Can Rabbits eat Fennel?

Fennel is a flowering plant that is found in teh celery family. It is a hardy, perennial herb and is naturalised in the Mediterranean but is now found all across the world. It enjoys growing in dry soils close to water areas.

It is quite an aromatic herb full of flavour that is used for culinary and medicinal purposes.

So can rabbits eat fennel at all?

Lets take a look at the nutritional data and find out more, we are especially interested in the calcium, sugar, phosphorus, fibre, fat, sodium and acidic content.

Energy 130 kJ (31 kcal)
7.29 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat 0.20 g
Protein 1.24 g
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.01 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.032 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.64 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.232 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 27 μg
Vitamin C (14%) 12 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (5%) 49 mg
Iron (6%) 0.73 mg
Magnesium (5%) 17 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.191 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 50 mg
Potassium (9%) 414 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see fennel contains quite a bit of calcium, phosphorus, has a hint of fibre and fat. This means that rabbits can eat fennel, but only in small amounts twice to three times a week. Nothing more than that.

They can also eat the bulb and the seeds as well as the tops which is the good thing about fennel.

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