What Vegetables Can I Feed My Rabbit?

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Five young rabbits eating a spinach which is safe for rabbits

Last Updated on October 4, 2021 by Rei

You can feed your rabbits vegetables that have darker leaves like bok choy, brussels sprouts, carrot tops, romaine lettuce, okra leaves, radish tops, endive, escarole, fennel, Spinach, Wheatgrass, and watercress.

Vegetables that you should only be given sparingly are those that are high in starch or water content. Overfeeding these veggies could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more details what vegetables are good for rabbits:

What vegetables are good for rabbits?

A white rabbit eating a variety of vegetables that is safe for rabbits like spinach, bok choy, brussels sprouts, etc..

When it comes to vegetables, the darker the leaves the better. The important thing to remember when incorporating vegetables into your rabbits diet is variety.

Rabbit experts suggest that the best diet for rabbits is the one that closely mimics what they ate in the wild. Wild rabbits have the whole forest full of different vegetables to choose from.

In order for your rabbits to be happy as well as healthy, you should mix in different kinds of veggies into their diet.

But before introducing veggies to young rabbits, you should do it one at a time. This would help you determine if certain vegetables are making your rabbits sick.

Overfeeding a mixture of veggies too fast could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea.

Here are some of the best and healthy alternatives to radish:

How much vegetables should a rabbit eat per day?

While the vegetables that I mentioned above are safe for rabbits, you should still limit the amount you give your rabbits per day. Hay should still account for 80% of your rabbit’s diet.

Feeding your rabbits vegetables in lieu of hay could have detrimental consequences on your rabbit’s digestive health.

Here’s a table to help you decide how much vegetables you should limit giving to your rabbits:

Rabbit’s weight based on breedAllowed vegetables per day
Small breed (1.1–3.5 pounds)<128 grams
Medium breed (6 to 10 pounds)384-640 grams
Large breed ( 9 and 12 pounds)384-760 grams
Source: Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.

What vegetables can be given to rabbits sparingly?

A white rabbit eating a lot of broccoli which is high in starch and should only be given sparingly to rabbits.

Vegetables that are high in starch or water content should be given in small amounts. The reason being, starchy veggies could lead to digestive distress if they are fed in large amount or when your rabbit is not eating enough fiber.

Here are the veggies that should only be given once or twice a week:

What vegetables are bad for rabbits?

A white rabbit eating iceberg lettuce, which should never be fed to rabbits because iceberg lettuce would cause diarrhea to rabbits.

Veggies that are bad for rabbits are those that are outright poisonous and could lead to digestive issues and death even if fed in small amounts.

Here are the vegetables that should not be given to rabbits:

  • Turnip greens
  • Rhubarb
  • Potato
  • Peas
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn

Conclusion

The best vegetables to feed to rabbits are those with darker leaves like bok choy, brussels sprouts, carrot tops, romaine lettuce, okra leaves, radish tops, endive, escarole, fennel, spinach, wheatgrass, and watercress.

Vegetables that are high in starch or water content like kale, spinach, carrots, broccoli, chard, and clover should only be given sparingly or 1-2 times a week. These vegetables could cause digestive distress if fed in large amounts.

And finally, vegetables that should NEVER be fed to rabbits are turnip greens, rhubarb, potato, peas, iceberg lettuce, mustard greens, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, and corn. These vegetables are outright dangerous to rabbits even if it’s only fed in small amounts.

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Sources and further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Lebas, F. The Rabbit: Husbandry, Health, and Production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1997.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.
  • Understanding the Basics of Rabbit Care
  • Basic-Rabbit-Care