Vegetables play a key role in the growth and development of baby rabbits. They basically provide them with essential vitamins and valuable roughage that help to strengthen their bones and increase their muscle mass. So what vegetables can baby rabbits eat?
At 3 months old, other than their main alfalfa hay diet, start feeding your young bunny various vegetables such as beetroot greens, bell papers, bok choy, and Brussel spouts among others in moderation. Doing so will enable their sensitive stomachs to cope with their new diet. This article looks at all the highly nutritious vegetables less likely to cause digestive upset for your kittens.
Beetroot greens are a nutritious diet worth feeding your baby bunny. However, introduce this vegetable moderately since it contains high amounts of oxalic acid. The recommended quantity should be 1 tablespoon per serving once or twice per week.
Another edible vegetable ideal for baby rabbits is bell peppers. Regardless of whether it’s green, red, or yellow, this particular veggie is highly nutritious and healthy for kittens. Bell peppers contain vitamins A, E, and B6. Lastly, before serving your 12-week-old rabbit, ensure that you remove all stems and seeds to prevent any digestive problems.
Bok choy is rich in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A which are essential for the growth and development of young rabbits. In other words, kittens can occasionally eat Bok choy alongside other vegetables. The edible parts of the plant are the leaves and the base. When it comes to quantity, feed your young bunny about a handful of Bok choy twice per week.
Brussel Sprouts are another edible vegetable for baby rabbits. They contain a variety of minerals and vitamins needed for a baby bunny’s growth and development.
Always give your 3-month-old bunny two to three pieces of this veggie per serving twice per week. Also when serving Brussel sprouts, you can mix it up with leafy greens and other veggies on this list.
You can feed 3-month-old rabbits with a carrot including the leaves. However, it’s worth pointing out that carrots are high in sugar, therefore, you should serve your kittens moderately. To be precise feed your baby bunny a quarter piece of a medium-sized carrot per serving twice per week. In other words, carrots should essentially act as snacks or treats.
Celery is another healthy and nutritious vegetable ideal for baby rabbits that are 3 months and above. Although this veggie is rich in minerals and vitamins, excessive intake often leads to digestive problems. It’s therefore advisable to feed your young bunnies with ½ a celery stick with its leaves per serving twice or thrice per week.
Packed with vitamin A, C, E, and K, in addition to minerals such as potassium and manganese, Cilantro is ideal for kittens. The nutrients in this veggie essentially trigger the growth and development of baby rabbits. However, when introducing cilantro, do it gradually and in small quantities since kittens usually have sensitive stomachs.
Clover sprouts are also recommended for young rabbits. Edible parts include the stems, leaves, and flowers. In other words, clover sprouts are ideal for kittens who are 3 months old and in need of leafy greens to supplement their hay diet.
Collard greens are rich in vitamin A and C which play an essential role in the growth and development of baby bunnies. However, due to the high level of calcium, this veggie has, always feed your kittens half a leaf twice per week. For more nutritional value try mixing collard greens with non-leafy vegetables.
Courgette, also known as Zucchini squash is another nutritious edible veggie ideal for your 3-month-old bunny. This particular summer squash is full of vitamins and minerals that a baby rabbit needs to develop healthily. The entire plant from the skin, flower, leaves, and seeds are all safe for young bunny consumption. When it comes to quantity, feed your kittens a ¼ slice per serving twice per week.
A fresh cucumber including the leaves, flowers, and seeds is another edible vegetable for your 3-month-old bunny. Although a cucumber has few nutrients, it normally has a high water content which is recommended for your kittens. The cucumber quantity per serving should be a single slice a few millimeters thick twice or thrice per week.
Dandelion greens contain potassium, iron, and calcium which makes them ideal vegetables for baby rabbits that are at least 12 weeks old. For the first few weeks, gradually introduce dandelion greens to your kittens. Give them around 15 grams per serving twice per week.
Cabbages especially the dark green type are recommended for kittens because of their crunchy texture. They also contain high levels of dietary fiber and high levels of vitamin C, B6, and K. Due to the high amount of sulfurous compounds found in cabbages, feed your kittens moderately. A couple of leaves twice or thrice per week is sufficient when it comes to stomach upsets prevention.
Endive is another vegetable highly nutritious for rabbits that are 12 weeks old. This particular veggie is low on calcium and rich in vitamin K, making it a diet good choice for young rabbits. Although Endive is packed with all the necessary fiber and nutrients, always feed your 3-month-old 1 tablespoon per serving twice or thrice per week. Excessive intake often leads to bladder or kidney problems.
Low on calories and naturally diuretic, parsnips are another favorite vegetable for your 3-month-baby rabbits. This tasty treat is also high on sugar hence the reason why you need to feed your kittens sparingly.1 tablespoon per serving twice or thrice per week mixed with other veggies is the recommended quantity.
Radicchio is another leafy vegetable with fewer calories and lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In other words, this veggie is definitely going to provide your baby bunny with all the energy it needs. In terms of feeding quantity, two tablespoons of radicchio per serving twice or thrice per week are recommended.
12-week-old rabbits have no problem eating radishes mixed with other greens. This particular vegetable is essentially low on calcium and high on starch. The recommended radish quantity to feed your kitten is half a handful per serving twice per week.
Rocket which is also known as arugula is another healthy edible vegetable for a 12-week-old kitten. Although this dark green veggie is low on fiber and protein, it contains high levels of vitamins and minerals. Feed your kittens half a handful of rockets per serving thrice per week.
Tomatoes, preferably ripe red ones are edible and highly nutritious for baby rabbits. They contain vitamin A, B6, and C, making them among the favorite veggies for 3-month-old rabbits. Before feeding your kittens, ensure that you remove all the toxic tomato plant leaves, flowers, stems, and vines. The right quantity to feed 12 weeks old rabbits should be a slice of a medium-sized tomato or a piece of cherry tomato once per week.
When introducing your 3-month baby rabbit to any of the vegetables mentioned above, do so gradually. In addition, due to their delicate digestive system, prior to serving, make sure that all veggies are properly washed. It’s worth pointing out that kittens that are below three months shouldn’t be feed veggies. Instead, they should stick to weaning during the first 6 weeks, and in their 7th and 8th week, feed them pellets and alfalfa before introducing them to veggies and fruits.