Can Rabbits Eat Okra? Your Questions Answered.

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Last Updated on August 2, 2022 by Rei Garnet

Quick Facts About Okra:

  • Scientific name – Abelmoschus esculentus
  • Also known as – Ladies fingers, bhindi, bamia, ochro or gumbo
  • Origin – Ethiopia
  • Most commonly found in – China
  • Average weight – 0.05–0.07 g

Okra is safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is not eating it in lieu of hay and your rabbit is at least 7 months old.

You should also limit the amount of okra you give to your rabbit and prioritize other vegetables that’s more beneficial to your rabbits health.

Even though okra is safe to be eaten by rabbits, the nutrient content of okra is relatively low compared to other vegetables.

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

Do rabbits like to eat okra?

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Yes, rabbits like eating okra. In fact, several people from rabbit communities have reported that their rabbits loves eating okra.

Here’s a quote from a rabbit owner that fed okra to their rabbits:

My rabbits didn’t have any problems after they ate the Okra. I fed the the leaves and stem. They ate the leaves and used the stem to nibble on like they would a piece of wood. I had four plants about 5 feet tall and gave all of it to them over the fall, not all at once of course.

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I’ve also personally fed my rabbits okra, both of them (Tyr and Freya) loves okra.

Is okra safe to be eaten by rabbits?

As long as your rabbit is old enough to eat vegetables (> 12 weeks old) and your rabbit is not eating it in lieu of hay, then okra is perfectly safe for rabbits.

Young rabbits have sensitive stomachs and should stick with eating hay.

Finally, you should introduce any new vegetables to your rabbit slowly to see if it has any negative reaction to it and to let your rabbit’s gut flora get used to the new food.

What are the benefits of feeding okra to rabbits?

To properly understand the benefits of feeding okra to your rabbits, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator below, which shows the different nutrients your rabbits are getting whenever you feed them okra.

It also shows if the amount you’re giving is within the safe nutritional range:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits