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Image x-conference/x-cooltalk Flaked rice
Rice is an unusual ingredient of muesli mixes but is sometimes included. It is high in carbohydrate, low in fibre and deficient in calcium.
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Image Kale (265g)
Kale sometimes has a bad reputation for rabbits because of its calcium content (approximately 1.3%). However it is 85% water, which means that a rabbit can eat a lot of it without eating a lot of calcium. This picture shows 265g kale, which is the amount that would provide 500mg. It is more than most rabbits would eat in a day. A typical bag of kale from the supermarket contains 200g. A big bag contains 400g.
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Image text/texmacs Pellets
All muesli mixes contain pellets. These are composed of ingredients that have been ground down and compressed. The exact composition of the pellets in muesli mixes is not given. They are often a variety of sizes and colours. Pellets are cheaper to produce than extrusions. A vitamin and mineral supplement is necessary for muesli mixes in order to balance out the deficiencies in the ingredients. As the supplement is a powder, it is usually incorporated into the pellets. The pellets are the least palatable part of the mixture and is often left in the bottom of the bowl, complete with the vitamin and mineral supplement.
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Image ODS spreadsheet Locust bean pods
The whole locust bean pod is several inches long. It is hard and dry and contains several hard seeds that are used in the food industry. Crushed pieces of the pod used to be a common component of muesli mixes but the seeds sometimes made their way into the mixture as well. There were several fatalities in rabbits that swallowed the seeds and died from intestinal obstruction so the leading manufacturers withdraw locust beans from their mixtures.
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Image Crossed muesli mix
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Image C header Spinach 630g
Although spinach is rich in calcium, it is also mostly water. A rabbit would have to eat about 630g i.e 2-3 bags of spinach from the supermarket to ingest 500mg calcium.
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Image Troff document Supreme Stickle Treat
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Image Spring cabbage (150g)
Although spring cabbage is rich in calcium, it also has a high moisture content. A rabbit would need to eat about 150g to meet the recommended daily allowance of 500g calcium. Most supermarket bags contain 500g spring greens.
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Image text/texmacs Eating freshly picked plants
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Image Watercress (11 bags)
Watercress is often considered to be a high calcium food. The calcium content is 1.2% but 95% of watercress is water. so a rabbit would have to eat approximately 830g to to ingest the recommended daily allowance of 500g. This equates to just 11 bags of watercress from the supermarket.
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