Last Updated on August 3, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Kale:
- Scientific name – Brassica oleracea var. sabellica
- Also known as – Borecole
- Origin – Mediterranean
- Most commonly found in – United States, Mexico, China
- Average weight – 67 grams
Giving kale to rabbits is safe as long as your rabbit is old enough (12 weeks) to eat vegetables and you only give it in moderation.
You should also mix in some other vegetables when feeding kale to lessen the chance of triggering any digestive problems.
Also, if it’s the first time you’re giving kale to your rabbits, you should introduce it in small amounts (e.g., 15 grams) at first.
Doing this would reduce the chance of triggering digestive problems, especially in young rabbits.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat kale:
Do rabbits like to eat kale?
Rabbits would never dislike vegetables like kale.
In my case, both my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) like to eat kale and would devour it the second I gave it to them.
I’ve also asked a few rabbit owners if they’ve ever fed kale to their rabbits and what their rabbit’s response was.
Most of them reported that their rabbits liked kale and it was part of their diet.
Is kale safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Kale is safe for rabbits to eat as long as your rabbit is old enough to eat it and your rabbit is not eating kale in lieu of hay.
Another possible danger is when a rabbit owner introduces kale in large amounts.
Always introduce any new food to your rabbit’s diet slowly.
This would ensure that your rabbit’s gut flora would be able to adjust accordingly.
What are the benefits of feeding kale to rabbits?
Kale is rich in vitamin A. It also contains small amounts of vitamin E, niacin, protein, and fiber.
In order for you to properly know the benefits and risks of feeding kale to your rabbits, you can use this nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to see the benefits and deficiencies of kale: