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Old 01-22-2008, 01:11 AM   #1
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I'm just wondering if rabbits can eat bird seed? Because I need some sunflower seeds for my rabbits and I have bird seed with un-salted sunflower seeds in it. Could my rabbits eat it?



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Old 01-22-2008, 01:48 AM   #2
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Sunflower feeds are really fattening though... We had a woman turn in her overweight rabbit who nearly died because all she fed him was sun flower seeds O_O

I think I heard somewhere that black oil sunflower seeds are better though.



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Yeah, but this post is pretty much useless now because my mom bought a bag Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. So I'm all good now. So Black Oil Sunflower Seeds aren't fattening?

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That I don't know.. I'll do some research!

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This is where I read about Black Oil Sunflower Seeds here...

This post is from Carolyn:

In the winter, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds to warm them. It acts as a'hot food' when they eat it. I fed that to the wild rabbits this pastwinter because it was so bitterly cold and we had so much snow. Myinside rabbits don't need it because the temperature remains at 70.

Link: http://www.rabbitsonline.net/view_topic.php?id=1921&forum_id=1&highlight=black+ oil+sunflower+seeds

About the fattening ratio, I couldn't find much. Let's see what other RO members say..

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Old 01-22-2008, 02:00 AM   #6
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Yes, they are fattening but they can be fed in moderation to help them keep warm during the cold months.

How big are your bunnies?

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Wait... why are you feeding your bun sunflower seeds at all? Is your rabbit an outdoor bun or indoor?

You really do not need to give your rabbit sunflower seeds if they are indoors, and shouldn't as it's high in fat and only a treat food if anything - it should be kept to a bare minimum.

Rabbits should have a low fat diet as they don't really burn that much fat and store a lot of it - resulting in a tubby and unhealthy bunny.

I would suggest using something like fresh fruit as a treat and stay away from all seeds and nuts in general.



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Edit - I see we all posted a tthe same time. hehe

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And.. FallingStar, I just read that your guys are outdoor buns, so my post is more geared to those who have indoor buns and want to feed sunflower seeds..



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Ok, Thanks HoneyPot. That helps a little.


And Bo B Bunny they are about only a couple pounds and are around 4 months old. They are about the length of a shoe box.

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You don't want to replace their feed with those, but give them those in addition - just a bit. I am not sure but I wouldn't give them much more than say 1 tsp to start and see how they do.

I'll look around and maybe someone else with outdoor buns can help with amount.



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