If you decide to breed eagles, you will definitely think about whether you can feed the rabbits with bread. This high-calorie product of plant origin is saturated with proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Animals love to eat it, but the abuse of bakery products can lead to obesity, disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, the jaw apparatus, as well as the deterioration of the general condition of your pets, including their death.
The Importance of Eating Hard Feed
Rabbits are herbivores and their diet should be greens, hay or young shoots of fruit plants. The need to eat hard foods is due to the fact that eared teeth grow over their entire life span, and they must constantly grind down.
If this is not done in a timely manner, the teeth will bend and grow into the cheek. The animal experiences severe pain, loses its appetite and may die from malnutrition. Such a problem can be resolved only by removing the diseased tooth, but most often the sick rabbit is simply killed.
Let’s see if it is possible to add bread to rabbits in the diet, and how useful it is for its health.
High-calorie products from wheat flour
Any bakery product has a soft and crumbly structure. Even the pre-dried crackers do not have to chew on the animal for a long time, as they quickly soak in his mouth under the action of saliva. Therefore, it is impractical to give bread to rabbits as a hard feed.
In industrial rabbit breeding, adding bread to a pre-slaughter diet of rabbits gives excellent results due to its high calorie content and high content of healthy substances.
- up to 50% carbohydrates;
- up to 10% protein;
- 3-4% fat;
- 4-4.5% fiber;
- strengthening the work of the cardiovascular system of the B vitamins;
- accelerates the metabolism of vitamin C;
- splitting fats and nicotinic acid responsible for protein metabolism;
- Manganese, selenium, sodium, iron, copper, chlorine and zinc, which are well digestible for all the systems and organs of the rabbit.
The nutritional value of 10 g of wheat bread of the second grade is 27 kcal, and in white bread and buns it is even higher. Feeding animals with meat, meat and fur breeds with this product allows to increase the taste characteristics of rabbit meat, as well as the density and luster of fur.
Heavy for the digestive system product
Despite the fact that bread is made from grain flour, it is of artificial origin and is never found in wild animals in its natural environment. Domestic breeds of these animals are even weaker immunity, and the work of their gastrointestinal tract is subject to various disruptions.
Fresh bread is given to animals only in small quantities and is extremely rare, since it is hard for the rabbit to digest. Instead, you can give stale bread or crackers.
When feeding a rabbit with fresh, stale bread or bread crumbs, you need to be very careful to ensure that the product does not have mold. Even the slightest contamination of food with a fungus can cause bloating or a blockage in your pet.
Extremely dangerous causing fermentation and increased flatulence of rye bread, which should definitely be excluded from the diet of rabbits. Due to the high sugar content, any pastry becomes a very dangerous product. It is hard to digest, quickly deteriorates and becomes moldy.
Cookies can be given only oatmeal and in limited quantities, as this can lead to obesity, narrowing of the digestive canals and worsening of the general condition of your pet.
If you decide to feed your pet bread, it is best to pre-dry it. Do not do it in the oven. Cut the moldless product into 10-15 mm pieces and place in an open area.
Make sure that other pets and small rodents that carry dangerous infections do not have access to it. Such crackers can be given to an adult rabbit at the rate of 10 g per 1 kg of live weight per day.
Once a week, crackers can be rubbed with garlic. This is a real delicacy, which no animal will refuse, and at the same time a preventive measure against worms.
Eating bread causes thirst in rabbits. Therefore, you need to ensure that animals have free access to clean water.
Dried bread is convenient to use to strengthen rabbits, emaciated by long-term illness. In the evening, crackers are soaked in cow’s milk and given to an animal that eats them with great pleasure, quickly restoring its strength. Read more in the article "Can I give milk to the rabbit."
Timely we clean the cage from the remnants of grain feeding
In the diet of nursing females bread must be introduced very carefully, so as not to provoke their obesity and flatulence. The rabbit, experiencing health problems, lose their appetite, begin to produce less milk and can refuse to feed their young.
Rabbits are usually transferred to the use of adult feed after reaching the age of 45-60 days. They do not experience any problems with chewing bread, but they need to monitor the state of their intestinal function. Introduce bread crumbs into the diet of young stock gradually, increasing the rate every 10 days.
But for decorative breeds, this product is absolutely contraindicated. Therefore, the decision on whether it is necessary and possible to give the rabbit bread, you have to take on their own, depending on the breed of animals raised.
Remember that the remnants of the uneaten bread perfectly absorb moisture and quickly begin to roam, which can cause a disturbance in the rabbit’s gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, try immediately after feeding this product to carry out cleaning, and not less than 1 time per week – sanitary and hygienic treatment of the cell.
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