Rabbit branch feed is an excellent dietary supplement. It nourishes the body with vitamins, fiber and allows you to grind down your teeth. Some trees and bushes contain substances that kill germs, which makes the branches of them an excellent prevention of disease.
This feed has a positive effect on the intestinal tract. But not all branches can be given to rabbits and it is better to limit to a small list of trees that are suitable for feeding animals.
Trees and shrubs that can be given to rabbits include:
- Apple tree;
- Birch tree;
- all needles;
Branches of fruit trees with stones should be avoided, as they are dangerous to the health of rabbits. There is hydrocyanic acid in their bark. This applies to apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, cherry plums, etc. Also, poisonous shrubs such as elder, Labrador tea, etc. should be avoided.
Willow and aspen are not just food, but also a good prevention of disease. Rowan and chestnut are given to rabbits only occasionally and in small portions. Birch has a diuretic property, it is fed with diseases of the bladder.
Needles kill germs and provide good immunity, because it contains vitamin C. Pear, apple, grapes and hazel can be given along with the fruits. Currants and blueberries are fed without berries. Acacia give the rabbits in unlimited quantities, but only young shoots.
Lipa is given in animals with cystitis. It has an analgesic effect, like willow. For the prevention of parasites, rabbits can be given occasionally and in a small amount of walnut branches. Alder and oak have a fixing effect and can fight diarrhea. But these feeds need to be issued not too often and in small portions.
Oak and alder are harvested for the winter and used as a first solution for diarrhea. They should be always at hand, because indigestion in rabbits bears a dangerous character and is often the cause of the death of even adult animals.
Vetochny forage allows you to distract animals from damage cells, because they no longer need to gnaw the boards. Many rabbit breeders give fresh, only cut branches with leaves, not wilting them. If animals are accustomed to green grass, there will be no bad consequences. The main thing to avoid feeding wet branches. In rainy weather, you need to dry them a bit before putting them in a cage.
Considering the question of which branches can be given to rabbits, it is necessary to clarify the fact that they should be without thorns. It is necessary to choose only the young shoots of acacia, which have soft thorns. Animals can damage their eyes or mouth, which will have a very negative impact on their general health. Also, if a rabbit pushes a thorn into his paw, then a strong inflammation may start, from which he cannot walk. As a result, weight loss is inevitable, and in the worst outcome, even death.
The advantages of feeding rabbits with correct branches are indisputable. Animals get vitamins, microelements and fiber. Many of these substances in ordinary grass or grain are rare.
Twisted feed stimulates the digestive system. Its regular use is an excellent prevention of stomach disorders. The right choice of branches makes it possible to treat some diseases.
In winter, the root system of trees and bushes keeps most of the nutrients in themselves. The krone is simply a dry mass that is of little interest to rabbits. For this reason, the breeders prefer to spend the summer harvesting of branches. At this time, they have leaves that will remain after cutting and will be enjoyed by animals.
Preparation need to do in late June and early July. It is at this time that the leaves are best kept on the branches. After drying, they will not disappear, besides, a lot of useful substances are collected in them, because a tree or a bush at this time is at the peak of its activity.
Predominantly young shoots of small length are cut, which is selected according to the size of the cell. The thinner the branch, the more likely that the animals will eat it completely. Of course, you can give a long escape, but then it will block the entire living space.
Fresh shoots are collected in small bunches, the size of a bath besom and tied with a rope or string. Next, they are suspended from the ceiling or near the wall in the sennik, barn or attic. They dry up, and then the bundle is untied and distributed to the rabbits.
It is necessary to try to choose branches with a thickness of up to 1 cm, since such shoots will be eaten completely.
If you choose too thick, then only bark will be gnawed from them and hard wood will have to be removed from the cage, which will create additional worries. When harvesting the branches of their fruit trees and berry bushes, you need to make sure that they are not treated with toxic chemicals from parasites. You also need to avoid branches with cobwebs and caterpillars, because you can bring to your site pests that will eat all the garden trees.
It is not necessary to save thick bunches to save time, since branches cannot even dry out in them and a dangerous mold will appear in the middle. Preparation is carried out in dry weather, so that there are no drops on the branches. It is advisable to cut the shoots away from the roads, so that they are without settled dust.
Novice rabbit bosses are wondering if rabbits can be given branches in unlimited quantities and can they be used as a good food. The branches are in many ways an alternative to hay, but cannot completely replace it. In addition, do not forget about the grain.
The daily rate of fresh branches per rabbit should not exceed 300 grams. In winter, they are dry and at the same volume they weigh much more easily, for this reason it is recommended to feed them 200 g. It is necessary to alternate the branches of different trees so that animals can get a variety.