Many rabbit breeders grow beets in their backyards, which sometimes want to pamper their pets. Beet unpretentious, grows well and brings a rich harvest without much hassle. Sometimes it’s impossible to grow carrots or other vegetables, and the harvest of this vegetable is huge. How not to pamper her eared? But the question arises: is it possible to give red beets to rabbits? Let's try to figure it out further.
Beets in the diet of pets
Many beet farmers are attracted not only as a vegetable for their table, but also as a fodder crop. It grows well in sunny areas and brings harvest even without much care. The production of such feed is simple and cheap at the same time, so the question arises whether it can be fed rabbits. Other animals of the monastery enjoy eating both tops and root vegetables. But rabbits are known for their selectivity and capriciousness in food, therefore, they are not recommended to give them any product without prior preparation.
Stopping and some reviews of breeders who write about the death of their pets after eating leafy or beet root crops. No one wants to risk their livestock, so they exclude this vegetable from the diet of pets and do not want to give it. But it is in vain, since beetroot is not only possible, but also should be eared, only it must be done carefully.
How to enter into the diet?
It is recommended to start giving this vegetable after the pet is one month old. At this age, a single dose should not exceed 25 grams. In total, it is included in the menu twice a day, the total daily dose is 50 g. Some breeders recommend starting with boiled beets, and only after the pet adapts, introduce fresh. The fact is that the root vegetable contains a lot of fiber, which is hard for the eared digestion.
When cooked, fiber is much smaller. But you can start with raw, because the rabbit is a herbivore animal, and its intestines are created to digest plant foods with high fiber content. Raw or boiled is not so important, as long as the root vegetable is clean and whole. If there is dirt on it, it is necessary to wash and dry thoroughly. All rotten and eaten up places need to be cut, make sure that there are no insects and worms inside the root crop.
Not all eared will be happy to eat this root vegetable. Therefore, when starting a supplement, it is necessary to interfere with a juicy vegetable with mixed fodder, and only when the animal gets used, pour it separately.
Starting from 2 months, if the first samples were normal, you can already give 100 g per day, also dividing them into two doses. From 3 months, the dosage is increased to 75 g at a time (150 g per day), then at 4 months - 100 g per reception. Adult rabbits are not recommended to give more than 150 g at one time, and not more than 300 g per day. Special attention is given to the diet of pregnant and nursing females. There should be more succulent fodder and root vegetables in its menu, so the beets will be here most welcome.
But you should not risk the health of the pregnant rabbit and introduce this root crop during the period of gestation. You can give her beets only if she received it earlier from one month of age. If everything is normal, the rabbit is ready for such food, not only can you give, but you also need 150-450 g per day, because the beets help to increase lactation. Males are also not allowed to give this root, but in quantities that do not exceed the norm. If the parents of rabbits used this root crop, then the kids will easily adapt to it.
The same rules apply to the tops. It is worth giving it a little bit clean, without any damage and insects, and also slightly dried. Otherwise, the gastrointestinal tract of the eared accounts for too much load, disorders, gas formation begin.
Learning to feed the eared
In our country, the most common are three varieties of beet: table, fodder and sugar. Immediately it is worth noting that the beet is not intended for feeding eared. Even if you have several bags left after the winter, and it is a pity to throw them away, you should not experiment with animals. After it, they can really die. Remember that dining red borsch beet is detrimental to your pet's gastrointestinal tract!
Fodder beet is the most attractive for rabbit breeders because it gives a very good yield even in small areas. For example, 1.5-2 tons of root crops can be obtained from a plot of 150 square meters. m. of land. This is enough to provide not only a large eared population, but also other livestock. As a rule, the fodder variety goes for animals set aside for fattening.
This variety is most useful for eared pets. It is better absorbed, it has less fiber, in addition, it is well suited for feeding in any form. It is dried, silage, give fresh. The most useful mixture of silage is considered to be the one that includes roots and tops of beets, potatoes and legumes.
The plant of this variety is also a valuable feed. If the weather permits, it can be decomposed on a grid and given in a dried form until it dries completely. In addition, tops have antiseptic properties.
Root vegetables are the most valuable part of this feed product. They contain:
- 25% sugars, proteins and fats;
- 75% water;
- B vitamins;
- iron and vitamin C, which together stimulate the production of hemoglobin;
- valuable minerals;
- pectin, betaine, bioflavonoids.
Due to this rich composition in the body of rabbits, the work of the cardiovascular system is normalized, the vessels are strengthened, the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract is maintained. In addition, sugar beet helps eared to improve immunity, to activate its own protective mechanisms. It can be considered a good prevention even against coccidiosis.
After harvesting, root vegetables should be well dried. For this, the crop is laid out on a grid or on a tarp in the open air, preferably under a canopy. If the weather is rainy, you must lower them to the basement. The air temperature in the basement should not be below + 10-15 ° C. Before storage, it is better to sort the roots and select the spoiled ones. They can be fed first, after washing and cutting out damaged areas. Those eared, in the diet of which beets are regularly found, have tasty, healthy and soft meat.