Do rabbits eat watermelon peels?
The directory "Your home farm" from 1995 in the section "Rabbit breeding" clearly states that vegetables and melons and gourds, including watermelon, its crusts and tops can be given as a juicy feed for rabbits.
Is it possible to pulp or peel watermelon rabbits?
Most nutrients are not contained in the pulp of the watermelon, but in crusts and seeds., although animals enjoy the sweet pulp of the melon fruit.
Useful properties of the pulp
The pulp contains 98% of water with vitamins and acids dissolved in it, in the juicy crust of these utilities is not less, but the dietary fiber necessary for the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract is much more. Watermelon peel – whole dietary fiber.
Cellulose – an indigestible carbohydrate. An indigestible product cannot be a source of energy or a nutritional component. But it is an excellent breeding ground for the reproduction of beneficial intestinal microflora.
Beneficial bacteria improve the work of the pancreas, excrete bile and toxins from the body.
Cellulose retains water in the body, which guarantees the movement of food through the intestines and prevents constipation, forming soft stool.
Without proper, well-balanced bowel work, the rabbit will not survive.
Interesting! The length of the rabbit intestine is 10 times longer than the body of the eared one, which allows it to absorb significant amounts of feed.
Watermelon juice and fiber reduce the risk of gastritis, gastric and intestinal ulcers, prevents diseases of the circulatory system and the endocrine system of the herbivore animal.
Watermelon crust – a storehouse of nutrients
In the crust is:
- Chlorophyll – a real magnesium complex that promotes the transport of oxygen to each cell, optimizing the functions of the liver and lungs.
- Lycopene – An antioxidant that stimulates the work of all organs.
- Pectin – stabilizer of the bacteriological balance of the intestine, which removes toxic substances from the body naturally.
- Saccharides and their derivatives – organic compounds that perform construction functions and cover 60% of the energy costs of the animal.
- Potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, iron, zinc – these elements in different proportions are necessary for a healthy heart, CNS stability, development and formation of bones and muscles. They take part in the water-salt metabolism, ensure the formation of blood cells, improve the functioning of the reproductive organs.
- Vitamins of all known groups – without them, the smooth functioning of the functions of any organism, including the rabbit one, is impossible.
- Amino Acids – "building blocks" for the continuous process of synthesizing proteins, ensuring the development, growth and health of the body.
Adding watermelon peels to the overall diet will only benefit farming, ornamental, and dwarf species.
Gourberry peel – not a complete feed, but only a useful delicacy, not replacing hay, grass, grain, feed. They feed a sweet delicacy on the principle that other fruits and berries – a little bit.
What is better: pulp or peel?
The crust is more useful, but the pulp will go into action if, after the first test, there is no upset stomach.
The introduction of any new component into the diet must be approached with reasonable caution, especially to a product containing substances that actively irritate the intestinal membrane. In the pulp of watermelon, the content of diuretic substances is increased, besides, it accumulates in itself nitrates, in contrast to the peel.
Dwarf breeds are better not to offer pulp at all – even a short-term imbalance of the intestine can lead to its long-term recovery, if not to the death of a pet.
For dwarf rabbits, it is necessary to cut the hardest thin green layer of the crust before treat.
Many advise not to give watermelon seeds. In vain!
Many advise not to give watermelon seeds. In vain!
Farmers and large decorative breeds consume watermelon seeds can and should. The pits contain the same active substances as pulp and berry crusts. Also in the seeds are substances that normalize the work of the liver and help prevent the development of urolithiasis in males.
This does not mean that watermelon seeds can be fed in unlimited quantities! An overabundance of any substance in the body is no less harmful than its deficiency.
Important! Watermelon seeds are contraindicated for dwarf species.
How many crusts can a rabbit have?
Farmer rabbits (meat, meat and skin) feed depending on the physiological state, the accumulation of weight and productivity, taking into account the season (season).
Succulent fodder (including watermelon peel), they put at least 150-200 g / day per adult weighing 5-7 kg.
Is it possible to give a watermelon to decorative rabbits?
Decorative animals are not always babies. Their main difference from the farm – a beautiful skin. Often, rabbits with decorative nap are raised on the farms to produce high-quality fur products.
The weight of such a rabbit can be 4 kg. You can not give the product more than 2-3 times a week with feeds containing a minimum of moisture (hay, concentrate).
The breeds of dwarf rabbits weighing up to 2-2.5 kg, although they are decorative, are bred only as pets.
For all long-haired species it is forbidden to give a watermelon until they are 4 months old.
They are much smaller than the “senior brethren”, their faces at any age resemble the faces of the monthly rabbits, and the ears remain disproportionately short (compared to a farm rabbit).
They have a vulnerable digestive system and a genetically weakened immune system. They need a little watermelon delicacy very little – 15-30 g once a week, and even then, if the first piece of 10 g did not affect the quality of the stool.
For all species of long-eared watermelon is prohibited to give until they turned 4 months. In addition, it is better not to give berries that went on sale before September-August: most likely, nitrates were used to grow these fruits.
When it is impossible to feed rabbits with watermelon crusts and pulp
It is forbidden to give watermelon to any species of rabbits until the animals are 4 months old. In addition, it is better not to give berries that went on sale before September-August: most likely, nitrates were used to grow these fruits.
When watermelon is bad
In some cases, giving a watermelon to a rabbit is not recommended for various reasons.
Presence of nitrates
Nitrates, which help unscrupulous gardeners to grow a berry early and more, getting into the rabbit’s body, have a cumulative effect – they accumulate and cause chronic intoxication.
Intoxication with nitrogen and its compounds leads to impaired transport function of the blood and, as a consequence, hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Eared animals are stunted, gain weight poorly, behave restlessly, sores and scratches appear on the skin.