Last Updated on April 27, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Beet Greens:
- Scientific name – Beta vulgaris
- Also known as – Chard, silverbeet, perpetual spinach, beet spinach, seakale beet, and leaf beet.
- Origin – Mediterranean
- Most commonly found in – Belgium, Spain, and Mexico.
As long as your rabbit is at least 12 weeks old, beet greens (tops) can be given to them as part of their leafy green diet. Also, make sure that you introduce it to your rabbits slowly, or 15 grams only for the first few weeks.
This would ensure that your rabbits would have time to adjust and to prevent triggering digestive problems like diarrhea.
Only feed the leaf part (tops) of beet greens to rabbits.
Other parts of beet greens are not recommended to be eaten by rabbits.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat beet greens:
Do rabbits like to eat beet greens?
The top part of beet greens is actually included in the list of leafy greens that are recommended for rabbits due to the fact that rabbits love to eat them and they are full of nutrients.
In my case, I always give the top part of beet greens to my rabbits, and as soon as it leaves my hands, my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) gobble them up.
I’ve also asked several of my friends who have rabbits, and all of them reported feeding beet green tops to their rabbits.
Are beet greens safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Beet greens are safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as you’re only giving them the top part and your rabbit is at least 12 weeks old.
You should also limit the amount to 15 grams per day if it’s the first time you’re giving beet greens to your rabbits.
Most of the problems associated with feeding beet greens to rabbits are when their owners overfeed large amounts of it in lieu of hay.
The lack of fiber would eventually lead to digestive problems.
Finally, the bulb part of beets should be avoided due to its high sugar content.
Feeding large amounts of beetroot bulbs could lead to digestive distress.
What are the benefits of feeding beet greens to rabbits?
Beet greens contain large amounts of vitamin A and potassium.
In order to properly understand the benefits of feeding beet greens to your rabbits, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits that shows how much and what nutrients your rabbit is getting whenever you feed them beet greens.
It would also show if the amount you’re giving is within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show its benefits and deficiency: