Rabbitheads are always in search of the optimal diet for their pets. Of course, the most worried novice owners are the question of what not to feed the rabbits. What products can be given at home, and what not?
What should not be in the diet?
Beginning breeders or those who contain ornamental pets often think that eared can be given any homemade food. But this is not so, because, like many domestic rodents, eared are absolute vegetarians. But even among plant foods, there are those that can be dangerous to their lives. In summer, their choice is large, so you should always remember this when collecting herbs. Let’s find out in more detail what products are undesirable for rabbits.
There is an opinion that in dairy products there is a protein that pets need. This is only partly true. Protein is really needed, but not milk (animal), but vegetable. That is why they are fed barley and sometimes legumes are added to their diet (only dry yellow peas). Fresh whey, sour cream, milk, cottage cheese – these are all taboo products for rabbits, even in the smallest doses.
Everyone knows that rodents love vegetables. Some inexperienced breeders think they can be consumed in any quantity. This is a misconception, because vegetables are juicy food. The excess of such food contributes to bloating, disrupting the intestinal microflora. It is categorically not recommended for rabbits: red cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, radishes, red beets, eggplants, greened or young potatoes.
Fruit is even simpler. Of the affordable and cheap permitted fruit, we can safely give the animals fresh or dried apples. In winter, you can gradually add dried pears to the grain and hay, but only for your own drying, seedless. Purchased dried fruits are processed with sulfur for better storage. Use of such food will not be rabbits.
Exotic fruits and fruits, such as avocados, mangoes, figs, oranges and other "exotic" are completely excluded from the diet. Remember that better than any fruit fit dried grass and fresh hay.
Cereals and legumes
Speaking of cereals. Which of them can be given eared, and which will be useless or even harm? Exclude polished and unpolished rice, millet, millet, rye in any form. This food will only increase the amount of mucus in the stomach, as it is either too hard or contains little fiber (like rice, for example).
Black and red beans, young peas – the food to the rabbits is also impossible, there will be a strong bloating. In the summer, for the purpose of adding fiber, you can add ordinary bran to your feed, but only if your pets eat little hay. In no case do not feed them pea puree, ready-made cereal with milk or sugar!
Poisonous plants and herbs
In the summer, the ration of rabbits consists mainly of dried grass, which can be given to pets at least every day. However, when collecting herbal raw materials, it is necessary to ensure that there is no poisonous weed in the total mass. For humans, the plant can be harmless, but eared rodents may die.
The most poisonous plants: celandine, hemlock, wild radish, nightshade, Datura and marsh horsetail.
In the summer, other wild herbs and plants should not be included in the diet of pets: poppies, lumbago, flowers and leaves of buttercup, sleep-grass. If you collect herbs in the forest in the summer, during the period of basic growth and flowering, carefully sort them out before giving them to the rabbits. Even one poisonous stem can harm. Especially if kids eat it.
Sweets and pastries
Do not feed your fluffy friends such products as yeast bread, cakes, sweet rusks neither in summer nor in winter. Decorative fluffy, which are contained in the house, you can give special dry delicacies, but in small quantities. Any “human” goodies are absolutely contraindicated for pets that are raised for meat. It is better to give the remains from the holiday table to pigs, dogs or to throw them away, but not to give them to rabbits.
Refined sugar, dyes, a large amount of fat and yeast – all this is part of the modern sweets. Do not feed animals cookies, crackers, crackers with different flavors or ice cream, as in the photo. Excess salt, sugar and fat is just as bad for them as it is for humans. By the way, fluffy cuties can also suffer from obesity.
Video "Lettuce for rabbits"
A funny movie in which both the rabbit mother and her young cubs eat up lettuce with appetite.
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