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In the spring in all branches of farming there is a problem with feed, and rabbit breeding is no exception. That is why, seasoned breeders recommend this season to replace rough feed in the form of hay with branches. Such food will be very useful for your pets and more budget for the owner. But it is important to know some nuances: what branches can be given to rabbits and how to feed them correctly? That is what we will discuss later in the article.

Branches in the diet of rabbits

Twisted feed is very useful for eared pets, because in this diet contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Also, this is the best way to grind your teeth off to rodents. Rabbits are eaten by a wide variety of trees, for example: alder, birch, apple, apricot. The branches of willow and aspen contain substances that inhibit the reproduction of microbes in the body. That is, it is also an additional prevention of pets from diseases.

In addition to other advantages, this feed also affects the overall mood of the rabbit. Shoots normalize gastrointestinal peristalsis, with the result that all other body systems work better. Rabbits become more agile, which affects their behavior. In addition, branches in the eared diet prevent diarrhea, which often occurs when eating green fodder alone.

But in addition to the benefits for animals, for the farmer there are also another advantages. First of all, this kind of food gets almost nothing, you can break the branches in your garden. Secondly, rabbits will not spoil the inventory, that is, instead of cages and other accessories, the animals will gnaw branches.

To prepare such feed for the winter begins in late June and ends in early July. At this time, the leaves firmly hold on the base, they have not yet accumulated harmful substances and the branches did not have time to become covered with dust. Dry shoots in dry darkened rooms, tying them into brooms. But It is worth noting that bunnies do not eat thick branches, they only gnaw the bark. Therefore, it is better to immediately choose shoots thinner, so that you do not remove the remnants of food from the rabbit.

How to feed?

It is possible to give branches to rabbits practically all types of trees, but it is worth changing them between each other (that is, not the same type of food) and taking into account some points. For example, birch branches have a diuretic effect, and conifers have bactericidal abilities. Therefore, these types of trees should be given to rabbits in moderation. It is impossible to use only stone fruits, because there is prussic acid in the cortex of such plants. And, of course, shoots of poisonous shrubs, such as wild rosemary and elderberry, are also prohibited in feeding rabbits.

Fruit trees and shrubs

TitleApplication
  • Grapes;
  • Pear;
  • Apple tree;
  • Hazel
You can give the rabbits in unlimited quantities, along with the fruits.
  • Currant;
  • Blueberry;
  • Hawthorn;
  • Gooseberry.
You can also give in unlimited quantities, but only some shoots (that is, without fruits).
  • Chestnut;
  • Rowan.
Give branches in small doses and rarely.

Other leafy plants

TitleApplication
  • Hanging birch;
It is recommended to give rabbits in limited doses for kidney and bladder diseases.
  • Linden;
Used as an adjunct in the treatment of cystitis. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Willow;
It contains salicylic acid in sufficient quantity, therefore it has an analgesic effect. Can be given for medicinal purposes.
  • Aspen;
It has antimicrobial properties, used for the prevention and treatment of moderate doses.
  • Walnut.
It has an anthelmintic property, so it can be given in therapeutic and prophylactic purposes in small doses.

Conifer

TitleApplication
  • Spruce;
  • Larch;
  • Fir;
  • Pine.
They have a lot of essential oils, so you can give intensively during respiratory diseases. All the rest of the time in small doses.
  • Tui;
  • Cypress.
Toxic! But for diseases of the respiratory tract give in small quantities.
  • Juniper
Berries are poisonous! Branches and leaves can be given without restrictions. It should be distinguished from the stinky juniper, it is poisonous and forbidden to feeding.

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