The “Hay & Veggies” diet for your rabbits

July 14, 2015

Did you know about the “Hay & Veggies” diet?

Offer an unlimited amount of fresh grass, grass hay and weeds to your rabbit.

The “Hay and Veggies” diet consists of lots of hay, fresh grass, weeds and fibrous grasses, plus a large and varied selection of greens and vegetables every single day.  This is undoubtedly the most natural way to feed your bunny and is highly recommended.

  • Examples of green foods (offer in large quantities)
  • Broccoli (leaves and top)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Celery (leaves are good)
  • Dandelion greens (and flower)
  • Herbs
  • Swiss chard (any colour)
  • Leafy green lettuce (NOT iceberg)
  • Parsley
  • Carrot/Beet Tops
  • Water cress
  • Baby greens

Go with the seasons and offer a large variety of vegetables – especially leafy green items.  Do not be tempted to offer only the favourite veggies!

Follow the same guidelines as listed for selecting and using green foods with the exception of the amount.  Only offer a small amount (up to a handful) of any combination of the foods below.  You will note that these are mostly fruits:

  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Peach
  • Capsicum
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Pear
  • Blueberries
  • Apple
  • Peas in the pod
  • Melon
  • Mango
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries

Edible flowers from the garden such as roses, nasturtiums, day lilies, pansies and snap dragons.  We do NOT recommend feeding bananas and grapes as some bunnies become addicted to these foods!  Avocado is best NOT fed at all as some toxicities have been reported.

Forbidden Food for Rabbits

Never feed any commercial rabbit treats or high carbohydrate snacks that include those found in the following list;

  • Dried Beans
  • Cereals
  • Breads
  • Oats
  • Seeds
  • Refined Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Dried Corn
  • Cake
  • Nuts
  • Dried Peas
  • Wheat…….or any other grains

Peter Gaunt