Last Updated on July 26, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Blackberries:
- Scientific name – Rubus
- Also known as – Bramble, European blackberry, scaldhead, shrubby blackberry, wild blackberry, wild blackberry complex, zarza, murier.
- Origin – Europe and Asia
- Most commonly found in – Spain, Mexico, and Morocco.
Rabbits that are at least 7 months old can eat blackberries 1-2 times per week in small amounts. Sticking to this rule would ensure that your rabbit wouldn’t develop digestive problems.
The main cause of digestive problems in rabbits is the lack of fiber in their diet.
This usually happens when a rabbit owner overfeeds low-fiber food in lieu of hay, which should be 80% of their diet.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat blackberries:
Do rabbits like eating blackberries?
Both of my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) like to eat blackberries and will gobble them up whenever I give them some.
My rabbits would probably overeat blackberries if given the chance.
I’ve also asked a few of my friends who have rabbits, and all of them said that they feed their rabbits blackberries, too.
Are blackberries safe for rabbits to consume?
As long as your rabbit is old enough (7 months old) to eat it and you only give it 1-2 times per week, feeding blackberries to your rabbit is completely safe.
Digestive problems happen mainly to young rabbits whose digestive systems are sensitive to sugar.
Another possible way blackberries could harm your rabbit is if they are eating blackberries in lieu of hay.
The lack of fiber would eventually lead to digestive problems.
What are the benefits of feeding blackberries to rabbits?
To properly understand the benefits of feeding blackberries to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at their nutritional content.
You can use the nutrient constraint calculator for rabbits below to see what nutrients your rabbits are getting when you feed them blackberries and if the amount you are giving is within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside each nutrient to see its benefits and deficiency: