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Image Puffed wheat
This component of one brand of muesli mix looks like (and probably is) breakfast cereal.
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Image Troff document Dried carrot
Dried pieces of carrot can be found in some brands of muesli mix. It is hard to understand why it is preferable to give rabbits dried carrot when fresh carrot is cheap and widely available. Some people worry that the sugar content of carrots may cause digestive upsets. This does not happen although carrots are low in calcium and high in soluble fibre so they are fattening.
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Image application/x-internet-signup Whole grains
Whole grains are often included in muesli mixes. Because of the fibrous shell, the addition of whole grain increases the overall fibre content of the mixture so the analysis on the side of the packet looks good. This is misleading as rabbits seldom eat the grain and if they do, they leave the shell in the bottom of the bowl.
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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 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.
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Image Extrusions
'Extrusions' are a cooked biscuit component of muesli mixes. The ingredients and analysis of these extrusions is not known and probably varies between brands of muesli mix. They can be different sizes and shapes because the uncooked mixture is squeezed through a dye before it is cooked Some companies add food colourings so the pieces are brightly coloured, which may increase the visual appeal of the mix to owners.
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Image ODS spreadsheet Crushed pieces of locust bean pods.
Locust beans are the pods of the mediterranean carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua). The pods are hard, fibrous and taste sweet with a chocolate flavour. Crushed pods are sometimes found in muesli mixtures . They are not harmful but their seeds might be as they can be the right size to cause a fatal intestinal obstruction.
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Image ECMAScript program Muesli with less flakes
This brand of muesli mix has a lot of extrusions in it but also contains a lot of flaked maize and peas. These are the palatable components that are deficient in calcium. The content and analysis if the extrusions is not supplied by the manufacturer. Whole wheat kernels have been added to the mixture and will increase the fibre analysis because of the husk. However, most rabbits leave wheat kernels uneaten.
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Image Flaked maize
Flaked pieces of sweetcorn (maize) are VERY palatble for rabbits. They are starchy and sweet so they are fattening. They are very low in calcium 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.
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Image Locust bean seeds
The seeds that are inside locust beans are dry and hard. They can be large enough to obstruct the small intestine of any rabbit that swallows them with fatal consequences. Although the seeds should not be in muesli mixes, sometimes they make their way in if they are still in pieces of locust bean pods. These seeds are dangerous for rabbits.
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