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Old 11-07-2011, 05:48 AM   #1
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I’ve heard that cilantro is good for rabbits, I’m just wondering why? My rabbits get unlimited Timothy hay, ¼ cup of pellets (oxbow) and four different kinds of leafy greens a day. I don’t mind feeding it to them; I’m just wondering if they actually NEED it. And how much a day?

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Old 11-07-2011, 06:17 AM   #2
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They dont need it however...

Cilantro seems to be a favourite for most bunnys, they go nuts for it!!
Its a very healthy herb!
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cilantro.html
It helps reduce inflamation, cleans up the blood, helps to prevent UTI's, helps the digestive tract both with enzymes and reducing gas, which is important for bunnys, making it even more useful especially for a bun going into stasis or who has tummy issues.

The list of why Cilantro is so amazing just goes on forever, plus buns love the stuff so why not feed it

http://www.indepthinfo.com/cilantro/health.shtml
http://factoidz.com/coriander-cilantro-health-benefits-of-coriander/
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/13-health-benefits-of-coriander-seeds-and-cilantro-leaves.html



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Like anything else, introduce it slowly.

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Stew loves cilantro and parsley. So much so that when she's in the yard, she parks her body in the middle of the patch in our garden and sits like a queen surveying her kingdom. So much for using it in our food. Neither bunny has had messy poops like with kale and too much other greens. They sure run to enjoy it.

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All I know about it is that it is our bunnies favorite--they all like it.

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I didnt know it was so good for bunnies! I just feed it because theres always some at my house and Bonkers loves it! Is parsley just as good for them too?

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Im not too familiar with the good properties of parsley but I've heard it can be high in calcium which isnt a very good thing for bunnys. So just dont give lots of it.
Might as well stick with Cilantro

When my turdlets were little I would go through 2 large bunches of Cilantro per week, I would imagine at 4lbs each now, 3 bunches/week sounds about right... if that helps you at all for ammount fed. This was ofcoarse with a whole whack of other leafy greens.

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Ohh ok, thats very good to know about parsley!
Bonkers salad consists of romaine, cilantro, parsley (which im going to reduce now!) and sometimes chard (if my mom cooks with it hehe). My mother is mexican, so she always has all kinds of herbs in the house to cook with. She recently brought home a dry hibiscus flower named "jamaica" (like the country) that we use to make a drink (agua fresca, it means fresh water). I read that bunnies can eat hibiscus flowers so I gave Bonkers a tiny bit to try and he loved it! I would like to top his salad with it sometimes but I havent because Im not really sure if its safe for him. Does anybody know about it?

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Thanks, everyone for your help. One of rabbits LOVES it, we actually play a game with it. I'll hand it to her and I need to get her another piece before the other one is gone. She will get very upset with me if we don't play or if I run out of it. But my other rabbits doesn't like it too much, but she eats it. So I will continue to feed it to both of them.

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Aw, everytime I buy cilantro it rots in the fridge. I HATE the smell and Acacia never really liked it. However, I had a stint once where I was growing cilantro! I love growing herbs! Maybe I'll try again. Currently I only have marjoram ^.^



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