All who are just starting to breed rabbits, one way or another, are faced with the issue of nutrition. After all, not only eared health, but also the future output of high-quality meat for the owner depends on the correct diet. Today we will talk about whether sorrow is possible for rabbits. How can it be useful and how to feed it to crawls? This will be discussed later in the article.
Sorrel in the diet of rabbits
All breeders know that a large part of the diet of rabbits should be green fodder. In summer it is fresh grass, in winter it is harvested hay. Sorrel is not just possible, it must be given to rabbits. So, besides the fact that it has a number of positive properties, it still has a very pleasant taste, and animals gladly eat it in large quantities.
Horse sorrel, or as it is also called by the people, is horseberry – a perennial plant, which has an upright stalk 90-160 centimeters high. It is distributed throughout the Eurasian zone, except for the far north, mainly in forest and forest-steppe zones. The chemical composition of the plant is very interesting. For example, flowers contain 68 mg of ascorbic acid. Also, calcium oxalate is available in almost all parts of sorrel, which is responsible for positive antibacterial properties.
Zoologists say that the inclusion of sorrel in the diet of rabbits affect the overall increase in tone and vital energy eared. It has tonic properties and with small doses, helps to improve digestion. It is better to give the plant to rabbits fresh, it should be dry, without mold and impurities of dirt. Otherwise, the acid may cause problems with the digestive tract of your pets.
How to feed?
Sorrel can be given to rabbits in a group with other herbs. As practice shows, it is best used in combination with such plants as plantain, yarrow, mouse peas, clover, meadowsweet. For young animals, the average daily dose is calculated in the framework of 60–120 g. For adults, the dose of acid can be increased to 100–180 g. It is also practiced to feed pregnant individuals with sorrel, approximately 150–220 g per day.
Fresh sour can and should be given eared, but only in limited quantities! In a fresh plant there are substances that give it a bitter taste, so it is best to collect young leaves and cuttings. It is believed that in the springtime, sorrel is the most useful. It has a pleasant taste, and the leaves and stems have a lot of moisture and nutrients. But with the constant summer sun, it loses many of its beneficial properties. This feature must be taken into account by the rabbit breeders when collecting grass.
In dried form
Dried sorrel has a pleasant taste and loses the characteristic bitterness that is present in the fresh. Therefore, to feed rabbits with such hay is much more useful. It is best to collect this plant for harvesting in early spring, at the moment when the sorrel is still full of liquid. After collecting the plant, it must be thoroughly rinsed from dust and lumps of earth to avoid the risk of mold and other diseases.
Next, the grass needs to be dried as much as possible; for this, flax is used, which absorbs moisture well. The drying process itself should be carried out on a sunny, dry day, in the open air, preferably in the shade. After the plant dries, it is best to move it to the sun for the further drying process. An important nuance when drying is that the leaves should be placed in one layer.
As soon as you notice that the sorrel, instead of being bent, will begin to break, it must be transferred to a dry ventilated place, where it will be stored. Very often the attic is used to store hay. In such conditions, horse shred can be stored for more than two years, but it is best to prepare a new batch each year, and give the rabbits only fresh hay.