What can you feed rabbits at home


The diet of rabbits at home consists of three types of food (coarse, concentrates and juicy). It is like the first, second, third dish for people. If we continue the analogy, with village feeding, hay is like a soup for a person, grain is like mashed potatoes with a chop. Well, juicy food - it's compote. When industrial feeding "compote" rabbits are not allowed. What rabbits eat on the farm and at home, how to organize feeding is the topic of this article.

What do rabbits eat in different conditions?

The variety of plant species allows you to organize the diet of animals for different tasks.

  1. Fattening (intensive - industrial or extensive - home).
  2. Breeding breeding of males and females in different periods of mating
  3. Decorative breeding rabbits suggests a different feed composition.

But first things first, rabbits eat ...

A photo. The diet of rabbits at home is significantly different from feeding rabbits on an industrial farm.

Diet for rabbits, which are

The diet of a rabbit can be of an industrial type, domestic or simple feeding from a vegetable garden, originally fed tribal and ornamental rabbits. Tribal fed. so that they do not accumulate fat. Ornamental rabbits are fed so that they do not have health problems. Sick rabbits have a peculiar smell, start to stink.

  1. The diet of industrial feeding. It is based on the use of complete dry rations with mechanized distribution and is designed for feeding rabbits with full-feed dry granulated feeds - mixed feed and granulated hay.
  2. The diet of home feeding. Based on natural feed, without mechanized distribution of feed, the use of all types and types of feed. In the home diet a lot of manual labor in the preparation of wet and semi-wet mash fodder and the distribution of the diet. What a rabbit eats at home depends on the financial capacity of the rabbit breeder, the climatic conditions of the place of detention and the season of the year.
  3. The diet of animals of the breeding core (industrial and domestic) is significantly poorer in calories than at the stern. Feeding is not intended for rapid growth, more important is the support of physical and sexual form.
  4. The diet of ornamental rabbits. According to the structure of the feed and the composition of the diet resembles the food of the breeding rabbits. They are given limited calorie foods and increase the composition and variety of fortified diets.

See what to feed the rabbit in summer and winter.

See how to feed an ornamental rabbit at home.

Rabbit diet on an industrial farm

A diet for rabbits on an industrial farm with intensive fattening is aimed at: organizing a cost-effective type of feeding. Tasks, with this type of feeding rabbits, the following:

  1. To mechanize the process of feeding rabbits,
  2. To get the rabbits to gain weight quickly
  3. To reduce the cost of feeding and maintenance,
  4. Reduce the number of attendants
  5. Easy to balance the diet of rabbits.

The diet of rabbits on modern rabbit-breeding complexes consists only of dry feed (granulated feed, granulated hay, artificial feed additives). They in various combinations and combinations correspond to all the stated tasks. Granulated feed (different recipes) and granulated grass granules are fed from bunker feeders with pneumatic and other feed systems to an individual feeder. This means that attendance by attendants can be reduced to minimal participation, and in some cases can be excluded altogether.

Distribution of succulent feed is difficult to mechanize. Therefore, almost everywhere exclude from the diet of juicy food, but increase the supply of drinking water. Vitaminized succulent feed replace feed additives. It is easier and cheaper.

Thus, on a large rabbit farm and mechanized distribution, the rabbit eats dry food. Juicy types of feed do not matter in the structure of the diet of rabbits. The daily diet of different age and sex groups of rabbits is calculated by professional livestock specialists.

Feed is fed to the feeders and drinkers mechanized. Drinking water set through the water supply. Reducing the number of staff allows you to:

  1. reduce the disturbing factor of rabbits by the presence of a person
  2. improve the epizootic situation on the farm,
  3. reduce the cost of vaccination, treatment,
  4. reduce the cost of feeding and maintenance,
  5. eliminate the use of succulent feed

Rabbit's food ration in the private farmstead in the village

What does a rabbit eat on a home farm? Plain country food. Only at home the rabbit eats all three types of feed: grain, coarse and juicy. And this is an indisputable advantage in terms of cheapness, ration usefulness. Consumers of rabbit meat and experienced rabbit breeders know that the rabbit taste on the consumer’s table ultimately depends on what kind of food the rabbits eat at home.

  • Rough feed is hay, branch feed. More than ten types of different hay are known. Hay is meadow, forest, mountain, cultivated land, legumes, cereals. Twisted feed is also referred to as coarse feed.
  • Grain food for rabbits is sometimes called concentrated. Includes oats, wheat, barley, millet, maize, sorghum, millet, soy. It is usually given in the form of crushed grains (debris), sometimes in the form of whole, steamed mash. Some rabbit breeders at home practice feeding with one kind of grain, but then changing to a different kind for different types depending on the feeding stage and the age of the rabbits.
  • Succulent feed was never part of the main feed of rabbits. But at home, rabbit breeders use these types of fodder very widely (weeds, garden leaves, root crops, melons, green mass, silage). To the question what rabbits love to eat, even a first grader will answer - carrot, that is, juicy food.

An experienced rabbit breeder will say that feed and rations for feeding rabbits affect three important indicators that are kept secret. A novice is useful to know the triad of the correct diet of rabbits, the value of each type of food separately.

  1. Rough feed (fiber, carbohydrates), responsible for the health of the rabbit's digestive system.
  2. Concentrated feed (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) affect the rate of weight gain by the rabbit.
  3. Juicy food (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) give the taste, aroma of rabbit on the consumer's table.

The diet of breeding rabbits, see what to feed the rabbit

Calculation of feed needs, tips for newbies

A beginner rabbit breeder will provide a family of rabbit, having from two males (main and double) and at least three females. The season in Central Russia is 4-6 warm months a year. There are regions where the heat is longer or less than the specified period. We will focus on the average. A beginner breeder can really count from one female per season (April-May) to (November-December) to get fed up 8-16 young rabbits. That is, three females will give you 24 - 48 rabbits weighing from 3 to 5 kg each. The total live weight of all rabbits is at least 72 kg to 120 kg. The maximum live weight of all rabbits can reach from 144 to 240 kg. Real numbers always differ from the estimated need.

Based on the fact that the rabbit eats at home, you need to prepare food for the whole herd (2 males, 3 females and 24-48 rabbits). The novice rabbits kill for meat in November-December, and from April to resume reproduction. To switch to year-round rabbit breeding you need a field of experience.

For one season with mixed feeding for 24-48 rabbits, three females and two males will need approximately:

  • hay about 150 - 200 kg.
  • herbs (tops, weeds, freshly cut grass) - 500 - 700 kg,
  • grains up to 350-400 kg,
  • root crops - 100-120 kg,
  • salt - 2 kg,
  • bone meal or chalk up to 6 kg.

This amount is sufficient to provide normal nutrient requirements for up to 48 heads of young animals, three females and two males. Spend a monthly selective or total weights. According to the results, you can determine if there is enough (little or a lot) of feed. In the warm period, you can easily find in the garden and in the forest feed that they love, there are rabbits.

Meadow grasses that love rabbits in the summer

  • meadow rank,
  • white and medicinal tributaries,
  • mouse peas,
  • dandelion in the stage before flowering,
  • cuff ordinary,
  • meadowsweet or meadowsweet palmate,
  • mallow or mallow,
  • willow-herb or narrow-leaved fireweed,
  • plantain, especially in the early growing season,
  • yarrow,
  • tansy and balsamic.
  • wormwood,
  • bluegrass meadow

Rabbits eat weedy garden herbs well, which are abundant in garden beds and abandoned wastelands. Very useful to rabbits are young green nettle, quinoa. In spring and early summer, rabbits eat rape and burdock well. At the beginning of the growing season, the rabbits can be fed with a thistle. They love eared friends and vegetable tops (carrots, beets, turnips and others), practically all the tops of garden root crops.

