Dandelions - one of the most favorite treats rabbits. However, livestock breeders who are just beginning to be interested in breeding animals are often asked whether it is possible to give dandelions to rabbits ?! After all, there is a perception that they are not too useful. In our article you will find out the answer to this question, as well as how to give the plant, so as not to harm the animals.
Can I feed dandelions rabbits?
Any farmer with experience will tell you that dandelions can not only be given to rabbits, but also necessary. But it is necessary to feed the pet with this plant with care, mixing it with other types of herbs. In fact, dandelion is a valuable source of calcium for growing up and older adult rabbits. The only caveat - the urine of the animal from the use of such food can turn red. This is normal, you should not worry about it, especially when the animals periodically eat more and beets.
In the diet of your rabbits dandelions should take up to 30% of the total mass of green fodder.
Since there are a lot of calcium in dandelions, it can negatively affect the growth of not strong rabbits. Excess calcium, as well as its deficiency is harmful to rabbits, kids and adults. Therefore, mix this plant with hay and other herbs and only in this form, safely give your little animals!
What about decorative rabbits?
Ornamental breed rabbits can be given dandelion stalks, leaves and flowers as well as ordinary rabbits. Recommendations on how to feed decorative cuties, remain the same. Do not overdo it, make sure that the percentage of green mixtures is strictly observed. You can mix chopped dandelion mass with a variety of wild plants. Periodically change the composition of the mixtures.
Remember that it is possible to give herbs and leaves only from the 3rd week of life, gradually offering such food to babies. Rabbits are very inquisitive and will surely be happy to eat a dandelion. Also, watch out for the regularity of stool and pet urination. If after the introduction of such a component there are problems, immediately remove it from the diet. However, if it is properly harvested and assembled in clean terrain, its benefits are very great.
How to feed dandelions?
We have already mentioned that dandelions can be fed to rabbits not in pure form, but only in mixtures. It is best to give, mixing with such herbs as tansy, plantain, wormwood. Such a mixture will additionally have an anti-parasitic effect. Of course, do not forget about the usual fresh hay, because coarse fiber should be constantly in rabbits. Never sprinkle plants with animals that have not been washed with clean water!
Dandelion, before giving the rabbits, you need to rinse well with hot water, it is hot, not boiling water. After that, you need to dry the raw materials, one can even say, to stock in a well-blown place without moisture and dust. When the food is completely dry after washing, mix the raw material with hay and put it in the feeders. The direct function of this flower is the activation of liver and kidney functions. Therefore, it can be called a super-useful delicacy.
You can feed dandelion-grass gatherings with your grass a couple of times a week, on other days you can add some other plant component to the hay.
Flowers of this plant also eat rabbits, but only in the smallest quantities. More familiar are the green parts - the stems and leaves. However, if your pet accidentally eats this part of a dandelion, you can not worry, there will be no harm. Flowers are harvested and given in the same way - in herbal hay mixtures. They will provide rabbits with coarse fiber, useful for teeth, as well as mineral salts and calcium.
Leaves and Stems
The stems and leaves of this flower are an excellent feed additive. Giving them to rabbits is recommended on a general basis, in compliance with the rules of feeding and harvesting raw materials. The most clean, fresh and healthy looking flowers are torn off, always in a clean place, away from the road. After that, they separate the flowers and wash them, drying them separately, and the greens are also washed, chopped into a fine fraction and dried.