Despite the fact that rabbits are very nice and cute creatures, they are very demanding on food and conditions. In order for a pet to please its owner with a healthy and vigorous mood, it must be balanced in feeding high quality food. So how do you feed rabbits in the summer, and what should be included in the diet in winter?
In order to grow and develop well, the rabbit needs proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats, and water. All this, in proper quantity, the rabbit should receive with feed. You should also take into account the fact that rabbits are highly productive animals that require nutritious and easily digestible food. Food for these animals need high quality and diverse. The main types of feed for rabbits are: green (fresh grass), juicy (roots, cabbage, silage), rough (hay), mineral (chalk, table salt), feed of animal origin (bone meal, fish meal, milk), concentrated feed (bran, legumes, cereals).
In order to correctly calculate the amount of water needed for normal animal life, it is necessary to proceed from the following flow rate: 100 ml of water are needed for 1 kg of live weight of a rabbit, and in the hot season, a young rabbit with cubs can drink up to 4 liters. water. Water, without fail, must be clean and fresh.
According to the type of feeding, there are: dry and mixed feeding. The peculiarity of the dry type of food is the addition of dry food (hay, mixed feed) with the constant presence of water in the drinking pot. And with a mixed type of food, rabbits are fed with green and succulent feeds, combining them with concentrated and mixed feeds. The most favorite delicacy, which has a positive effect on the health, sexual activity and milkiness of rabbits, is fresh grass. Among the favorite rabbits, herbs emit: dandelion, wormwood, alfalfa, plantain, mint, parsley, dill, nettle. To get high-quality and healthy green fodder, it is recommended to sow a mixture of herbs in the spring. For rabbits such plants can become poisonous: celandine, hemlock, Datura, belladonna, lily of the valley. Also in the summer, the crawls love to feast on the leaves of birch, oak, willow, aspen, and the caring owner will prepare such a treat for the winter from August. Root vegetables are also welcome foods in the rabbit menu. Feed and cereal must be present in the diet of rabbits. A separate item is the drinking regime of rabbits, the water in the drinking bowl should always be, especially if the rabbits are fed on a dry type of food. Determining how much liquid is needed for a rabbit, you need to take into account the age and weight of the pet, as well as the environmental conditions. With insufficient water, animal health deteriorates and feed consumption increases.
Rabbits have a lot of interesting features related to their food. For example, a rabbit makes 120 chewing movements per minute, and the number of taste buds in it is close to 17,000. The rabbit feeds her offspring for 5 minutes a day.
With simple rabbits everything is clear, but what is to feed the lop-eared rabbit? So that pets can always please their owners, they must be fed in a balanced and moderately diverse manner. The main food is feed, hay, a bit of green (so as not to cause bloating of the tummy), the water should be clean and boiled. In order for the pet’s teeth to be healthy, you must give them to nibble the twigs from the trees. All new products in the menu of lop-eared rabbits need to enter carefully, little by little and "without fanaticism."
Rabbits are not only very funny animals, they are also very smart. Not for nothing, many settle them in their homes, calling them their favorites. But we must remember that the diet for rabbits is very important, because the wrong food can destroy the animal.