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What Do Wild Rabbits Eat?

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Typically grass or other plants found in the yard. The rabbits in my yard eat the bark off of our large bushes (which is also where they've made their home) and munch on the squirrel block (mostly corn and seeds) as well as the bird seed that falls from the feeder. I've tried to feed them lettuce but they avoid it. They do seem to enjoy when I leave out apple slices for them. For the most part, they pretty much just enjoy what's already there.
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The best food for rabbits would consist of what they generally feed on in the wild. This would consist predominantly of fresh grass with an additional mixture of other green plants. Grass/hay should comprise around 70% of the diet and a lack of grass/hay will in all likelihood lead to dental problems such as malocclusion, and digestive problems including problems in forming caecotrophes.

Dark green, leafy vegetables will also be much appreciated by rabbits. Individual rabbits vary in their preferences but vegetables such as cabbage, romaine, escarole, turnip, collard, kale, parsley, thyme, cilantro, dandelion and basil can all be fed. These should be fed in small amounts and introduced slowly as rabbits have delicate digestive systems. Fruits can be fed as treats approximately one tablespoon per four pounds (1 T per 4 lbs) of body weight , as they are high in sugars. Starchy vegetables such as potatoes or corn should be avoided. When feeding vegetables to a rabbit for the first time, begin with one type, then slowly introduce others, until the rabbit has become accustomed to at least three different kinds of vegetables per serving; a variety of food keeps the rabbit's interest. Once a rabbit is introduced to vegetables, it should be fed vegetables daily (keeping in mind that grass/hay should make up the bulk of the diet).

If fresh grass or hay is not available then a high quality pellet can be used. When choosing commercial feeds, choose those that do not include nuts, as nuts contain more fat than rabbits can easily metabolize, and may cause health problems, such as fatty liver. Nuts are commonly found in rodent food; as rabbits are not rodents, this food should be avoided.

Pellets should be fed one ounce per pound of body weight per day. However, pellets should be offered as a supplement to hay only - exclusively feeding a rabbit pellets can lead to life-threatening dental disease. Only by chewing hay or grass daily can a rabbit wear down their back teeth sufficiently (their teeth grow constantly, as with rodents). Traditionally, pellets are fed to rabbits bred for meat, and tend to cause excess weight gain. If a rabbit is fed pellets, a salt block is not necessary, as pellets are high in salt, though salt blocks are not otherwise harmful to rabbits.
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Wild rabbits mainly eat leaves,grass and other vegetation.They never eat meat.
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I have had a wild baby rabbit for 7 weeks, it is about 2 months old. She eats alfalfa hay, carrot tops, oats, yogurt treats made for rabbits, and apple slices. I also feed her about 1/4 teaspoon of low fat natural berry yogurt in the morning to help the digestive system and she has been doing great.
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They eat rabbit food and they eat any kind of veggie.
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If I have a wild baby bunnie its mom was killed by a dog and the other babies ran but this one stayed and I got it but I don't know what to give it to drink I know they say no cows milk,but until I get to the pet store can I give it some water to drink ,its eyes are opened but its still very young the mom would sit on top of them so they need to be warm and all but I need to get it to drink everything I have tryed to give it to eat it won't yet,like regular grass,plants baby carrots etc.please anyone with advice I would greatly appericate it...
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Rabbits mostly eat rabbit pellets and lettuce. Remember to give them fresh water everyday.

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