Best greens to give bunny?

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  1. Feb 11, 2020 #1

    brynn dokter

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    I’m wondering what everyone’s go to staple veggies are to give their bunny! I want to change up my buns diet and find something healthy for her to have everyday that she enjoys!
     
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    Trixie loves Dandelion Greens. And when I mean loves, she loooovvvvesss it lol. She runs in circles around me when I bring it to her and sometimes I can't even get it out of the bag before she's pawing at me to feed her. She also enjoys cilantro, spring Mix, romaine lettuce, bok ahoy and arugula. I change it up every week. So one week if I give her spring mix, I switch the following week to cilantro, romaine lettuce and arugula. I will eventually give her mint and basil too because we grow it in our garden.

    Here's the list that I reference when I do my grocery shopping:
    https://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/

    Just remember to introduce new greens to your rabbit slowly if they're not in her diet already. By doing that, you'll see if she can tolerate the new veggies.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2020 at 3:03 PM #3

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    Watch the calcium level tho. Remember parsley, dandelion greens, rocket, clover very high in calcium. Too high in calcium, can cause renal failure and death.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2020 at 3:30 PM #4

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    I've been told as long as the vegetables are in rotation and in moderation, it's fine. I feed mine dandelion greens one week, mixed with other veggies such as fennel and cilantro and then its one week off them. Then the next is lettuce, bok choy, and spring greens, and rotate again.
     
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  5. Feb 13, 2020 at 4:30 PM #5

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    Apollo loves romaine lettuce. He gets a small bit of kale about twice a week along side his usual lettuce. We’ve been using regular tesco salad bags at the moment (I know I’m evil!) but that’s just because my local store doesn’t have too much vegetables! But the salad bags usually have four different types of lettuces, so they’re still good. But on lucky days, I make the horrible trudge to a superstore to find nice veggies for him!

    So yeah, the salad bag from tesco is our go-to :p
     
  6. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:31 PM #6

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    Cilantro is the favorite of everyone here. Carrot tops a distant second.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2020 at 6:46 PM #7

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    Whenever available: Grass, lots of it, and all sorts of weeds. Stingy nettles, after letting wilt and half dry. Leaves of willow, ash, roses. Rose blossoms are a treat for mine.
     
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    That sounds great. From my personal experience as an bunny mum and from discussions with my rabbit savvy vet, it can only be after continued high intake of the course of a few weeks or other signs like urine turning white. This excludes young rabbits (up to about a year) and pregnant rabbits, who need higher calcium intake intake.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:21 AM #9

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    Whew, and here I had a minor panic attack when I read your response. I’m still a new rabbit mum myself, but thankfully her urine has been normal.
     
  10. Feb 15, 2020 at 4:17 AM #10

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    Sorry didn't mean to scare you. ♥ it is just a good reminder for all us rabbit parents to remember. But also remember it does take time....to build up. I learned the hard way. Had an old rabbit with bladder sludge with very white urine. Lots of vet expenses. She pulled through it, only to have bad respiratory tract infections on a off for the remaining 1.5 years of her life and me having to let her go.
     
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    That’s so heartbreaking, I’m so sorry to hear that happen to you. ☹️

    Trixie came into my life unexpectedly and so I did so much Googling on how to care for a rabbit (mainly from HRS’s site) and just been winging it the best way I know how.
     

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