Grass grasses that rabbits like in the summer

  • timothy, bluegrass cereals,
  • sorghum,
  • Sudanese (Sudanese grass),
  • oats,
  • Chumiza (capitate millet, black rice),
  • Mogar (Italian bristle)
  • sweet corn (maize),
  • wheat,
  • barley,
  • Millet (millet groats)

Legumes that like to eat rabbits in the summer

  • rank sowing,
  • alfalfa (blue),
  • meadow and red clover
  • peas (fodder varieties),
  • soy cultural,
  • Seradella sowing,
  • Vika (peas),
  • lupins (several species),
  • beans (horse, Russian, garden, ordinary)

Branches of trees that can be rabbits there all year round

In addition to grass, rabbits must give fresh branches of fruit trees and a vineyard. Of the most common species of wild plants, deciduous trees can be added to rabbit feed. Deciduous trees such as acacia, hazel, aspen, willow, birch, alder, maple and poplar.

The amount of phytomass branch feed to rabbits is not dosed.

They usually eat as much as needed. In case of excessive giving, excess feed is trapped, this leads to unjustified loss of valuable phytomass. Carefully use conifer branches. Usually after steaming and removing resinous substances from greens and stems.

Bristles that rabbits eat in the village in autumn and winter

Information about the winter feeding of rabbits and the peculiarities of the winter ration is useful for experienced rabbit breeders. In winter, the main feed for rabbits in the household is hay and warm mash made from grains and potatoes. In addition, in winter, rabbits are fed brooms harvested from summer trees (willow, aspen, birch, etc.). Some breeders recommend fresh branches and pine needles, spruce, as a source of carotene and vitamins of group “B”. One kilogram of pine needles contains about 60 mg of carotene.

Root crops, what food rabbits eat in autumn and winter

In winter, rabbits are given root vegetables. Potatoes in the form of a nutritious basis of mash from grain and crushed boiled potatoes. Since autumn. When excess moisture leaves the root crops, sugar beetroot, and better, fodder beets, carrots, and turnips are introduced into the diet. Jerusalem artichokes are difficult to store in winter, but if there are reserves, then give the rabbits, they love him. You can stock up cabbage stalks and leaves left after cleaning before salting. Cabbage is useful, contains carbohydrates and vitamins. It is good, contributes to increasing the milkiness of females, but can cause timpani. In the southern regions they give fodder watermelon, pumpkin, less often fodder melon.

Rabbits eat well the silage prepared in autumn from tops and carrots, cabbage leaves 200-300 grams per day, to breeding females and males, 100-200 fattening youngsters. This dose is well add the level of vitamins in the body of the rabbit.

Grain mixtures that rabbits can eat all year round

Concentrated feed in the diet of rabbits occupy the main place at any time of the year, they are richest in carbohydrates, protein and fat. They give the greatest weight gain for fattening young stock. The reference grain is oats. It is this culture that is taken as the unit of value of feed - the feed unit. Grain is given to rabbits in whole, rolled, crushed form and steamed and softened. In some cases, diseased rabbits are fed broths from flax grains and other crops that tend to swell in the form of jelly.

A valuable concentrated feed for rabbits is bran, especially from wheat, oats, barley, amaranth. The best source of polyunsaturated fatty acids for rabbits is cake. First of all from sunflower. They are given in roasted form, added to the mash with grains and potatoes. Grain, bran, oilcake give the rabbits in a mixture of 50-100 grams of breeding rabbits and 60-120 grams per day of young fattening. Rabbits are allowed a small amount of dry bread and grain residues from bakeries.

Feed Additives on Home Farm

Rabbits can be skimmed whey, sukrolnymi females and young animals on the suction curd. Fish, bone, meat-bone, blood meal should be given daily in a dose of up to 10-20 grams mixed with cooled mash. Be sure to give salt, it improves the appetite and palatability of food. The composition of the diet rabbit injected drugs fish oil, PABK, fodder yeast.

Water matters all year round.

Drinking is an essential part of any diet. Water has no nutritional value, but improves the digestive processes in the rabbit intestine. In the summer, drinking water is supplied through a temporary plumbing, and in winter it is necessarily heated. They give either at a certain time, or insulate the winter water supply.


Now we know what rabbits eat at home, in winter and in summer. We know the approximate amount of feed for the whole season, which must be prepared to ensure a full ration for a small farm. From one rabbit, you can get up to 100 kg of rabbit meat in pure weight, but you need to rely on experienced breeders, and our article is intended for beginners.

