Can Rabbits Eat Daisies?

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Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by Rei Garnet

Daisies (Bellis perennis) are safe and highly nutritious to be eaten by rabbits.

Just make sure that your rabbit is eating enough hay.

Even though daisies are nutritious, they cannot meet the required fiber a rabbit would need per day.

While daisies are safe to be eaten by rabbits, you should still avoid making them a part of your rabbit’s regular diet.

There’s better, more nutritious food out there that’s better for rabbits.

Treat daisies as rabbit treats; feed them 1-2 times per week.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain the topic in more detail:

Would rabbits intentionally eat daisies?

Yes, rabbits would intentionally and gladly eat daisies.

Daisies are actually one of the most common and safest plants that can be fed to rabbits.

Even gardeners are having trouble keeping wild rabbits away from their daisies due to how much wild rabbits love this stuff.

Gardeners are using all kinds of natural repellents like onions and garlic to keep rabbits from eating their daisies.

Here’s a rabbit eating a bunch of daisies:

We’ve also interviewed several rabbit owners who have daisies or from where they’re from.

Most of them reported giving their rabbits some amount.

Risk of overfeeding daisies to rabbits.

A closed up shot of white daisy flower

While daisies themselves are not poisonous to rabbits, overfeeding them to your rabbits, on the other hand, could lead to the following conditions:

  • GI stasisGastrointestinal stasis is possible when your rabbit is eating daisies in lieu of hay. Make sure that you’re not replacing your rabbit’s main diet (hay, veggies, and pellets) with daisies.
  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea is also possible when you feed your rabbits too many daisies in one meal. The lack of fiber would likely soften your rabbit’s stool and lead to true diarrhea.
  • Soft uneaten cecotropes: Feeding too much unnecessary food like daisies to your rabbits could also lead to uneaten cecotropes due to the lack of fiber in your rabbit’s diet. This can be fixed by feeding large amounts of fiber (hay) for several weeks to a month.

Healthy alternative to daisies.

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Here are some alternatives to daisies that are safe to give to rabbits:

Conclusion

Giving daisies to your rabbits is safe as long as they’re not eating them in lieu of hay.

If it’s the first time you’re feeding daisies to your rabbits, take it slow and feed them in small amounts.

Introducing new food into your rabbit’s diet too fast could trigger diarrhea and other digestive distress.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (December 7, 2022) Can Rabbits Eat Daisies?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-daisies/.
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By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.