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can rabbits eat amaranth

Can Rabbits Eat Amaranth?

Amaranth is a collection fo annual or short-lived perennial plants. They are also known as Amaranthus and some species of amaranth are cultivated as cereals, ornamental plants, and leaf vegetables. Most species are summer weeds are are often referred to as pigweed. There are around 60 species of amaranth that are recognised.

The leaves or greens that come from amaranth are a common leaf vegetable eaten throughout the tropics in many different warm and more temperate weather countries.

So can rabbits eat amaranth and if they can, how much of it can be eaten?

Taking a look at its nutritional data will give us a better idea of what it contains.

In particular, its starch, sugar, calcium, phosophorus an fat content is of particular interest as far as rabbits are concerned.

Amaranth, uncooked
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,554 kJ (371 kcal)
Carbohydrates 65.25 g
– Starch 57.27 g
– Sugars 1.69 g
– Dietary fiber 6.7 g
Fat 7.02 g
– saturated 1.459 g
– monounsaturated 1.685 g
– polyunsaturated 2.778 g
Protein 13.56 g
– Tryptophan 0.181 g
– Threonine 0.558 g
– Isoleucine 0.582 g
– Leucine 0.879 g
– Lysine 0.747 g
– Methionine 0.226 g
– Cystine 0.191 g
– Phenylalanine 0.542 g
– Tyrosine 0.329 g
– Valine 0.679 g
– Arginine 1.060 g
– Histidine 0.389 g
– Alanine 0.799 g
– Aspartic acid 1.261 g
– Glutamic acid 2.259 g
– Glycine 1.636 g
– Proline 0.698 g
– Serine 1.148 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.116 mg (10%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.2 mg (17%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.923 mg (6%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 1.457 mg (29%)
Vitamin B6 0.591 mg (45%)
Folate (vit. B9) 82 μg (21%)
Vitamin C 4.2 mg (5%)
Vitamin E 1.19 mg (8%)
Calcium 159 mg (16%)
Iron 7.61 mg (59%)
Magnesium 248 mg (70%)
Manganese 3.333 mg (159%)
Phosphorus 557 mg (80%)
Potassium 508 mg (11%)
Sodium 4 mg (0%)
Zinc 2.87 mg (30%)

Source Wikipedia

As you can see Amaranth contains quite a lot of starch, calcium and a huge amount of phosphorus. It is also interesting to note that it is high in proteins and acidic content.

This means that it is pretty bad for bunnies to eat because of this.

So do steer clear of feeding it to them.

If they happen to have small amounts of it, they wil be fine. But do not feed it to them on an ongoing basis. There are far better foods for them to enjoy

Originally posted 2014-10-11 19:18:05.

can rabbits eat alfalfa hay

Can Rabbits eat Alfalfa Hay?

When it comes to feeding your rabbits hay it can be quite confusing as to which one is the best type of hay.

There different types of hay available such as Timothy Hay, Meadow Hay, and Alfalfa Hay which are available for rabbits to eat.

So can rabbits eat alfalfa hay at all and is it any good for them?

Firstly, lets look at what Alfalfa Hay is…

Alfalfa is a legume hay which is also called ‘lucerne’ It is known as a very good source of fiber, calcium and protein and is also known as being more palatable than grass hays like Timothy and Meadow Hay. It is often a recommended source of vitamins and minerals and is also high in energy.

When it is cured properly, it is the best of the legume hays because of the amount of nutrients it contains and has the most feed value of all perennial pasture forages.

It is used for beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys, horses, dairy cows and other farm animals to feed from.

It is often giving to young growing animals, breeding animals and animals that need extra energy supplement such as working horses.

Source Anderson Hay

So yes rabbits can eat alfalfa hay, however they can’t have much of it compared to other types of hay such as meadow hay and Timothy hay.

Why Alfafa hay isn’t good for adult rabbits

The thing with alfalfa hay is that it is high in calcium and protein which rabbits can eat but not in large amounts. Alfalfa hay is a legume hay where as timothy hay and meadow hay are grass hay’s.

This means they can’t eat large amounts of alfalfa hay due to its contents. A small amount will aid a rabbits digestion, but don’t give them too much.

What are the best types of hay for rabbits?

If you are looking for a hay for them to eat all of the time, then meadow hay of timothy hay are much better for them. This is because they are grass hays and are high in fiber which rabbits need.

The more cheaper of the two is meadow hay rather than timothy hay. However, they will enjoy Timothy hay that much more.

Image: WIkipedia

When is it good for rabbits to eat alfalfa hay?

However, alfalfa hay is much better for younger rabbits, newborn rabbits, pregnant or rabbits that are nursing not to mention older more infirm rabbits, rather than adult rabbits.

The reason for this is that the higher calorie content of alfalfa hay gives those types of rabbit at their particular life stage the nutrients that they are lacking at that particular time.

So do take care what you feed your rabbit and if in any doubt seek the advice of your vet.

Alfalfa hay can be of great benefit for them if they need the nutrients that they contain, but for adult rabbits, too much can harm them.

Originally posted 2014-10-10 23:48:55.

can rabbits eat broccoli

Can Rabbits eat Broccoli?

Broccoli is a brassica and much like cabbage and cauliflower is occasionally known by its Italian name which is calebrese.

It is a vegetable that has tight clusters of green buds with thick and edible stems.

It is best purchased from the end of July to the end of October when it is in season.

Image wikipedia

The best types of broccoli are firm bright green and undamaged heads with firm stalks. It is often wrapped in cellophane as broccoli deteriorates the more it has contact with the air.

So can rabbits eat broccoli at all?

Lets take a look and find out more by checking out its nutritional data.

In particular its sugar, starch, fat, calcium, acidic and salt content is of particular interest as rabbits are concerned as they are nutrients that are not good for them.

Total Fat 0.4 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 33 mg 1%
Potassium 316 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 2.6 g 10%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 2.8 g 5%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 148%
Calcium 4%
Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 5%

*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
FeedbackSources include: USDA

As you can see broccoli has no fat, is low in sugar, it is not acidic, has a little calcium.

It is super rich in potassium which is great for bunnies.

In fact it is something that they need on a regular basis and can suffer a potassium deficiency if they don’t eat it on a regular basis.

However the one thing that let’s broccoli down is that it does cause gas for the rabbit.

This is something that can effect rabbits really badly if they eat too much of it.

This means they can’t eat too much of it otherwise this causes them to get stomach ache.

So by feeding broccoli to your rabbit on a once or twice weekly basis in small amounts is fine for rabbits.

Can rabbits eat broccoli leaves?

So if rabbits can eat broccoli, what about broccoli leaves which are found on the flowers?

The great thing about broccoli leaves, is that they do not give rabbits gas unlike broccoli itself.

So they are great to give it bunnies on a consistent basis and your rabbits will just love them.

Can rabbits eat broccoli stems?

Yes they are fine as well for rabbits.

However, just like broccoli itself, feed them once or twice weekly basis in small amounts.

Can rabbits eat cooked broccoli?

Unfortunately rabbits are unable to eat cooked foods at all. Feed them raw broccoli, it is far better for them and they will enjoy it a whole lot more.

Can baby rabbits eat broccoli?

Unfortunately they can’t at all. They need a diet which is particular to their needs and their stomachs aren’t fully developed enough to be able to handle it. So keep it away from baby rabbits under six months.

Originally posted 2014-09-20 19:15:57.

can rabbits eat basil

Can Rabbits Eat Basil?

Basil pronounced ‘Bay – zil’ is used a lot in Mediterranean cuisine but is also found in Asian cooking as well. It has a strong, mild smell and flavour and there are three types that are found which are;

  1. Sweet basil that has larger green leaves
  2. Greek basil that has small leaves and a peppery taste
  3. Purple basil that has dark leaves that have a mild flavour

It grows all year round and is best purchased in the summer months when it is in season and can be purchased in packets or in pots from supermarkets or garden centres.

You can also get it freeze dried and in sunflower oil or even in a dried format.

They can either be picked from heir stalks and then scattered whole or torn.

It a great herb that is a big favourite with many around the world.

So we can eat it, can rabbits eat basil, and if they can, how much if it can be eaten?

Let’s take a look by checking out their nutritional data.

In particular we are particularly interested in their starch, sugar, calcium and fat content.

Per 100g

Total Fat 0.6 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Potassium 295 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2.6 g 0%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g 6%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 3.2 g 6%
Vitamin A 105%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 17%
Iron 17%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 16%
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
FeedbackSources include: USDA

Looking at their nutritional data, basil has no fat, a hint of sugar, but where they are not good for rabbits is there calcium content which is not good for them at all.

So rabbits can eat basil but not as often as you would think. There is a temptation because they are leafy greens that they should be a staple for rabbits but really they should only be eaten once or twice a week at the most because of the amount of calcium that they contain. This includes eating the basil stems and basil flowers.

As the house rabbit society says;

Calcium is an important mineral for bone growth and maintenance, nerve and muscle function, and blood clotting. However the minimum daily requirement for calcium of a medium sized rabbit is about 510 milligrams.

This is why any intake of basil leaves should be restricted for bunnies as they will eat the whole lot if you give it to them. Basil just has too much of it for them to be considered a staple food.

Originally posted 2014-09-16 22:51:24.

can rabbits eat apples

Can Rabbits Eat Apples?

Apples are a huge favourite in our home, my daughter is consumes them daily and our fruit bowl is always in need of refreshment with them. So having them around often, it would be good to know whether our rabbit could have them or not.

There are many kinds of different apples that are around that can possibly be eaten and so if they can be eaten it would be useful to know how often they can be consumed.

I knew there was a pretty good chance of him enjoying them as he had nibbled at an apple before .

So can rabbits eat apples?

Rabbits are often seen eating apples so it must be pretty obvious that rabbits can eat apples right?

Let’s take a look by checking out their nutritional data. As per usual we’re in particularly interested in their sugar, starch, fat and acidic content

image source wikipedia

Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 107 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 4%
Dietary fiber 2.4 g 9%
Sugar 10 g
Protein 0.3 g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 1%

Source Google

Yes they can but not as often as you would have thought. As you can see, apples have quite a high sugar content which is really not good for rabbits to eat.

They can eat them once a week at the most in small amounts, but any more than that and their teeth will rot.

Can Rabbits eat un-ripened apples?

It isn’t a great ideas to give a rabbit un-ripened apples as they are particularly sour. They are likely to back away from them.

What about other apple foods such as apple pie or crumble?

Unfortunately they can’t at all, those kinds of desserts are just too sweet for them and they also don’t handle hot food well.

Can rabbits eat apple seeds or pips?

Its not a good idea for rabbits to eat apple seeds as they could well get stuck in your rabbit’s. They also contain a hint of cyanide which could well do a rabbit harm.

No, don’t give guinea pigs apple seeds as they do contain cyanide and will do your guinea pig serious harm.

Can rabbits eat apple skin?

Yes rabbits can eat apple skin without a problem.

Can rabbits eat apple sauce?

A little bit of home-made apple sauce won’t hurt them if you know what is in it, providing there isn’t a lot of sugar. But don’t give them store-purchased apple sauce as it’s full of sugar and preservatives and all other things that aren’t good for them.

Can rabbits eat apple branches?

Apple branches are fantastic for rabbits to eat as they love to gnaw on them.

 

 

 

 

Originally posted 2014-09-12 22:52:05.

can rabbits eat carrots

Can Rabbits Eat Carrots?

It must be absolutely obvious that rabbits can eat carrots?

When it comes to favourite rabbit foods, carrots are pretty much up there.

So  its obvious that it’s not really worth writing a blog post about? Or is it??

Well because we investigate every food there is, et’s take a look at carrots and what they actually contain. Let’s take a look at their nutritional data to find out more about them.

In particular we are interested in their sugar, starch and acidic content which is harmful for bunnies.

Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 69 mg 2%
Potassium 320 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3%
Dietary fiber 2.8 g 11%
Sugar 4.7 g
Protein 0.9 g 1%
Vitamin A 334%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 3%

source google

The surprise is that carrots are very sweet and contain a high amount of sugar.

This mean that unlike bugs bunny, real life rag bouts can’t eat carrots all the time. In facts they can only be eaten once a week at the very most because of heir sweetness. Any more frequently, and they will rot their teeth.

Can Rabbits eat carrot peel?

Yes Carrot skin is fine for rabbits to eat. Just not too much of it.

Can rabbits eat carrot tops?

Yes carrot tops are find for rabbits to eat. If they have been chopped off when preparing food, then it is worth saving them for your rabbit to eat.

Can rabbits eat carrot juice?

Unfortunately, carrot juice is far too sweet for them to drink. Give them water instead, it is far better for them.

Can rabbits eat carrot cake?

It isn’t the best idea to feed rabbits carrot cake as it is very sweet and contains nothing that it is very good for them.

Can guinea pigs eat carrot cake?

It is best not to feed it to them as it is very sweet and there is nothing in it that is good for them. It just isn’t worth feeding it to them.

Originally posted 2014-09-12 22:50:27.

Can Rabbits Eat Pears?

 

 

Pears are a great fruit to eat. They are eaten the world over and are a big favourite of many people.

So can rabbits eat pears at all?

Let’s take a look here at the nutritional data and find out a little more about this fascinating fruit.

As per usual we’re looking in particular at the starch, sugar, and acidic content as this particularly has a detrimental effect on rabbits.

Energy 239 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates
15.23 g
Sugars 9.75 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat
0.14 g
Protein
0.36 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.161 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(1%) 0.049 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.029 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 7 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (5%) 4.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin K (4%) 4.4 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (1%) 0.18 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.048 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 12 mg
Potassium (2%) 116 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 MGM
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg

Source Wikipedia

As you can see pears have quite a high sugar content so it really isn’t the greatest of foods for rabbits to eat. This doesn’t mean they can’t eat it, they just can’t eat a lot of it.

Once a week in small amounts would definitely suffice.

Originally posted 2014-09-12 22:49:01.

Can Rabbits Eat Canned Fruit?

Can need fruit is a desert that is open eaten around the world

So can rabbits eat canned fruit at all?

Unfortunately they can’t.

Although they can eat fruit in small amounts canned fruits have added sweetners and preservatives that are not just good for rabbits to eat.

Originally posted 2014-09-12 22:46:31.

Can Rabbits Eat Fries?

Fries a great food to eat. One of the nest junk foods to have. They are also called chips in the UK.

So can rabbits eat fries at all?

They can’t at all as they really are not good for them

Firstly because rabbits can’t eat cooked food. It really inst good for them and can poison them as well.

Secondly because they can’t eat potatoes as they are very high in starch and so are pretty bad for rabbits.

So it isn’t worth feeding rabbits your fries at all. Definitely a food to keep away from them.

Originally posted 2014-09-12 22:45:28.