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    Hi, I am new to this site and have been looking through some of the posts to see if I can find different things to add to my rabbits diet. I also have seen the Ray Mears prog. on hawthorn berries and was wondering if they could be used to add to the very fine particles of hay that end up in the bottom of the bag that otherwise would be difficult for the bunny to eat. As the berries (when passed through a fine sieve to remove the pips) will set into a kind of jelly I was wondering if the fine hay could be added to it to stabilise it and make it easier to eat? Just a thought as some of the bags of hay have a good quantity of 'little bits' Thanks folks, Salli

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    I think Hawthorn berries aren't suitable for bunnies though they love the leaves, flowers & twigs & they are safe. The very fine hay is likely to be dusty I'd have thought? Maybe best binned.

    Foraging for wild flowers & plants is a great way to add healthy & natural things to your bunnies diet

    Welcome to RU . How many bunnies do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salli View Post
    Hi, I am new to this site and have been looking through some of the posts to see if I can find different things to add to my rabbits diet. I also have seen the Ray Mears prog. on hawthorn berries and was wondering if they could be used to add to the very fine particles of hay that end up in the bottom of the bag that otherwise would be difficult for the bunny to eat. As the berries (when passed through a fine sieve to remove the pips) will set into a kind of jelly I was wondering if the fine hay could be added to it to stabilise it and make it easier to eat? Just a thought as some of the bags of hay have a good quantity of 'little bits' Thanks folks, Salli

    Welcome to the Forum Salli

    Rabbits can eat all parts of the hawthorn tree but *not* the berries!

    Twigs Way (she is known as parsnipbun on the Forum here ) wrote an excellent book - 'Foraging for rabbits' and it's available to buy in the RWAF bookshop:

    https://shop.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pro...-by-twigs-way/

    This is what she says about hawthorn and rabbits:

    "All parts except the berries are edible at all times of year"

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    Welcome to the forum

    There is an old thread here with plant images, which you may find interesting: http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...4-Plant-Images

    Tree leaves and twigs are usually very popular e.g. Hazel, Hawthorn, Field Maple, Ash, Apple, Pear, Alder, Willow.

    I agree about the Hawthorn berries not being suitable for rabbits. What a dreadful bother to have to sieve them too

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    Thank you for the heads up. I have 3 rabbits at the moment,1 boy and 2 girls. They are in the same cage but separated by a wall so able to see each other but not mate. I love the idea of foraging for their food, it seems more natural.

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    Thank you, I kinda thought that might be the answer. I will have to move the cage then as it is directly under a Hawthorne tree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salli View Post
    Thank you for the heads up. I have 3 rabbits at the moment,1 boy and 2 girls. They are in the same cage but separated by a wall so able to see each other but not mate. I love the idea of foraging for their food, it seems more natural.

    Would you consider neutering them and letting them live together?

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    Thank you an interesting link. I will go to extraordinary lengths to give my rabbits a good variety of foods. Bit weird though that rabbits are unable to distinguish between what they can and can't eat. Makes you wonder how the hell they have survived in the wild? Salli

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    Seems a bit harsh, I was thinking to bread from them at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salli View Post
    Seems a bit harsh, I was thinking to bread from them at some point.

    Why was it harsh?

    It was simply a question. You are on the Forum and it's nice to get to know our members

    I did put a sign at the end to indicate my good feelings towards you

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