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    My girls are 11 weeks old and have handled the change from breeders feed to excel really well, done it gradually over a week and no tummy probs. Good grass and hay eaters. Just wanted to ask from experienced owners how they introduced veggies - which ones are the best to go for first? How much would you give and when would you start? Theyre mini rex rabbits for info. Thanks

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    Fresh herbs are generally better tolerated than fresh veg. Herbs like Coriander, flat leaf parsley, Dill. You can give a few sprigs of one type of herb at a time and see if they like them and that their tummies cope OK with them. With veg, dark leafy greens are the best to start off with. I would avoid carrots, except for carrot tops. Cabbage and broccoli is known to cause a gassy tummy for some Rabbits so I would avoid feeding those until the girls are a bit older. Rexes are usually extremely greedy so donít get fooled into feeding them anything in large quantities !! Rexes will have you believe that they are always starving


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    There is also forage around at the moment - bramble leaves, leaves & stems of willow / apple / raspberry - all high fibre and good for teeth & tums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    Fresh herbs are generally better tolerated than fresh veg. Herbs like Coriander, flat leaf parsley, Dill. You can give a few sprigs of one type of herb at a time and see if they like them and that their tummies cope OK with them. With veg, dark leafy greens are the best to start off with. I would avoid carrots, except for carrot tops. Cabbage and broccoli is known to cause a gassy tummy for some Rabbits so I would avoid feeding those until the girls are a bit older. Rexes are usually extremely greedy so donít get fooled into feeding them anything in large quantities !! Rexes will have you believe that they are always starving
    This seems very true! With my previous bun there were always dried pellets left, but these two seem to eat everything I put in there. Theyre good hay munchers so thats good hopefully - how about dandilion leaves? Are they a good first food?

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    Dandelion leaves are good - just don't feed too many. Also beware of the side effect of the plant pigments coming out in the urine. Don't panic if it is orange or red.

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