Can Rabbits eat Chives?

Chives are the smallest species of the edible onion genus and is a perennial plant, native to Europe, Asia and North America.

They are found in grocery stores and supermarkets all across the world and also grown in domestic home gardens. They are often used in cooking where the scapes and flowerbuds are diced and used in many different dishes.

So can rabbits eat chives at all?

Lets take a look at the nutritional data and find out more about them. In particular, the sodium, calcium, sugar, phosphorus, sodium, fibre, and fat content are of particular interest as far as bunnies are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
4.35 g
Sugars 1.85 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Fat 0.73 g
Protein 3.27 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin (27%)218 μg
(24%)2612 μg
323 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%)0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%)0.115 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.647 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%)0.324 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%)0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (26%)105 μg
Vitamin C (70%)58.1 mg
Vitamin E (1%)0.21 mg
Vitamin K (203%)212.7 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (9%)92 mg
Iron (12%)1.6 mg
Magnesium (12%)42 mg
Manganese (18%)0.373 mg
Phosphorus (8%)58 mg
Potassium (6%)296 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see chives contains quite a lot of phosphorus, a lot of calcium, are a little acidic and and contain a hint of fat and fibre.

This means that rabbits cannot eat a lot of chives. Eating small amounts on a weekly basis at the most is quite enough for them, due to their calcium and phosphorus content.

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