Grass and hay is the main type of food for domestic rabbits. To make it work for them, it needs to be properly collected and harvested. What grass can be given to rabbits and how to do it correctly, you will learn from our article.
Useful grass for rabbits must be fresh and clean, collected in the forest or on its own site. You can only give raw materials, which were collected away from roads, factories. It is advisable to grow plants for rabbits on their own land. Rabbit breeders, especially beginners, need to remember that lawn grass growing on the front lawn cannot be given to pets.
What green raw materials do krales love most? These are wild plants, garden crops, some weeds, and also field grasses. For example, the well-known nettle is very useful, but there are also subtleties in its preparation. Learn more about this in our previous article. Next, read what types of grass can feed the rabbits, and which categorically can not be given to pets.
Meadow and forest
Meadow or forage crops for herbivores are the main and cheap base of nutrition. In the summer, these crops are harvested and dried for hay, after which the whole year they feed their rabbits. The most popular and useful ones are alfalfa, red clover, vetch, sulfium, fodder lupine, nettle, young corn, rye, oats, sid. All these herbs can be given quietly, making them hay basis for feed. Cereal crops mow young, so they are more useful.
Remember that no plant should be collected near the street or the roadway, even if you live in a village.
It is possible and necessary to knead this raw material with other dry or dried plants (garden, wild). Harvest all the "greens" should be the same: collect in a clean area, rinse, dry to a dried state. What is the rate of dryness to choose, decides the owner of the animals, the main thing – do not give wet or even wet plants from the dew. Further watch video about winter feeding of rabbits.
Garden herbs and weeds
For those who have a large vegetable garden, you can add cultures growing on your site to the rabbit diet. For example, it is useful to feed celery, rhubarb, beet tops, young peas and its greens, parsley, pepper. The leaves of Victoria Sadovaya can be given boldly, this plant is very useful. In the summer in the garden you can find a lot of herbs that are suitable for rodents.
After transplanting grapes and pruning leaves, do not discard the product! Rabbits with pleasure eat grape leaves and gnaw a vine. There is a sense from the leaves of fruit trees: plum, bird cherry, elderberry, apricot. They are given in small quantities, dried, it is possible with branches.
Whatever the feed, remember the rule – it is given dry or dried, but never wet!
From weeds we select dandelion, garden nettles, wild clover, colza, sow thistle, quinoa. Such weeds as a shepherd’s purse, plantain, wheat grass will not harm either.
It is no secret that medicinal plants can be given to rabbits in the same way as ordinary garden crops. Harvesting is carried out in the summer, and before flowering, and after. Rabbits do not need to be fed fresh medicinal herbs, be sure to dry them. It is safe to feed eared wormwood, Chernobyl, young nettle, sage, juniper, mint, lemon balm, cumin. In small quantities introduced into the diet, this green improves the taste of rabbit meat.
The advice of experienced professionals who breed bunnies over the first year will help you learn better what can be eared and what is absolutely impossible.
- The basic rule – do not feed eared raw grass! Wet greens collected after the rain in the summer, still need to be washed and dried.
- Ears of ornamental plants should not be given, such as poppies, buttercups, lumbago, jasmine flowers, and other flowers.
- The grass should, if possible, be torn off by the hands, as it oxidizes from contact with the mower.
- You can not tear up various plants near the roads, on the roadway, along the street.
- The lawn grass of the crawl is, of course, eaten, but it is not useful, so you should not feed them that way.
- Try to harvest food and make sure that you do not accidentally get poisonous for eared plants. This – celandine, nightshade, fen tail, wild mustard and radish, Datura, hemlock.