Last Updated on July 24, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Radishes:
- Scientific name – Raphanus sativus
- Also known as – Radis, Radies, ramolaccio, and daikon.
- Origin – China
- Most commonly found in – Netherlands, Italy, and China.
- Average weight – 3 lbs
Radish, especially radish tops, are on the list of the safest foods to add to your rabbit’s diet. Just make sure that your rabbit is old enough and is eating its required hay (fiber) for the day.
Problems arise when rabbit owners allow their pets to eat large amounts of radish in lieu of hay.
This lack of fiber is what causes your rabbits to develop digestive distress.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat radishes:
Do rabbits like eating radishes?
It depends on your rabbit’s personality and preference for food.
Each rabbit is unique, with its own likes and dislikes when it comes to food.
Like with my babies (Tyr and Freya), for example, whenever I toss some radish in their bowl, Tyr would just smell it and ignore it.
Freya, on the other hand, would jump on it and eat the whole thing, especially the tops.
Are radishes safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Yes, radish is safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is old enough and is eating enough fiber (hay).
Contrary to popular beliefs where starch and sugar are blamed for causing digestive distress in rabbits, starch and sugar directly causing digestive distress are only observed in young rabbits.
Radishes would only become a risk when rabbit owners fed large amounts of radishes to their rabbits in lieu of hay.
What are the benefits of feeding radishes to rabbits?
In order to determine the benefits of feeding radishes to rabbits, let’s first take a look at their nutritional value compared to the nutritional constraints for rabbits.
You can use this calculator to determine if you are within the safe range when feeding your rabbits.
You can click on the blue icon beside each nutrient to show the benefits and deficiency of each nutrient: