Most veggies and herbs are high in fiber and calcium, which are good for all aspects of the rabbit. It helps keep the fur moving through the intestines during a molt, prevents constipation, and some plants can cure diarrhea.
In the wild, rabbits are eating whatever they can find. They typically eat wild plants. Very few rabbits have access to a garden where they can steal carrots or kale or celery. Wild rabbits like comfrey, sage, and dandelions, which have nutritional benefits to their health. Some herbs, veggies, and plants, even some fruits, can combat illnesses. Most of these can be grown pretty easily in a backyard garden. Pineapple is a natural dewormer, parsley enriches the blood and helps with urinary problems, and strawberry is antiseptic and cooling, can prevent miscarriage, and is rich in iron.
See THIS page for a complete list on herbs, fruits and veggies and their benefits.
This year I'm feeding my rabbits a lot ore fresh herbs and veggies, because I started a small garden. They are primarily getting cilantro, parsley, and basil, sometimes carrots (they prefer the tops). Next year I hope to expand my garden so I can grow collard greens, kale, maybe even raspberries and strawberries, and a lot more.
Before feeding any fruits, veggies, plants or herbs from the wild or from a garden, make sure you read up on if they are suitable for rabbits or not. Everyone assumes lettuces and carrots are rabbits' favorites - but lettuce shouldn't be fed, and carrots are high in sugar, and there are plenty of other veggies and herbs out there rabbits enjoy much more.
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