Can Rabbits eat Peas?

Peas are a type of legume and grow inside long, plump pods. They are best eaten by humans once they are just picked as their sugars start to turn to starch shortly after they are picked. They are fresh peas as opposed to frozen peas which are frozen and then cooked.

So can rabbits eat peas at all? Im talking about the fresh kind.

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As per usual in order to find out specifically, lets take a look at the nutritional data.

In particular we are interested in the sugar, fat, acidic, phosphorus, fibre, and calcium content

Energy 339 kJ (81 kcal)
14.45 g
Sugars 5.67 g
Dietary fiber 5.1 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 5.42 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 449 μg
2477 μg
Thiamine (B1) (23%) 0.266 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.132 mg
Niacin (B3) (14%) 2.09 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.169 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 65 μg
Vitamin C (48%) 40 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.13 mg
Vitamin K (24%) 24.8 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%) 25 mg
Iron (11%) 1.47 mg
Magnesium (9%) 33 mg
Manganese (20%) 0.41 mg
Phosphorus (15%) 108 mg
Potassium (5%) 244 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (13%

source wikipedia

As you can see peas have a lot of phosphorus in them, have a hint of calcium, have a lot of fibre and sugar in them. This makes them pretty bad for rabbits to eat.

If they do happen to eat a fresh pea then they should be fine but they should not be fed purposely to rabbits.

This is the same with cooked or frozen peas.

They are even worse for rabbits as they cant eat any kind of cooked foods.

So keep peas off the menu for bunnies.

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