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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 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 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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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 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 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 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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