Rabbit feeding at home for beginners

Rabbits are animals that eat almost constantly while they are awake. This feature of their body is due to the structure of the gastrointestinal tract. The food they consume is not able to move further by the forces of the gastric muscles.

It is for this reason that the animal constantly eats, so that the digestion process does not stop and the food in the stomach does not stagnate. Through new portions of food, old food is pushed further along the digestive tract.

What can feed the rabbits

So, the logical question for every novice farmer is: what do rabbits eat? What can they give as feed and that it is absolutely impossible to eat animals.

Since rabbits are herbivores, different types of wild herbs are the basis of their nutrition, in particular:

  • blooming Sally,
  • nettle,
  • plantain,
  • horse sorrel,
  • yarrow and other forest and meadow herbs.
  • The only exceptions are poisonous plant species.

Also rabbits eat such food as:

  • carrot,
  • hazel,
  • Linden shoots
  • cabbage leaves,
  • lime shoots
  • shoots of fruit trees.

Animals prefer thick twigs, which additionally can sharpen their teeth. Also rabbits eat rhubarb and beet tops.

The presence of natural feed in the form of branches, shoots and herbs in the rabbit's diet not only positively affects the health and activity of the animal, but also allows the breeder to save well on its content.

Rabbits eat not only natural, natural food, but also factory combined, animals also need it. In such feed there are nutritional components, as well as various useful components:

This is necessary for furry animals in order for the meat mass to grow as quickly as possible, and the skin to be as beautiful as possible.

Rabbit feeding is also carried out through such products:

  • pumpkins, potatoes, melon and watermelon peels and other juicy feeds,
  • cereals, including wheat, corn, oats and barley,
  • fish, meat and meat and bone meal.

What can not eat rabbits?

Rabbit feeding must be correct.. And you need to know what can be included in the diet of the animal, and what is absolutely impossible.

The same herbs should be chosen correctly.. So, there are some of its species that can be potentially dangerous to the health of a pet, for example, dope, horsetail and other poisonous plants.

Among other plants that are potentially harmful to animal health are:

Many people don’t recommend giving legume fruits to rabbits, which can cause digestive problems. Other experts say that there is nothing bad in legumes, they can reduce the cost of feeding a rabbit, and, in their opinion, they are easily absorbed by the body.

Strictly also prohibited: the following products:

  • any juicy food to individuals less than 3 months old
  • bread and flour products,
  • any products from the human table,
  • sweets, cookies, chocolate and other sweets,
  • honey and dropsa
  • juice and alcohol,
  • carbonated water,
  • fruits and branches of stone trees, in particular, peaches and apricots,
  • houseplants.

Rabbit feeding and rules

Как уже говорилось, корм для кроликов должен подбираться очень тщательно, для кормления животных в домашних условиях следует правильно подбирать те или иные продукты, а также нужно соблюдать правила кормления.

Если вы являетесь начинающим заводчиком, то лучше в письменном виде для наглядности составлять графики и планы по кормлению. И учтите, что кролики имеют определенные вкусовые предпочтения. Это нужно учитывать, но составляйте рацион так, чтобы в нем, кроме любимых продуктов кролика, присутствовали и другие.

Как правильно составлять меню для кормления кроликов

Корма на основе трав нужно чередовать друг с другом. For example, giving a rabbit all the time plantain or dandelion is constantly impossible. Meals should be broken, for example, by day. In one day, give one type of grass, the next day or two, and so on.

Feed of the combined type are suitable mainly for the winter diet. But in the summer they are not particularly needed, but sometimes they can be given to rabbits in small doses, for example, once a day.

In the cold season, animals need a lot of feed, straw and hay, as well as in advance from the summer of harvested branches of fruit trees. And in order for the rabbits to have enough vitamins, periodically give them a lap branches of coniferous trees, for example:

  • fir,
  • ate
  • pines and others that grow in close proximity.

Also, beginners should follow these rules before giving food for rabbits:

  • any food that is present in the diet of the animal should be introduced gradually, you should watch how the rabbit eats it and how it feels after eating,
  • juicy feed need to chop the potatoes, let's boiled,
  • rabbits need salt, so if you give them mash or boiled root vegetables, do not forget to salt them. Do not forget to prepare for the winter on the basis of grasses and succulent fodder sour mixture.

Feeding regimen and portion size

And despite the fact that rabbits have a physiological feature there is always something to eat, they don't have to give food all the time. From the very beginning they should be accustomed to the fact that you will give food strictly on the clock. So pets will quickly get used to their mode and will eat slowly. And feeding pets strictly in time contributes to the fact that feed will be absorbed better.

Food does not need to be left in bowls. After the animals have eaten, about 20 minutes after eating, the bowls should be removed and washed. Carefully follow the process of eating food. If after feeding the food in the bowls remains, then the future portions need to be reduced. And if, on the contrary, the animals eat up everything and continue to search for food in bowls, then increase the portions.

There are no special formulas regarding the diet and the number of servings, the amount of food depends on many factors:

  • breeds of rabbits,
  • conditions of detention
  • climate.

Know that in cold regions, animals spend more of their energy on heat preservationtherefore need a lot of calories. The average figures are such that per day an adult individual needs a kilogram of greenery.

In addition, the average daily intake rate for rabbits, looks like this:

  • haulm garden crops - about 350 grams,
  • feed (mating and summer) - about 40 grams,
  • feed (winter time), which at this time is the main source of food - 500 grams,
  • root vegetables, vegetables - about a quarter of the daily ration of a rabbit.

Also the animal needs water. An adult needs about a liter of fluid per day, and young animals need about 400 ml per day. When the crawfish feeds on succulent fodder and herbs, it is partially saturated with liquid from these products.

Other nutrition tips and tips

Do not forget that if a pregnant rabbit appears in your household, then it needs large portions of food. In this case, the average amount of food intake should be increased more than twice.

In terms of breeding, rabbits are good because they can be fed to almost everyone. Experts do not recommend giving them products from our table, but some, looking at the needs of pets, still give them vegetable side dishes or soups. But if you decide to do this, remember that products must be fresh and served in small portions.

So, we have reviewed a number of recommendations on how to feed rabbits at home, which will be useful to novice farmers. If you take them into account, your livestock will always be full and healthy.

Of course, to cover every nuance in this regard is very difficult, much will have to comprehend independently in the process of keeping rabbit livestock. But now you know what to feed the rabbits and in what proportions.

Green feed subspecies

Such feed must be harvested during the full nutrient content. It was proved that after a time in this feed the fiber content increases, the amount of natural fat, minerals, protein decreases. Thus there is a deterioration in the digestion of organic matter. Because of this, the nutritional value of the feed deteriorates significantly. The eared organism is poorly absorbed raw fiber and coarse feed. It is best to use wild-growing and seeded grass, residues of gardening waste. Of the seeded specialized crops, cereal grasses are the most valuable and fortified. Every breeder should know what kind of food he needs to feed the rabbit.

Rabbits love:

  • Oats
  • Alfalfa
  • Vika
  • Meadow clover
  • Corn seeds
  • Cuff
  • Dandelion Flowers
  • Plantain
  • Dandelion
  • Coltsfoot
  • Sorrel
  • Tansy
  • Bluegrass
  • Lebeda
  • Hedgehog
  • Chinu
  • Mallow
  • Cane
  • Wild clover
  • Sow thistle
  • Amaranth
  • Avens
  • Blooming Sally
  • Krestovik
  • Lyadvenets
  • Heather
  • Comfrey
  • Hogweed
  • Sage
  • Donniccoollopuh
  • Timothy
  • Mouse polka dots
  • Bedrider
  • Ryegrass
  • Bedstraw

Before flowering, you can give canola. It contains nutrients. Such herbs are designed for active growth of animals.

Also, animals love the tops of the following plants:

  • Beets
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Turnips
  • Fresh carrot
  • Rutabagas
Juveniles do not tolerate dandelion. Therefore, this plant is given in a small dosage.


Such feed - fiber source. It is important to know how many substances are in food. The feed contains protein, all sorts of vitamins and minerals. This type of food is best given to eared fish during the cold period. These include:

  • deciduous feed
  • straw
  • chaff
  • hay
  • bark of young trees

Dry herbs are well preserved at home. They are dried in the shade in a well-blown room. To feed well preserved - it is cut into small twigs 45-55 cm long. Billets are best made from mid-summer.

Juicy types of feed

Such feed consists of 70-85% of water. You need to know how much time and how such food is absorbed by the body. It is easily digested. It contains a number of beneficial microelements, vitamins. The food contains carbohydrates, minerals, fiber, protein. Most foods contain vegetable fats. You can eat juicy food in fresh and cooked form. Properly chosen diet has a positive effect on the health of rabbits. This type of feed includes all types of vegetables, fruits, berries and waste. It is not recommended to stock up such food for storage at home.

Grocery list:

  • Potatoes
  • Fresh juicy carrots
  • Seed squash
  • Cabbage
  • Melon watermelon
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Juicy beets
  • Silage
  • Cucumber
  • An Apple
  • Pear
  • Bulgarian pepper
  • Rowan
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Parsley
  • Dill

Concentrated feed types

The main feeds are concentrates. If such food is properly digested, then various diseases are excluded from the animal. The total consumption of such feed is more than 60%. This feed includes cereals and leguminous crops. They also include oily plants, wastes of industrial crops. This food is rich in minerals, energy, protein, vitamins. It is very convenient to store at home. Before use, feed must be moistened and chopped. If you feed the animals with only one grain - there will be a violation of the digestive system. In the diet should definitely add juicy types of feed.

List of products:

  • Bran
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Corn
  • Cakes and meal
  • Acorns
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Also, rabbits can be fed feed.

Vitamins and Minerals

Such substances are considered as catalysts for basic biochemical reactions. A deficiency can lead to a breakdown of immunity and pathological changes.. There is a slowdown in animals. The body itself can produce vital vitamins. But most of them should come with food. It is important to remember that an overdose can cause great harm to the body. You need to know how much and in what quantities minerals should enter the rabbit.

Products contain retinolvitamin A. With a deficiency, the nervous system fails. Rabbits may go blind, they may appear dry eyes. Newborn rabbits are fed by females. It is in breast milk contains a large amount of vitamin. Adults receive retinol with green fodder and hay. Vitamin B responsible for digestion and circulatory system. Contained in bran, fresh carrots, potatoes, green algae. Vitamin C rich in vegetable and green food. With a shortage of rabbits give ascorbic acid. Every person needs to know how many milligrams are diluted in a hundred liters of water. On such a volume will be enough 30 grams.

Of minerals, rabbits are needed:

Minerals are found in legumes, whole grains, vegetables, green fodder. For rapid growth and weight gain, various chemical additives are added. But they can affect the quality of the meat. It is best to fatten animals with green herbs. This type of feeding contains the necessary amount of nutrients.

Quick weight gain

In winter, rabbits gain weight more intensively. In the cold season they are less active. When around, fewer rabbits are born. They are born the largest and healthiest. For quick weight gain, you need to increase the amount of concentrated feed. The main products that increase weight are:

  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Stale bread
  • Kale
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Bean grass
  • Face hay
  • Cake
  • Bran
  • Carrot

It is necessary to reduce the supply of roughage.. Whole milk can be added to the diet. It is recommended to cook porridge on milk. The weight of animals is also affected by boiled potatoes mixed with flax seeds, wheat bran, wheat, greens, and mixed feed.

Features of feeding at home

The main feature of feeding is the fact that teeth grow very quickly in a rabbit. The animal must constantly grind them. For this we need rough feed, solid fresh carrots, potatoes. It is best to have eared teeth grind their teeth on the chalk. This product contains essential trace elements. The daily dose for an adult rabbit - 1 gr.

It is important to know how many times a day rabbits should eat.. Adults eat twice a day. You should also know how many times to feed the rodents. In hot weather, this should also be done twice a day, in winter - once. Pregnant and lactating females need to be fed additionally. Read how to feed lactating females here. During this period they need to increase the dosage of food. Experienced breeders recommend leaving food in feeders. It is best that the feeders are not removable. Rabbits themselves decide how much food they need to use for active growth.

