Can Rabbits eat Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is a curcurbit which is also known as butternut pumpkin and is a winter squash.

It’s taste is nutty and sweet like that of a pumpkin. It has a yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. As it ripens it turns a deeper orange and gets richer and sweeter.

So can rabbits eat butternut squash and if get can how much of them can be eaten?

In particular their sugar, fat, phosphorous, acidic, fibre, protein and calcium content is particularly of interest.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 188 kJ (45 kcal)
11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
0.1 g
1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(67%)532 μg
(39%)4226 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%)0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%)0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%)1.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%)0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%)0.154 mg
Folate (B9) (7%)27 μg
Vitamin C (25%)21 mg
Vitamin E (10%)1.44 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (5%)48 mg
Iron (5%)0.7 mg
Magnesium (10%)34 mg
Manganese (10%)0.202 mg
Phosphorus (5%)33 mg
Potassium (7%)352 mg
Zinc (2%)0.15 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see butternut squash contains quite a lot of phosphorus and calcium. It is also quite acidic.

This means it is not great for rabbits to eat and can only be eaten in small amounts once a week at the most.

Can rabbits eat butternut squash skin?

Although it is reasonably tough, it is still fine for them to eat

Can rabbits eat butternut squash seeds?

Unfortunately, they cant eat butternut squash seeds. There is too much danger of them being lodged in the rabbit’s throat.

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