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When It Is Time for Veggies....

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

When introducing new fresh foods to any rabbit’s diet it is best to go slowly to allow the gastrointestinal tract and all its important microorganisms to adjust. Introduce one new food every three days and keep a watch on the stools. It is rare for a rabbit that has been on a hay diet first, to have any problems using this method, but if you note softer stools that persist over a couple of days, then you might want to remove that food from your bunny’s diet. Keep a list as you go of the foods that your rabbit has successfully eaten; you will then have a handy shopping list when you go to the store!


NOTE: It is always preferable to buy organic produce if at all possible. If collecting wild foods such as dandelion greens, make sure they are from a pesticide-free area. All fresh foods regardless of the source should be washed or scrubbed (in the case of hard vegetables) before serving them to your rabbit.


LEAFY GREENS These foods should make up about 75% of the fresh portion of your rabbit’s diet (about 1 packed cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day).


Leafy Greens (need to be rotated due to oxalic acid content and only 1 out of three varieties of greens a day should be from this list)

  • Parsley

  • Spinach

  • Mustard greens

  • Beet greens

  • Swiss chard

  • Radish tops

  • Sprouts (from 1 to 6 days after sprouting, sprouts have higher levels of alkaloids)

Leafy Greens (low in oxalic acid)

  • Arugula

  • Carrot tops

  • Cucumber leaves

  • Endive

  • Ecarole

  • Frisee Lettuce

  • Mache

  • Red or green lettuce

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Spring greens

  • Turnip greens

  • Dandelion greens

  • Mint (any variety)

  • Basil (any variety)

  • Watercress

  • Wheatgrass

  • Chicory

  • Raspberry leaves

  • Cilantro

  • Radicchio

  • Bok Choy

  • Fennel (the leafy tops as well as the base)

  • Borage leaves

  • Dill leaves

  • Yu choy

NON-LEAFY VEGETABLES

These should be no more than about 15 % of the diet (About 1 tablespoon per 2 lbs of body weight per day).

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli (leaves and stems)

  • Edible flowers (roses, nasturtiums, pansies, hibiscus)

  • Celery

  • Bell peppers (any color)

  • Chinese pea pods (the flat kind without large peas)

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Cabbage (any type)

  • Broccolini

  • Summer squash

  • Zucchini squash


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