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Dietary Recommendations

by Sandi Ackerman

.A rabbit's diet should be made up of good quality pellets, fresh hay, (alfalfa, timothy or oat), water, and fresh vegetables. Anything beyond that is a "treat" and should be given in limited quantities.

Pellets should be fresh, and should be relatively high in fiber (18% minimum fiber). Do not purchase more than 6 weeks worth of feed at a time, as it will become spoiled. Pellets should make up less of a rabbit's diet as he or she grows older, and hay should be available 24 hours a day.

When shopping for vegetables, look for a selection of different veggies. Look for both dark leafy veggies and root vegetables, and try to get different colors. Stay away from beans, corn, peas, and rhubarb.

Hay is essential to a rabbit's good health, providing roughage which reduces the danger of hairballs and other blockages. Apple tree twigs also provide good roughage, just be sure to let them dry for three months before given them to your bunny.

Good Veggies for Bunnies

alfalfa sprouts basil beet greens (tops)
bok choy broccoli
(mostly leaves/stems)
brussels sprouts
carrots and carrot tops celery
(chop in small pieces)
clover, clover sprouts collard greens dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides)
endive escarole green peppers
mint parsley pea pods
(the flat edible kind)
peppermint leaves radicchio radish sprouts, tops
raspberry leaves romaine lettuce
(no iceberg or light colored leaf lettuce)
wheat grass


Veggies to Give Occasionally

Kale Mustard Greens Spinach Swiss chard


Special Treats

 apple  bananas  blueberries cranberries (dried)
 grapes  melon  orange  papaya
 peach  pear  pineapple  plums
 raspberries  strawberries    


Babies and "teenagers"

Young Adults (7 months to 1 year)

Mature Adults (1-5 years)

Senior Rabbits (over 6 years)

last updated october 10, 2010