Last Updated on July 31, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Broccoli:
- Scientific name – Brassica oleracea var. italica
- Origin – Italy
- Most commonly found in – China, India, Spain
Broccoli can be safely given to rabbits that are at least 7 months old. While vegetables are normally introduced to rabbits at 12 weeks old, broccoli is only on the “okay” list of vegetables for rabbits because some rabbits can’t tolerate it.
Young rabbits are more susceptible to digestive problems, and giving them vegetables that are not on the recommended list is a gamble.
You should also limit the amount of broccoli you give your rabbits to 15 grams when starting out.
You should also monitor your rabbits when feeding broccoli because it could lead to gas.
If your rabbits can tolerate broccoli well, you can give it to them sparingly.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat broccoli:
Do rabbits like eating broccoli?
In my case, both of my rabbits would gobble up the broccoli I give them whenever I have one available.
I’ve also asked several of my friends if they ever fed broccoli to their rabbits, and all of them reported giving some to their rabbits due to the fact that their rabbits love broccoli so much.
Is broccoli safe to be eaten by rabbits?
As long as your rabbit is at least 7 months old and you introduce it slowly, broccoli shouldn’t cause any digestive problems for your rabbit.
The amount of broccoli you give to your rabbits also plays a role in the safety of broccoli.
Generally, a rabbit’s diet should be 90% hay.
Feeding any other food in lieu of hay would eventually lead to digestive problems due to the lack of fiber.
What are the benefits of feeding broccoli to rabbits?
In order for you to properly understand the benefits of feeding broccoli to your rabbits, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits.
This calculator will show you what nutrients your rabbits are getting whenever you feed them broccoli.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to see its benefits and deficiency: