Beets are considered an excellent addition to the diet of many farm animals. This root crop contains vitamins, minerals and other useful substances necessary for the healthy growth of livestock.
Beets in the diet of rabbits: the benefits or harm
In the question whether it is possible to give red beets to rabbits, the opinions of experienced breeders differ. Some argue that this should not be done in any way, because a vegetable of this type is too saturated with fiber and organic acids, which adversely affects the gastrointestinal tract of the rabbit. There is another opinion that red beet, also called canteen, may be present in the diet in limited quantities.
The nutritional value of beets is due to the high content in the roots of the following elements:
- proteins and fats;
- vitamins of groups B and C;
- valuable mineral compounds;
- pectin, betaine and bioflavonoids.
In the body of rabbits, which regularly receive as a complementary food, boiled or raw beets, The following positive changes occur:
- vascular strength increases and blood circulation improves;
- the immune system is activated;
- the normal functioning of the digestive tract;
- improves the condition of the cardiovascular system.
Fruits and leaves of beets can be counted as prophylactic agents of natural origin, effective against a number of diseases, including coccidiosis of rabbits.
How to choose beets for feeding
Which root vegetables are more suitable for feeding rabbits? There are three main types of beets, each of which has certain beneficial properties:
- Sugar. This type of root crops is most suitable for rabbits, because it contains a lot of glucose, and fiber, on the contrary, is present in moderate quantities. This feature of the chemical composition allows such food to be easily digested and beneficially affect the state of the body and the level of animal productivity.
- Aft. Since this beet variety is considered to be high-yielding, it is most beneficial for growing on small farms as a fodder crop. Vegetables of this variety have a high energy value, far exceeding those of other crops and corn silage.
- Canteen. Such a vegetable is perfect for humans, but it should not be given to rabbits, it will badly affect the state of the animal’s digestive system, causing bloating in rabbits. However, the beet tops of this variety of rabbits are eaten with pleasure.
Farmers who are engaged in raising animals for meat, it is better to use sugar beets as a food. This variety of root vegetables allows you to achieve excellent taste of the product.
In order for the consumption of this feed additive to benefit the animals, it is important not only to choose the appropriate type of vegetables, but also to prepare the crop properly.
This should be done as follows:
- The harvested crop should be laid out in the open air, covered with waterproof material, such as tarpaulin.
- In cold and wet weather, it is better to harvest the crop in a room with a temperature of 10 to 15 degrees.
- Drain the vegetables for a day, then sort out, separating those that have begun to deteriorate.
Damaged vegetables can be given to rabbits, after cutting off the damaged areas and thoroughly rinsing the roots with water. The main thing is not to store such a product, and feed the livestock in the first place.
How to enter beets in the diet
In order to eat beets in food does not harm the health of rabbits, you must follow the basic rules for the introduction of complementary foods. This should be done as follows:
- Give the animals only clean roots, after removing them from the tainted areas.
- Ensure that there are no bugs and worms in the fruit.
- Start feeding with boiled beets, and when the animals get used to the new food, you can introduce fresh fruit.
- Do not use the vegetable as an independent “dish”, but mix it with other foods.
- Enter in the diet of adult rabbits beets carefully, ranging from 100 g and gradually increasing this amount to 300 g
- To divide the daily volume of consumed root crops into several receptions.
- When using tops as a feed additive, it is necessary to sort out and wash the greens, and give them to rabbits not in a fresh, but slightly dried form.
You can make beet silage by mixing it with greens and other vegetable waste and placing it in a spacious barrel. Then this composition is filled with sawdust and covered with clay. There is another method of manufacture when chopped root vegetables and greens are poured with salt, and placed on top under a press. Silage is perfect as a vitamin supplement for feeding rabbits in the winter.
Features of feeding pregnant rabbits
During pregnancy, baby rabbits need high-quality and vitamin-rich food. Beets are a source of many nutrients for the organism of the future mother and young, and you can give it to an animal during this period up to 400 g per day.
However, it is permissible to introduce such supplementary food only if the rabbit consumed root vegetables for food before pregnancy and is used to this type of food. If there was no such product in the diet of the female before, it is not necessary to conduct experiments while waiting for offspring.
Important! Babies born to individuals who have never eaten beets should be taught gradually, with caution.
How to feed young beetroot
Introduction of complementary foods to the diet of baby rabbits is a responsible matter that requires a serious approach and compliance with certain rules. Begin feeding beets should be in accordance with the following recommendations:
- Add root vegetables to the main food at the age of 1 month.
- The initial volume of beets per day should be no more than 25 g, and gradually increase to 50 g
- Feed the kids can only boiled vegetables, mixing them with silage, potatoes and greens.
- By the age of two months to bring the daily volume to 100 g per day, and after another 30 days to increase to 150 g
- Divide the daily rate into several techniques.
Attention! In the process of introducing complementary foods, you need to control the condition of the young, and in case of poor tolerance remove the beets from the diet.
It is important for every farmer to remember that balanced food with a rich chemical composition is a prerequisite for breeding healthy and viable animals. For this reason, it requires a serious approach to the selection of feed for growing rabbits, and the maintenance of fluffy animals will not cause much trouble and will bring a steady income. It would be more sensible not to experiment on animals, and add to the diet the feed and sugar varieties of this root, and from red beets only give them the tops, which has an antiseptic effect on the rodent’s body.
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