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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 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 Components of muesli mix
Muesli mixes are composed of the same basic components but in different quantities and some have added ingredients, such as breakfast cereals or corn kernels.
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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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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
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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
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Image Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are not a food item that would normally be available for rabbits to eat. The kernels are high in fat, deficient in vitamin A and calcium with a highly inverse calcium to phosphorus ratio. Although the occasional seed isn't harmful, there is no need to include them in muesli mixes. Some rabbits enjoy the hulls, which have a high fibre content but no other nutritional value.
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Image text/texmacs Rolled oats
Rolled oats are often found in muesli mixes. Like all the other cereals, they are deficient in calcium with an inverse calcium to phosphorus ratio. They are high in starch so rabbits that pick oats from the muesli mix are prone to dental disease and obesity.
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