View Full Version : Dandelions? Are they "free food"???

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11-04-2009, 01:53 PM
Can buns eat as many dandelions as they want or should I keep them as treats?

Thank you!

11-04-2009, 06:02 PM
I believe dandelions can have a diurectic effect (hence the old saying that dandelions make you wet the bed!!) so I think they shouldn't be given in huge quantities. But a few leaves shouldn't hurt. I'm not sure I'd feed them every day but perhaps a couple of times a week.

11-04-2009, 06:04 PM
My mam planted a dandelion plant in a jug in the back garden so we would always have some :roll:
They only get it as a treat normally :) Once a week or so, depending on how much other veg they've had

11-04-2009, 08:24 PM
My garden is almost only dandelions! :oops: My bun free ranges and so I'm sure eats more than his fair share - but has been fine.

11-04-2009, 08:32 PM
Mine normally get a couple daily, although dandelions have pulled several buns out of stasis and when they get like that, they can have as many as they want.

11-04-2009, 08:38 PM
can they eat the whole dandelion head?

11-04-2009, 09:05 PM
can they eat the whole dandelion head?

yes they can! they love it.......I find that dandelions are very useful if you need to tempt a bun to eat too :D

11-04-2009, 09:11 PM
dandilions are a diuretic and they can also cause diarhea if fed in very large amounts ...

small amount every day wont hurt but aviod letting your bun gorge on them all at once or you could have a poorly bunny ..

11-04-2009, 09:39 PM
I give mine a few when I can find them:lol: They absolutely go mad for them, and they never seem to get any problems after having them... but I wouldn't go overboard as with any fresh greens.

11-04-2009, 10:51 PM
dandilion are called pis-en-lit in France........fine as a treat in small amounts, even daily but they don't half make bunnies pee.

11-04-2009, 11:15 PM
I pick a carrier bag full of dandelions every day for my buns and thay have no Ill affects.Wild buns eat them till the cows come home.So I would say yes they are a very nutritional free food

12-04-2009, 10:39 AM
I only tend to give my rabbits a few dandelion leaves, although whenever my grandma comes round she insits on giving them truck loads (She goes out and picks it especially). Both my bunnies love it!