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Vegetables — The Joy of Rabbits’ Diets
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Vegetables Quantities

The quantity of vegetables offered daily should be limited to assure the rabbit eats plenty of hay. The quantity should be twice the size of the rabbit’s head, if you were to chop the vegetables coarsely and gather them snuggly (but not squeezed tightly) into your hands.

Don’t chop the vegetables though. Rabbits prefer whole pieces they can “chop” themselves. The following table may also help you judge the quantity of vegetables to give your rabbit

Weight Sample Breed Chopped Veggies
Loosely Packed
3 to 4 lbs Netherland Dwarf ¾ cup
4 to 5 lbs Holland Lop 1 cup
5 to 6 lbs Mini Lop 1¼ cups
6 to 8 lbs Rex 1¾ cups
8 to 11 lbs New Zealand 2 cups
11 to 14 lbs Flemish Giant 2¼ cups
Vegetables Rabbits Can and SHOULD Have

Although bladders stones are believed to be primarily a metabolic problem, as opposed to a dietary one, a wide variety of vegetables can help minimize the probability of rabbits developing them.

Drench the vegetables with water and serve them very wet to increase your rabbits’ fluid intake, which also reduces their chances of developing bladder stones. Include a vegetable high in vitamin A every day.

Vegetable Comment Vegetable Comment
  Alfalfa *Kale
  Arugula   Mint
  Basil   Mustard Greens
*Beet Greens *Parsley
  Bok Choy *Snow Peas If peas aren’t completely flat, don’t give to rabbits.
*Carrots   Pea Plant Leaves NOT the peas!
*Carrot Tops   Peppermint Leaves
  Celery Cut into 1” pieces. Long strings swallowed whole can cause serious problems.   Raddichio
  Cilantro   Radish Tops
  Clover   Raspberry Leaves
  Collard Greens *Romaine Or any red or dark green leafy lettuce, but NEVER iceberg (head) lettuce.
  (greens & flowers)
  Escarole   Swiss Chard
*Bell Peppers   Turnips and Tops
* Denotes vegetables high in Vitamin A

Vegetables Which May Cause Gas and Bloating if Given in Large Quantities
but are excellent source of nutrients and should be included in your rabbit's diet

Vegetables to Avoid Giving to Rabbits

Dried Beans
Raw Beans such as Lima, Kidney, and Soy
Rhubarb Leaves
Rich in compounds which destroy nutrients
Bamboo Shoots
Bracken Fern
Coffee Plants
Lima Beans
Sweet Potatoes
Tea Leaves
High in starches which can cause severe digestive upsets, gas, and bloating, which can be deadly
Cooked protein-rich beans of any kind
Dried Corn
Dried Peas
Grains other than as described above
Potatoes (even the peel)
Raw protein-rich beans of any kind
Sweet Peas
Whole Kernel Corn of any kind (fresh, frozen, or canned - even the husks around the kernels can cause impaction)
Whole Seeds
Has no nutritional value
Iceberg Lettuce

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