Can Rabbits Eat Marigolds?

Categorized as Bunny Diet

Last Updated on January 3, 2022 by Rei Garnet

Marigolds(Tagetes) are one of the safest and most recommended plants that can be eaten by rabbits. Just make sure that your rabbit is eating enough hay because even though marigold is nutritious, it cannot meet the required fiber a rabbit would need per day.

While marigold is safe to be eaten by rabbits, you should still avoid making them a part of your rabbit’s regular diet. There is better more nutritious food out there that’s better for rabbits.

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 marigold?

Yes, rabbits would intentionally and gladly eat marigolds. Marigold is actually one of the most common and safest plants that can be fed to rabbits.

Here’s a rabbit eating marigolds:

We’ve interviewed several rabbit owners who have marigolds or from where they’re from, most of them reported giving their rabbits some amount.

Risk of overfeeding marigold to rabbits.

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

  • GI stasis – Gastrointestinal stasis is possible when your rabbit is eating marigold in lieu of hay. Make sure that you’re not replacing your rabbit’s main diet(hay, veggies, and pellets) with marigold.
  • Diarrhea – Diarrhea is also possible when you feed your rabbits too much marigold in one eating. Diarrhea in rabbits often happens when new food is introduced too fast and too much.
  • Soft uneaten cecotropes – Feeding too much unnecessary food like marigold 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 marigold.

Here are some alternatives to marigold that are safe to be given to rabbits:

  • Roses
  • Dandelion
  • Nettles
  • Daisies
  • Clover
  • Sunflowers
  • Pot 
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Chickweed

Conclusion

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

If it’s the first time you’re feeding marigold to your rabbits, take it slow and feed it 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 (January 28, 2022) Can Rabbits Eat Marigolds?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-marigolds/.
"Can Rabbits Eat Marigolds?." Bunny Horde - January 28, 2022, https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-marigolds/

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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.