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abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 01:40 PM
How much veg do your rabbits get through each week?

I have 12 rabbits here ATM, and they eat...

3 packs of spring greens

4 large lettuces

2 packs of celery

2 medium sized bags of carrots

Amy

Sarah86
20-11-2007, 01:43 PM
I thought they weren't supposed to have lettuce?

Bavarian Bunny
20-11-2007, 01:52 PM
I thought they weren't supposed to have lettuce?

Iceberg lettuce isn't good for them, I am not sure about normal lettuce, never tried to feed it.

I have 4 bunnies and usually need per week:

3 to 4 packs of spring greens
2 bunches of parsley
1 apple
2 carrots
2 bags of curly kale
1 pack of celery (although they are not too keen on that)


During the summer I get fewer veggies from the shops, but add hazel and strawberry leaves, and some fresh herbs, from the garden. We also have quite a bit of dandelion in our lawn.

Liz1966
20-11-2007, 01:55 PM
My 2 get through:

2 bunches of greens
3 carrots
1 brocolli
1 packet of green beens

When I'm at the supermarket people must think I eat really healthy food - little do they know it's all for the buns.

Tinkerbell's Mum
20-11-2007, 02:00 PM
We have 5 adults and 11 babies and 2 guinea pigs.
We get through in a week:

7 bags of springs greens
2 large bags of carrots
4 bags of kale
3 bags of celery
2 packets of baby corns ( as treats)
3 cucumbers
3 round lettuces (not every week)
half a bag of apples and half bag of pears
Occasional packet of pak choi
Occasional cherry tomatoes

Probably missed something out to :lol:

abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 02:14 PM
I thought they weren't supposed to have lettuce?


The darker lettuces are fine...Romaine, little gem, kos, etc.

It's a bit of a myth that rabbits can't eat lettuce. :lol:

Amy

Buggie Jay
20-11-2007, 02:20 PM
I read so much about lettuce being bad too, but then if they can have cucumber and the likes of celery I cant see that IN MODERATION how it could be harmful.

Though I will not bother with lettuce as there are so many more green types out there that are def ok's..

Sarah86
20-11-2007, 02:23 PM
The darker lettuces are fine...Romaine, little gem, kos, etc.

It's a bit of a myth that rabbits can't eat lettuce. :lol:

Amy

Excuse my dumb moment, I knew that, I've given Charlie romaine before :roll::lol:

abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 02:24 PM
I've never had a bad reaction from feeding lettuce. Personally I think rabbits tend to tolerate it better than stuff like cabbage, kale and spring greens. Plus it isn't as high in calcium.

ecudc
20-11-2007, 02:29 PM
My 2 dwarf lops and one nethie ate

3 heads of spring greens (1 1/2 big packets)
2 heads of romany lettuce
1 brocolli
1 celery
1 packet raddish
1 carrot
1 bannana
1 apple
A few bits of what we had, like brussel sprouts and red cabbage.

When we got the neithie the only extra I've bought is a packet of spring greens and we have the other half. I spread the other veg a little thinner.

elve
20-11-2007, 03:28 PM
I've got 19 piggies and 6 rabbits, and get through a bag of greens, large head of brocolli and several large carrots a day - there's never any room in my fridge for more than a couple jars jam, some marge and milk :lol:

Bavarian Bunny
20-11-2007, 03:35 PM
I've never had a bad reaction from feeding lettuce. Personally I think rabbits tend to tolerate it better than stuff like cabbage, kale and spring greens. Plus it isn't as high in calcium.

So which types of lettuce do you feed? I was looking for a low calcium vegetable to feed. Is the very basic round green lettuce ok? The one with the non-crispy leaves?

abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 03:49 PM
So which types of lettuce do you feed? I was looking for a low calcium vegetable to feed. Is the very basic round green lettuce ok? The one with the non-crispy leaves?

Yes, the ordinary round or curly leaved lettuces are fine.

Brussel sprouts are a good lower calcium alternative to cabbage/spring greens.

Parsley is really high in calcium, so be careful about feeding too much to rabbits with sludge.

Amy

babybunnies3
20-11-2007, 04:30 PM
I get really confused about which vegs are best, things that I thought were good I've since read are bad, too much calcium etc. Which veg can I give my bunnies without fear??!! :shock:

They currently have a few things off this list depending on what I've bought recently:

Brussels
Kale
Brocolli
Beetroot
Cauliflower
Carrot
Cabbage
Spring greens

Then have things like apple, banana or rasins as a treat.

I asked this question in a thread a while ago but nobody replied :(

abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 04:35 PM
Brussels
Kale
Brocolli
Beetroot
Cauliflower
Carrot
Cabbage
Spring greens

All those are fine :thumb: (not really sure about beetroot, but should be OK)

Just be wary that kale, broccoli cauliflower, cabbage and spring greens are all potentially quite 'gassy' veg, so perhaps don't feed them all at the same time.

Leanne
20-11-2007, 04:36 PM
My 2 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs probably have per week;

1 large bag spring greens
1 large bag of carrots
1 whole large brocolli head

and various amounts of parsnip, kale, peppers, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, apple, orange and what ever else I have in the fridge, we all share the veggies :D

Bavarian Bunny
20-11-2007, 04:39 PM
What kind of cabbage is ok to feed? Savoy? Red and white cabbage are probably too strong. Snoopy got a bit gassy after eating broccoli, so I have not fed them that any more.

Leanne
20-11-2007, 04:40 PM
I give mine pointed/savoy/occasionally white although they aren't too keen on that one.

babybunnies3
20-11-2007, 04:55 PM
All those are fine :thumb: (not really sure about beetroot, but should be OK)

Just be wary that kale, broccoli cauliflower, cabbage and spring greens are all potentially quite 'gassy' veg, so perhaps don't feed them all at the same time.


Thanks for your reply :D

Which veg can I feed every day then?? I don't want them to get gassy :( They get about a cup(ish) of veg each a day, is this about right?

abbymarysmokey
20-11-2007, 05:05 PM
Which veg can I feed every day then?? I don't want them to get gassy :( They get about a cup(ish) of veg each a day, is this about right?

Perhaps only feed one or two 'gassy' types each day? TBH if yours do well on what you feed, then don't change it.

I feed a bit of 4 veg daily (spring greens, lettuce, carrot, celery)...I don't like to chop and change too much in case it upsets their gut flora.

For a couple of mine broccoli is a real no go.

Julia123
20-11-2007, 05:08 PM
I'm feeding 5 adults at the mo and get through :-

5 packs of spring greens
1 bag carrots
3 bunches broccoli
1 or 2 pack green beans

My three have a large dog food size bowl full.

Then theres the two fosters - Speedy has 1 large spring green leaf, half a carrot and a golf ball size piece of broccoli, Ollie who is lactating has 1 to 2 large spring green leaves, half a carrot and 2 golf ball size pieces broccoli.

The babies are too young.

Rabbers
20-11-2007, 05:33 PM
my two have this week:

1 bag of spring greens
1 bunch of celery
half a bag of radishes
1-2 parsnips
bag of brussel sprouts
1 carrot
small bunch of broccoli

and they will prob have the outer leaves of my savoy cabbage this evening.

other weeks we substitute things other than the greens with watercress, rocket, kale etc.

Sooz
20-11-2007, 05:52 PM
I've never had a bad reaction from feeding lettuce. Personally I think rabbits tend to tolerate it better than stuff like cabbage, kale and spring greens. Plus it isn't as high in calcium.

I have never had problems feeding dark leaf and red lettuce either.

We get through
3 bags spring greens
2 savoy cabbages
2 roung lettuces
2 packs italian salad mix
A bad of carrot tops and peel
A bag of spinach or kale
brocolli or a cauliflower

ecudc
20-11-2007, 08:17 PM
Spring greens are better than cabbage as they have more vitamins and less calcium White cabbage and chinese cabbage are pretty high in calcuim. I occasionally give mine a bit if we're having it but not a staple. I too am trying to reduce calcium having noticed a bit of sludgyness when a bun peed on my dustpan and brush when trying to clean out their room :roll: so am feeding more romany lettuce, celery & raddish. I also used to give carrot once in a blue moon, they now have a small bit daily. I've also reduced their normal pellets and substitute with some oxbow t pellets which are not alfafa based.

CottonMather
20-11-2007, 08:22 PM
Ok, just been to tescos so can answer this now! :lol:

2 x tesco finest January king cabbages (leafy green/red cabbages) - I normally buy greens, but tesco were all out & these were on offer and looked rather tasty! :lol:
1 x sweetheart cabbage from my box delivery
1 x leaves of cauli from my organic veg box delivery
2 x bags of organic carrots from tescos
2 x celery
1 x bag of carrot tops from my kind neighbour!

I'll need to get some more greens before the week is up, but this is to feed 18 rabbits and 5 guinea pigs

Becca6
20-11-2007, 08:38 PM
I go to Marks & Spencer once a week and get:
Bag of carrots
2 packs of baby corn
Green beans
Sugar snap peas
Bag of spring greens
4 apples
6 plums
Bag of watercress
Bag of spinach
Cucumber
Celery

Occasionally get them:
Broccoli
Mange tout

That's between two buns and five piggies.

:)