Can Rabbits Eat Dandelions(greens and flowers)? Here’s Why.

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A white rabbit in a dandelion field. Can rabbits eat dandelions

Last Updated on October 4, 2021 by Rei

Quick Facts About Dandelions:

  • Scientific name – Taraxacum
  • Also known as – Irish daisy, lion’s tooth, piss-in-bed, pissinlit, priest’s crown, puffball, swine’s snout, tell time, and yellow gowan.
  • Origin – Eurasia
  • Most commonly found in – North America 

Dandelion greens and flowers are great for rabbits given that your rabbit is at least 12 weeks old before you give one and you’re only giving small amounts if it’s the first time your giving dandelions to your rabbits.

Just like any other food in your rabbit’s diet, dandelions(greens and flowers) need to be introduced slowly to ensure that your rabbit can tolerate them well. You should also make sure that your rabbit is NOT eating dandelions in lieu of hay.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat dandelions:

Do rabbits like to eat dandelion greens and flowers?

Yes, dandelion greens are one of the most recommended food for rabbits due to their nutritional contents. In my case, both of my rabbits Freya and Tyr loves eating dandelion flowers.

You can even find some dried dandelions flowers on amazon due to how popular dandelions are as rabbit treats.

Are dandelion greens and flowers safe to be eaten by rabbits?

Dandelion greens and flowers are safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is at least 12 weeks and your only giving it in moderation.

The only way dandelions can harm your rabbit is when you’re giving too much dandelions in lieu of hay. The lack of fiber in your rabbit’s diet would eventually lead to digestive problems like soft uneaten cecotropes, diarrhea, and GI stasis.

Finally, if it’s your first time giving dandelions to your rabbits, only give small amounts at first or 15 grams and observe for any adverse effects. If your rabbit is tolerating dandelions well, you can then feed your rabbits normally.

What are the benefits of feeding dandelion greens and flowers to rabbits?

A wild rabbit eating dandelion flower

Gist:

Dandelions are a great source of vitamin A.


In order to properly understand the benefits of feeding dandelions 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 dandelions.

It would also show if the amount your giving is within the nutritional constraint. You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show its benefits and deficiency:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits