Rabbits are herbivores. In this case, the diet of pets can be diverse. From childhood, from fairy tales, everyone knows that rabbits eat carrots and cabbage, but adult farmer breeders often face the problem of indigestion of rodents. To give cabbage to rabbits, you need to study the special literature on the proper nutrition of your wards, familiarize yourself with the recommendations of experienced specialists, and also know what kind of green vegetable and how much rodents can eat.
One hundred grams of white cabbage contains large amounts of vitamin C. But it is undesirable to feed these vegetables to rabbits until they are 3 or 4 months old, since it is difficult for an immature body to cope with the digestion of succulent leaves, and trace elements are contained in high concentrations.
Tip: When the kids grow up, you can add cabbage to their diet, but little by little, take only a row of top leaves, cut or tear them into small pieces, washed and slightly heated. Damage to the leaves should not be.
Crispy cabbage is a very tasty treat for people and rabbits. It contains a lot of vitamin P, a little less than in spinach. Rodents can and should eat fresh white leaves to replenish the body with calcium, without which the bones of the skeleton can not be strong, as well as manganese, it is necessary for normal metabolic processes. Squirrel in cabbage leaves so much that it is fully covered its daily rate for the animal.
But if you mindlessly feed your pet with a white delicacy, you can harm them. Crabs digestion is intestinal, it cannot cope with a large number of aggressive elements in the product, and when coarse dietary fibers are broken down, peristalsis increases, the rabbit may suffer from abdominal bloating or diarrhea.
The cultivated plant contains a lot of sulfur, which irritates the alimentary canal, its mucous membrane, which increases the intensity of the formation of gases, so you should not overfeed animals.
Tip: Sulfur is abundant in apples and cereals, simultaneous feeding of these products and cabbage is unacceptable.
It is better to refuse red cabbage for eared pets altogether. Even a small amount of it is very irritating to the mucous membranes in the body of rabbits. This is due to an excess of red leaves in aggressive elements. Some compounds in its composition are harmful to rodents because they disrupt the work of the stomach and intestines.
Eared rodents can be fed 1 or 2 sheets of Peking cabbage per day. This will be considered a vitamin supplement to the main menu. Useful trace elements found in the vegetable in a large mass. The Beijing variety will strengthen the immune system, promotes heart health, normalizes digestive processes, and also helps animals clean the intestines.
Tip: Before serving the Beijing variety, it is advisable to clean the leaves from the veins, which will speed up the absorption of the product. Veterinary specialists are strongly recommended to enter into the menu of rabbits.
Vegetable protein in Cauliflower more than Belokochannaya, a half, sometimes 2 times, ascorbic acid in a couple or three times. And most importantly, it contains glucoraphanin, with the help of this organic compound the development of pathogenic microflora is blocked. Cauliflower is consumed by rabbits in the same amount as Belokochannaya, both of these varieties can even be boiled before serving.
Savoy cabbage variety is related to white cabbage. But the Italian Savoy is distinguished by great tenderness and aroma, coarse fiber and mustard oils are not so much in it. Fiber in it is contained in a smaller amount, although in terms of caloric content and the availability of nutrients, the Savoy is richer in fiber.
Rabbits can eat small amounts of Savoy vegetable, there will be no harm from it. Corrugated foliage is quite tasty. It can be fed to rabbits in larger quantities, about 250 or 300 grams. But if you overfeed, there may be problems with the stomach.
Kohlrabi cabbage variety is rich in glucose, so the vegetable is considered a truly delicious treat for rabbits. One adult animal can be from 100 to 200 grams of product per day.
Tip: You can feed your pets Kohlrabi stalk, but that its diameter does not exceed 6 centimeters. Escape is given to the underdone, or if silage is harvested from it
Rabbits love meaty broccoli and other types of cabbage. These vegetables are often frozen. But if you ask yourself whether it is possible to feed the animals with a frozen delicacy, even having defrosted them beforehand, then knowledgeable people will be given a firm negative answer. If these recommendations are neglected, the intestines of the rabbit can be seriously upset, it will scold, the body is dehydrated. There are no useful properties in frozen heads.
Sauerkraut is a favorite dish of people, as well as rabbits in the winter. Cabbage is easy to preserve the vitamin value, fermenting, since it is affected by lactic acid bacteria in the fermentation process.
Sauerkraut fills the body not only with a vitamin complex, but also with energy. The rate of sauerkraut per day is equal to the rate of the usual raw, adults can be no more than 100 or 180 grams per day, it all depends on the body weight of the rabbit.
Since there is a lot of salt in the product, rabbits will constantly want to drink, you need to provide them with water. It is possible to feed a fermented product, but rarely and gradually.
Why not give a stalk
The cabbage stalk contains organic compounds and trace elements, the huge concentration of which is detrimental to the state of the animal organism, and it was impossible to digest it with such a large amount of substances. When eating a stalk the stomach of a rodent will be upset, the stomach will be swollen. Diarrhea may begin, gagging is possible. Corroded leaves are also forbidden to be fed to animals.
If the cabbage leaves are struck with powdery mildew, fluzariosis or another disease, this product is not edible. Too perfect heading suggests suspicions that pesticides were used in its cultivation. Therefore, it is best to give the rabbits vegetable plants grown in their garden. Purchased vegetables can be fed, but better in small doses.
The main feed cabbage can not be. But also to deprive rabbits with a natural vitamin source is not worth it. Juicy product increases in the daily dosage gradually. It is necessary these days to monitor the rabbits, what will be their reaction, whether the stool will be normal or liquid. If all is well, the body is easy to cope with the digestion of a juicy vegetable, and its useful component is completely absorbed.
Tip: If the rabbit has eaten leaves from the head, and he became ill, you should stop further supply of this vegetable. By increasing the dry feed in the daily dosage, the nutritional balance will return to normal, health will improve.
In order not to torture the animal and not to run in the search for drugs themselves, cabbage pets must be properly rationed. You need to start with 30 or 50 grams. And the maximum daily dose should not exceed 200 or 300 grams, only Savoy can be given a little more. Large mature individuals can eat 0.5 kilo of fresh leaves in the summer and 400 grams in the winter, and at the same time feel great.
Cabbage is desirable in a rabbit diet for good nutrition. The animal's body is filled with moisture. In the leaves of a juicy vegetable vitamin and mineral diversity: group B is represented by B1 and B2, ascorbic (C), PP, folic acid, sulfur, potassium with calcium, and also a lot of manganese, zinc, and phosphorous elements.
Most breeders agree that cabbage is necessary in the diet of animals, but in strictly limited quantities. This will allow the animal to grow up healthy, not to have problems with the intestines, which adversely affect its general condition and appearance.
Is it possible to give cabbage to rabbits
There are several varieties of cabbage, significantly differing among themselves both externally and in terms of the set of organic substances, vitamins and microelements in their composition. All this needs to be taken into account, giving the rabbits a particular variety of this vegetable.
It is strictly not recommended to feed too much cabbage to animals, and even more so to transfer them completely to cabbage ration, this leads, at a minimum, to a serious disruption of their digestive system.
From what age can
Experienced breeders recommend starting to give cabbage to rabbits not younger than 3.5-4 months of age. The use of this vegetable at a younger age usually ends for an animal with a severe upset stomach.
How much can you give
At first, this vegetable is given to young animals in very small quantities, 30–50 g per individual. If the reaction to it is normal, its share in the feed is gradually increased and adjusted to the adult norm, which averages 100–200 g of product per day, but this value can be adjusted for the weight of the animal, as well as its individual characteristics.
What else you need to feed to diversify the diet of rabbits
In addition to cabbage leaves, there are a large number of vegetables and other products that help make the diet of rabbits balanced and varied.
We list only the main products:
- vegetables are recommended to give carrots, beets and potatoes (boiled and in small quantities), zucchini, pumpkin,
- hay from grasses, cereal straw and legumes,
- dried branches of fruit trees (apple, plum), as well as shoots of willow, willow, maple, linden, aspen,
- their cereal oats (best option), rye, wheat, barley, corn,
- wheat bran, meal, cake,
- from legumes peas, lentils, soybeans,
- various supplements (vitamins, herbal flour, fish oil).
So, rabbit can be fed with cabbage, but it is necessary to limit its share in the daily diet, since this vegetable can cause serious problems with the gastrointestinal tract of animals. All varieties of this product are suitable for food, with the exception of the red one.