Each breeder tries to be as responsible as possible to the issue of nutrition of their pets. After all, the health of rabbits, their development, the ability to bear and raise offspring, etc., depends on it. Naturally, you cannot feed animals with any fruit and vegetables. Is it possible to feed rabbits with potatoes? That is what we will discuss in our article!
Potatoes in the diet of rabbits
Opinions about whether to feed the rabbits potatoes, diverge. Nevertheless, in most cases the votes “for” turn out to be larger. After all, potatoes are a product that is indisputably useful, contains vitamin C, as well as B vitamins and a number of trace elements, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. In addition, the potato has about 20% starch in its composition.
It is because of the starch with potatoes and should be careful. If your rabbit leads a sedentary lifestyle and spends most of the time in a cage, potato starch will lead to an increase in body weight of the animal. This is because starch can easily turn into fat. This property of the vegetable is used by farmers engaged in raising rabbits for meat. Introduction to the diet of a large number of this product, significantly reduces the period of fattening animals.
Therefore, for a pet, this product is suitable in small quantities and it is best if you cut it into pieces before serving. So the animal will be more convenient to use it. It is better to introduce this root crop into the ration of rabbits not earlier than from four months of age, and the rate of its consumption is 40 kg per year for males, 36 kg for females.
Raw root well complement the diet of rodents and will be for them a source of additional vitamins and minerals. But do not forget that raw potato starch is not very well digested. In the wild, rabbits do not eat potatoes, so this product should not be more than 10% of the daily diet. As already mentioned, it is better to cut the potatoes before serving.
Make sure that the roots are clean, in any case, do not offer the animals spoiled or green potatoes, and sprouted roots are not desirable for eating. The fact is that such a product is a source of solanine - a toxic substance that can cause severe poisoning. Watch the animal's reaction, if the introduction of potatoes in the diet, it is marked deterioration or indigestion, the product should be immediately excluded. Perhaps he just does not fit your pet.
With potato peelings, you should also be careful, you can add them to the diet, but in very small quantities. The main thing is that they should be well washed and not cut from spoiled or green potatoes, the skin of new potatoes is not suitable for rabbits. It is best to offer boiled potato cleansing to animals, they can be crushed and mixed with feed. You can also dry the raw potato peel, grind it and in the form of flour added to the feed mash. If you first boil such flour with boiling water, its digestibility increases.
Boiled potatoes may also be present in small quantities in the diet of rabbits. Heat-treated product is better digested and absorbed. If you use sprouted potatoes for cooking, do not forget to carefully remove all sprouts.
Do not use for mixing the water after cooking, it is better to drain it. Mashed potatoes can also be mixed into rabbit food. It is possible to use kitchen waste to feed the animal. A wet mash is prepared on the basis of the remaining boiled potatoes and low-fat broth, which is important to feed fresh and no more than 200 grams per crawl.
General feeding rules
When forming the diet of your pet, pay attention that the potato is a so-called succulent feed and is an additional product to the diet, not the main one. Your animal should have its own feeding regime, where you can alternate between different root vegetables, taking into account the pet's taste wishes. After all, someone will like to gnaw a raw potato more, and someone will like potato mash, the main thing is not to let the animal go hungry, because then it will pounce on any proposed feed, which can lead to digestive disorders.
With the potatoes, we still advise not to abuse, because this product is not quite typical for rabbits. It is better that the rate of its consumption does not exceed 200 grams per animal per day. If we are talking about the fattening period, then some breeders give mash with boiled vegetables and feed 2-3 times a day. As for different types of potatoes, it is better to alternate them.