread for your plant identifications. You can also get information on plant toxicity by googling the Latin name plus the word toxicity or toxic to rabbits.
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Post Number:#144  Unread postby Cspr » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:16 pm


Right, okay. :oops: I'll do that then. And, yeah. I've tried, but not much luck. Really, as far as I can tell, the tree in mention is fine for goats and people, so probably rabbits? IDEK. I'll see if any other Southerners know.
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Post Number:#145  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:40 pm


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Post Number:#146  Unread postby Wandalea » Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:43 pm


Hi Ramblingrabbit...I'm in Kauai & wonder if you know if what we call Lawai fern is safe & nutritious. I've scoured the internet & can't find info on it. I think, not sure, that the official name is Alsophila cooperii Aglaomorpha. These names get mixed up with tree ferns, but the one I mean is a ground cover with leaves that form on thick surface runners. Very common in landscaping. Large, flat, lobed leaves about 2 to 3 feet long, which have dots of spores on the underneath side. Thanks for sharing your research.

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Post Number:#147  Unread postby stone soup farm » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:47 pm


Anyone know if kiwi vines and leaves are safe for rabbits to eat? The kind I have are Actinidia deliciosa, also known as fuzzy kiwi or Chinese gooseberry.
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Post Number:#148  Unread postby ramblingrabbit » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:37 pm


Wandalea wrote:Hi Ramblingrabbit...I'm in Kauai & wonder if you know if what we call Lawai fern is safe & nutritious. I've scoured the internet & can't find info on it. I think, not sure, that the official name is Alsophila cooperii Aglaomorpha. These names get mixed up with tree ferns, but the one I mean is a ground cover with leaves that form on thick surface runners. Very common in landscaping. Large, flat, lobed leaves about 2 to 3 feet long, which have dots of spores on the underneath side. Thanks for sharing your research.


Oh, hey! I'm on Kauai too! :o I know the one you mean. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find much about any ferns at all one way or the other. Googling I've done suggests that some ferns may be toxic, others safe, some more or less nutritious, but without being able to find any specifics--in other words, it was not helpful (also, annoyingly, googling "rabbit" and "fern" together brings up a bunch of irrelevant references to "rabbit's foot fern"). :x And so I haven't used them at all, because I never like to feed anything unless I have reliable confirmation of it's safety, just because I'm really cautious that way, and when there is so much foliage to choose from around here, why take such chances, I figure?

The closest I get is that I have anecdotal evidence of someone in the state feeding common sword fern to chickens, but mine would never touch it... :? I doubt that helps much.
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Post Number:#149  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:41 pm


Wandalea and Rambling Rabbit, if you google the Latin name plus toxicity rabbits etc. you may find what you want.

Is this the plant?
http://www.starrenvironmental.com/image ... s&o=plants
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Post Number:#150  Unread postby ramblingrabbit » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:50 pm


MaggieJ wrote:Wandalea and Rambling Rabbit, if you google the Latin name plus toxicity rabbits etc. you may find what you want.

Is this the plant?
http://www.starrenvironmental.com/image ... s&o=plants


Thanks! That definitely looks like the one I know. But my initial searches yielded nothing relevant--though I'm used to that by now... :roll:

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