can rabbits eat fresh corn

Can Rabbits Eat Fresh Corn on the Cob?

Otherwise known as sweet corn, sugar corn, or pole corn, fresh corn is a variety of maize that has a high sugar content.

It is mostly eaten boiled, but can also be baked or fried and is used in various culinary dishes around the world.

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So can rabbits eat fresh corn on the cob at all, and if they can how much of them can be eaten?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them. In particular, their acidic, phosphorus, sugar, fat, fiber, and water content is of interest as far as rabbits are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18.7 g
Starch 5.7 g
Sugars 6.26 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat
1.35 g
Protein
3.27 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g
Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(1%) 9 μg
644 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.155 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.055 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.77 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(14%) 0.717 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.093 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.8 mg
Minerals
Iron (4%) 0.52 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.163 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 89 mg
Potassium (6%) 270 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.46 mg
Other constituents
Water 75.96 g

As you can see corn on the cob contains quite a lot of water, acidic content, as well as sugar.

This means that unfortunately rabbits cant eat fresh corn at all.

They are just too sugary and gassy for rabbits to handle.

So unfortunately, they are a food to avoid giving to rabbits and look to feed them another type of veggie.

2 thoughts on “Can Rabbits Eat Fresh Corn on the Cob?

  1. Can they chew on the cob, once the corn has been removed? I grilled some corn, and removed it from the cob with a knife, and then let my bunny have the cob to chew on. He loves it, and has left my baseboards alone since having this new chew toy, but I don’t want to give him anything harmful.

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