Can Rabbits Eat Pea Pods? What you need to know.

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Last Updated on August 1, 2022 by Rei Garnet

Quick Facts About Pea Pods:

  • Scientific name – Pisum sativum
  • Also known as – Peasecod, seedcase, or husk.
  • Origin – Mediterranean region
  • Most commonly found in – Canada
  • Average weight – 0.1 and 0.36 gram

Pea pods are safe to be given to rabbits as long as they are not eating them in lieu of hay. You should also wait until your rabbit is at least 7 months old before you give them one because it is high in sugar.

Also, if this is the first time you’re giving pea pods to your rabbit, take it slow and only give them in small quantities. This would ensure that your rabbit’s gut flora has time to get used to the new food and prevent any digestive problems.

Finally, pea pods are high in sugar, so you should limit them and prioritize other vegetables that are more beneficial to your rabbit’s health.

You can mix in a bit of pea pods to your rabbit’s vegetable mix if you really want to give them some.

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

Do rabbits like to eat pea pods?

Because of the sugar content of pea pods, your rabbit will likely gobble up any pea pods you give them.

Here’s a video of a bunch of rabbits eating a bowl of pea pods:

Several people from rabbit communities have also reported that their rabbits love eating pea pods.

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

My bunny loves peas and the pea shoots. I cut off a section with some peas attached and she loves it

Bluebell’s Mum

We give ours pea pods and it makes them bonkers. Must be too much sugar, they don’t have any other sugary treats. So, unless you want to spend the evening yelling at them for ripping up the carpets then not too much!

lemonhead

Mine love the pods,i do remove the peas though first

Becca

My boys love pea pods, its one of their faves

lucyj 

I’ve also personally fed pea pods to my two rabbits (Tyr and Freya), they always go crazy when I given them some!

Are pea pods safe to be eaten by rabbits?

Pea pods are safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as you only give them in moderation. Remember, vegetables like pea pods should only account for 10% of your rabbit’s diet.

The majority of your rabbit’s diet should be hay (fiber). Without the constant fiber in your rabbit’s gut, they are susceptible to digestive problems like GI stasis and diarrhea.

Also, young rabbits (> 12 weeks old) should not eat vegetables. In the case of pea pods, you should probably wait until your rabbit is at least 7 months old before giving them one because they are high in sugar.

What are the benefits of feeding pea pods to rabbits?

In order to know the benefits of pea pods for your rabbit’s health, you should first understand the required vitamins and minerals that a rabbit needs per day.

You can use the nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits. This calculator would tell you what nutrients your rabbit is getting whenever you feed them pea pods.

You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to see its benefits and deficiency:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits