The body of rabbits, like any living creature, needs a healthy and balanced diet. Any breeder knows this and tries to feed their pets as varied as possible and useful. But there are products about which differences often arise. In this article we will find out whether it is possible to feed rabbits with bread, in what quantities to give it, and how much bread is useful for furry animals.
Bread in the diet of rabbits
Bakery products are present on our table every day, and often the owners have a desire to treat them to their pet. Someone bread often stale or deteriorates, and it becomes just a pity to throw it away. Then the thought arises to feed it to the rabbits along with potato and other peelings. Feed the eared animals need to be varied, so that the small body is full of vitamins and microelements. And if you decide to give them bread, then first you need to figure out whether it will be useful for them.
As far as we know, rabbits with pleasure eat cereals: oats, barley, wheat. But another question arises: is it possible for rabbits to have bread, for example, white or black? Is there any benefit from it? First, if you breed decorative rabbits and are not going to fatten them in any way, then the empty carbohydrates and starch contained in the bread will not be beneficial to your pets. Dried pieces of bread, in small quantities, you can give as a encouragement to tame the animal or for training.
However, if you fatten the rabbits in order to get tasty meat or beautiful shiny hair, then bread products can be safely included in the diet. The main thing - do not abuse and monitor the quality of bread. In no case can not give baking, which began to deteriorate and mold. Even if you cut off the mold itself, fungi will remain invisible to the eye in the loaf, and they can lead to upset digestive tract and even poisoning.
Rabbits can not be fed fresh bread - it leads to increased gas formation and is poorly digested. But slightly stale or dried baking pieces will appeal to your pets. Black and rye bread is better not to give to rabbits in general, they can cause fermentation and heaviness in the stomach. It is also not recommended to include buns and cookies in the diet. Although sometimes you can indulge the rabbits, encouraging them in small portions of oatmeal cookies.
How to feed?
Despite the simplicity of food, rabbits have an imperfect digestive system. Their stomach has weak muscles, and therefore is unable to immediately digest a large amount of food. Therefore, the animals should eat often and in small portions, and the owners should ensure that there is always enough water in the troughs and the food remains fresh. It is advisable to feed the rabbits regularly, several times a day, changing the feeder as often as possible.
When offering bread to animals, you need to remember that this is a hygroscopic product, and not allow it to accumulate at the bottom of the cage, otherwise the crumbs will bloom, and this is fraught with pet poisoning. Crackers and dried crusts can be slightly soaked in water or milk - in this form, even small rabbits will gladly eat them. Grain products should be given very carefully, calculating the amount of treats based on the rabbit's body weight - this is about 10 grams of product per kilogram of animal weight.
Check regularly whether there is enough eared water, because after the croutons and bread crumbs, thirst can increase. And remember, first of all, the rabbit's food should consist of vegetables, cereals and green fodder, and crackers should be given as a delicacy. Then your pet will grow healthy and contented.