Arguing about whether it is possible to give apples to rabbits, you need to take into account a number of important points. The complexity of the situation lies in a large variety of varieties of these very popular fruits that are grown in different conditions and ripen at different times. Strengthen the problem of structural features of the gastrointestinal tract. When eating unsuitable food they suffer from disorders of the digestive system, constipation and blistering, often fatal.
Dietary feeding for rabbits
Rabbits are very gentle animals. In their natural environment, they feed on green and dried grass, young shoots of trees and shrubs. They also eat a variety of vegetables and fruits that can be found in close proximity to their burrow.
Since wild rabbits rarely lived near apple orchards, their bodies are not adapted to the daily eating of this product. Although apples may well become low-calorie fortified supplements, rich in trace elements and biologically active substances.
Like other fruits, apples contain almost no fats, and their moderate consumption does not threaten the rabbit with obesity. The presence of a sufficient amount of easily digestible fructose will allow your pet quickly, though not for long, to get enough. And iron and other trace elements stabilize the work of the organs and systems of his body.
Let's consider whether it is possible to feed rabbits with apples, and how to do it so as not to harm the health of your pets.
Digestive problems are possible.
At once we will say that it is best to give up feeding apples with decorative rabbits. This is due to the low immunity and weakness of the gastrointestinal tract of animals.
The slightest changes in the level of acidity in the digestive tract of ornamental animals can lead to diarrhea, constipation or bloating. And their bodies, as a rule, are not able to cope with such problems on their own.
Apples can be given to rabbits belonging to meat and meat and fur breeds, as they are more hardy. However, certain rules should be followed.
Remember that fruits cannot be a staple. Transferring animals completely to the apple diet will inevitably lead to deterioration in the health of rabbits, inevitable diseases of the digestive system and jaw apparatus. Your pets can lose their appetite for a very short time and die.
To avoid this, apples should be alternated with traditional greens and hay, and also periodically replace them with carrots and zucchini, which are perfectly digestible by the gastrointestinal tract of rabbits.
Apple picking rules
If you have the desire and ability to introduce apples into the rabbit's diet, then this should be done gradually, allowing the intestines of animals to get used to the new product. Absolutely forbidden:
- feed the rabbits with upset stomach apples of early varieties;
- give unripe fruits to animals;
- feed pets damaged during assembly, dried or moldy apples;
- replace them with the basic diet.
Ripe fruits of autumn varieties have a high density and allow the rabbit to grind constantly growing teeth. Such apples can be given to rabbits, and your pets will eat them with great pleasure.
The ideal option is when the rabbit breeder feeds eared apples grown on small farms in the area of their own residence. Fruits are rarely treated with pesticides and have a minimal amount of harmful substances in the composition.
Remember that poisons usually accumulate in the peel, so when apples are given to rabbits, they are surely cut off.
Feeding young apples and nursing rabbits
In our country, farmer apples are a seasonal product that is available in late summer and early autumn. It is this time that is most suitable for feeding rabbits with them.
You can add fruits to the diet of young stock from the 45th day of life. To do this, the animal must be given several pieces of peeled and finely chopped apple.
The animal that has passed on to the use of adult feeds will surely eat them, and the rabbit breeder can only trace how the rabbit's body will perceive the product. If even the slightest signs of indigestion arise, feeding the eared apple with apples should be stopped immediately.
If you are engaged in professional breeding of rabbits, then individuals left for reproduction of offspring in a year can again try to give this product. Most often, the intestines of adult animals digest apples well, and lactating bunnies begin to produce more milk.
Enter into the diet gradually
Feeding an adult animal can begin with one quarter of a medium-sized apple, cut into small lobules. If you are confident in the ecological purity of the product, then the peel from the thoroughly washed fruit can not be removed. Bones and the core also need not be removed, although many breeders do it anyway.
Remember that apples can be only part of the diet of your pets, so try to give them to animals in the morning or afternoon, and in the evening be sure to put hay or fresh greens in a cage.
If there are no visible changes in the health of the rabbit, it is possible to increase the consumption rate to half the fruit per day. But it is best to put a whole apple in a cage every other day, giving the animal the opportunity to gnaw, grinding off his teeth.
Be sure to ensure that the fruits that you give to rabbits, there was no mechanical damage, rotting and mildew. Such fruits are of serious danger and cannot be given to animals.
Green and red apples are equally useful.
Apples are low-calorie foods and do not cause obesity in rabbits. There is no particular difference in what sort it will be. Animals with an appetite eat fruits of any color, although they prefer sweeter red fruits.
The caloric value of 100 g of green fruit is 35 kcal, and red - 47 kcal. These are equally low indicators, allowing not to worry about excessive accumulation of fat by your pets.
If in the pre-slaughter period for a few days to replace them with high-calorie grains, the rabbit meat will become less fat, although it will not significantly change its taste characteristics.
Refrain from purchasing fruit in supermarkets. For long-term storage, such fruits are treated with a large amount of pesticides that can cause irreparable damage to the health of the rabbit.
If you are accustomed to harvest fruit juices for the winter, you can please your pets with apple cake. Squeezed apple pulp is saturated with fiber, vitamins and trace elements. Rabbits eat it with great pleasure.
Apple juice itself, as well as jams and preserves made on the basis of these fruits, is not recommended to be given to animals.
Even the adult rabbit, which previously ate these fruits, every year should be transferred to food apples gradually. This is due to possible changes in his health, as well as age-related disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract.
Read the article "Bananas to the rabbit: can it", where we talk about other fruits.
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