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Image JPEG image Rose leaves
Rose leaves, especially from shrub roses are enjoyed by rabbits. It always worth offering prunings to rabbits. Rose leaves can be useful in late autumn when other plants are scarce.
Located in Media / / DIET / HOME GROWN
Image JPEG image Perennial kale (Taunton Deane)
Perennial kale is my favourite plant to grow for rabbits. A few leaves can be picked at a time, so there is a constant supply of palatable food. The plant is easy to grow and propagate, prolific, disease and pest resistant as well as providing fresh leaves in the winter. Rabbits love it. There are several varieties. Taunton Deane is illustrated. This variety can grow up to two metres tall and last for several years. The plant that is illustrated is a from a cutting that was taken a few months earlier.
Located in Media / / DIET / HOME GROWN
Image Typical muesli mix
This mix contains brightly coloured extrusions, pellets, flaked cereals and alfalfa. It is typical of a muesli mix from which a rabbit can select its favourite ingredients and eat an unbalanced diet
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image ECMAScript program Muesli mix with lots of flakes
This brand of muesli has a few pellets and extruded nuggets and is mainly composed of flaked cereals. This mixture is very likely to induce dental disease and obesity.
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Image ECMAScript program Muesli with less flakes
This brand of muesli mix contains a lot of extrusions but also contains flaked maize and peas. These components are palatable but severely deficient in calcium. Whole wheat kernels have been added to the mixture and will increase the fibre content because of the husk. However, most rabbits do not eat the wheat kernels and select the flaked maize and peas instead. Although the analysis of the whole mixture may be acceptable, a rabbit that selects these ingredients will be eating an unbalanced diet.
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image Muesli mix with few flakes and lots of pellets and extrusions
The manufacturers of this brand of muesli mix state that it is high in fibre. It's fibre content will be increased by the stems of alfalfa and the husks of the sunflower seeds and grain. There are few flakes in the mixture which is mostly made up of pellets and extrusions. Theoretically, rabbits on this type of muesli mix are less likely to develop problems than the mixtures that contain a lot of flaked maize, peas and oats
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image Components of muesli mix
Muesli mixes tend to be composed of the same basic components (extrusions, flaked cereals, whole wheat and pellets) but in different quantities. Added ingredients, such as breakfast cereals may be added.
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image Flaked maize
Flaked pieces of sweetcorn (maize) are VERY palatable for rabbits. They are starchy and sweet, so they are fattening. The calcium content is very low with a highly inverse calcium to phosphorus ratio. The fibre content is low. Flaked maize is junk food for rabbits. They really enjoy eating it, but it contributes to obesity and dental disease.
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image Sweetcorn kernels
These are hard dry kernels from sweet corn. They are not suitable for feeding to rabbits. Not only are they deficient in calcium but some of them are the right size and shape to obstruct the small intestine. They may be swallowed whole because they are so hard.
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES
Image Flaked peas
Flaked peas are a firm favourite with rabbits despite their low calcium content. They also contain sugar and starch. In moderation, they are not harmful. If the rabbit picks them out of the mixture and eats a lot of flaked peas, it will be eating a very unbalanced, calcium and fibre deficient, fattening diet.
Located in Media / / COMMERCIAL DIETS / MUESLI MIXES