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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 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 Puffed wheat
This component of one brand of muesli mix looks like (and probably is) breakfast cereal.
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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 application/x-troff-ms Alfalfa stems
Alfalfa (lucerne) is used in many diets for commercial rabbits that are growing or breeding during their short lives. It has a high fibre and calcium content. It is also high in oxalates. In diets for pet rabbits, it may be found in some muesli mixes to balance out the calcium deficient parts of the diet. Not all rabbits eat it, especially those with dental problems that do not have the perfect teeth that are required to cut through the fibrous stems.
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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 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 Dill
Photo by Steve Kirtley. His rabbits really enjoy this herb.
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Image text/texmacs Eating freshly picked plants
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Image Troff document Supreme Stickle Treat
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