When it comes to the right nutrition for rabbits, the wild relatives of the tame mummelnasen are the best role model. Their feed consists of green grass, various wild herbs, branches and other plants, which you can find on meadows and in the bushes. The hoplers do not need so much grain because it usually contains too much starch. Animal products that contain milk or eggs, such as yogurt drops, are not suitable for rabbits!
Versatile selection is important for rabbit nutrition
Wild rabbits keep eating smaller amounts of green fodder throughout the day. To ensure that their nutritional needs are adequately covered, they create a very varied menu and look for what is good for them. Tame rabbits also prefer this form of nutrition, which they can use to their heart's content from a large selection of fresh food. This method of feeding is called "ad libitum" - that is Latin and means "at will" - and should be composed of five feed groups:
- ● Meadow green (grasses, wild herbs such as dandelions etc. Warning! Wild garlic is poisonous!)
- ● Green fodder (green from carrots, kohlrabi, radishes and Co. as well as culinary herbs)
- ● hay (dried meadow green)
- ● Vegetables, especially leafy greens (lettuce, etc., broccoli, carrots)
- ● branches including leaves of bushes and trees
From time to time, about once a week, you can also offer your dwarf rabbit some peeled cucumber or washed peppers. Fruit of this size is mostly accepted, especially apples, occasionally also berries. Fruit contains a relatively high amount of sugar, so it is not recommended for daily feeding. In addition, the rabbit-like need enough fresh water. Small water bowls are ideal, as the fur noses are used to drinking from streams and other bodies of water or puddles. Change the water several times a day so that it is always fresh.
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Fresh green rabbit food
It would be ideal if you had your rabbit running in your garden in spring, summer and early autumn so that they could eat fresh greenery right at the source. Alternatively, it is best to pick a colorful selection of grasses, wild herbs, twigs and leaves outdoors and offer them to your noses. Furthermore, the animals need fresh, clean and high-quality hay at their disposal around the clock, both in a rack and on the floor of the barn.
In the supermarket there are sometimes boxes with the leaves and green of cabbage bulbs, carrots and other vegetables. If they have not withered too much, you can ask whether you can take this with you for your little animals. Tip: As a precaution, rinse the green before feeding and then place it in a vase with water - then it will be more succulent later. You can also supplement the menu with culinary herbs such as basil, parsley, lemon balm or mint.
Rabbit feeding in winter
In winter, the range of meadow green is naturally very reduced. Then it is particularly important to feed fresh, good quality hay. There are also so-called dry herbs, which are also a good substitute for the meadow green in the cold season. In addition, sunflower seeds without peel and other seeds and seeds can be served in moderation. They are very high in calories due to their fat content, so don't overdo it. Since the dwarf rabbits absorb less water through their food, you may have to replace the water in the bowl more frequently. Leafy vegetables and culinary herbs, as well as fruit and other vegetables, can still be bought in winter, but should not replace the dried meadow green.
Attention! Dried herbs are not the same as dry food, which you can buy as a ready-mix in stores. Many experts advise against using the ready-to-use dry food because the nutrient composition is unfavorable for the rabbit relatives.