  • Newborn rabbits feed on breast milk almost constantly. The number of approaches can be 5-6 times a day. Children should not be allowed to eat chalk or salt. This will adversely affect their health.
  • 1,2-3 months old rabbits are fed 2-3 times a day. They need minerals and vitamins. The most favorite delicacy is green grass.
  • Dwarf breeds require special attention. They need pure mineral or spring water. They love juicy feed. It is best to feed such animals with cucumbers, cabbage and fresh carrots. You can add to the diet of young tree bark. It is also allowed to feed animals feed.
  • Lop-eared rabbit can be fed with birch leaves, young nettle, St. John's wort, cucumbers. Feeding allowed feed.
  • The California rabbit needs protein amino acids. Since this breed is very nimble - they need a lot of energy. Animals take energy from carbohydrates and fats that are found in green and succulent feeds.
Properly chosen diet affects the health of the animal. Due to good nutrition, rabbit hair should be bright and silky. Animals should not break their nails and teeth.

Differences in diet in summer and winter

In spring and summer, rabbit needs green grass. Thanks to this feed, they will receive the right amount of vitamins. It is important to take into account that the herbs are always different. At this time should be given a large amount of water. With a lack of moisture, rabbits can start to hurt. In the cold period, it is necessary to increase the caloric content of food. Green fodder is replaced by hay and mixed fodder. Water must be warm. Otherwise, animals may catch a cold. It is not allowed to freeze the food in the animal feeders. Newborn and 1-month-old rabbits are fed exclusively with mother's milk. The diet of babies should not differ from the season.

How to feed?

Best of all, food is balanced. For, to calculate the correct diet - you need to know the size of the animal, the state of health and age. For these factors, the daily requirement of nutrients and vitamins is calculated. Choosing the right diet affects the health, growth and fertility of the animal.

Winter feeding ration structure

It is important to know how many grams of feed should be given in winter.

Adult female and male during rest:

  • Rough food - 145-155 gr.
  • Compound feed - 55-65 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 145-155 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1 gr. in a day.

Adult female and male during intercourse:

  • Rough food - 145-155 gr.
  • Compound feed - 75-85 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 195-205 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1 gr. in a day.

Suckling female:

  • Rough food - 245-255 gr.
  • Compound feed - 85-95 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 295-305 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1 gr. in a day.

Female after hickered on the suction (first 2 weeks):

  • Rough food - 195-205 gr.
  • Compound feed - 95-105 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 395-405 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1.5 gr. in a day.

The female after a chop on a suction. Additional feed for newborns:

  • Rough food - 15-20 gr.
  • Compound feed - 10-15 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 35-45 gr.
  • Chalk and salt are excluded.

Youngsters that have reached 2-3 months:

  • Rough food - 55-85 gr.
  • Compound feed - 30-45 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 95-155 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 0.5 gr. in a day.

Youngsters who have reached 3-4 months:

  • Rough food - 95-105 gr.
  • Compound feed - 50-65 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 295-305 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 0.6 gr. in a day.

Youngsters that have reached 4-5 months:

  • Rough food - 145-155 gr.
  • Compound feed - 75-85 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 345-355 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1 gr. in a day.

Fattening animals:

  • Rough food - 145-155 gr.
  • Compound feed - 95-125 gr.
  • Vegetables / fruits - 95-155 gr.
  • Chalk and salt - 1 gr. in a day.

Summer feeding pattern

It is important to know how many grams of feed you need to give in the summer.

Adult female and male during rest:

  • Fresh grass - 595-705 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 25-35 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.5 gr. in a day.

Adult female and male during intercourse:

  • Fresh grass - 755-805 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 35-45 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.5 gr. in a day.

Suckling female:

  • Fresh grass - 795-805 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 55-75 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.5 gr. in a day.

Female after hickered on the suction (first 2 weeks):

  • Fresh grass - 855-905 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 75-105 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.75 g each. in a day.

The female after a chop on a suction. Additional feed for newborns:

  • Fresh grass - 65-105 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 7-11 grams.
  • Salt and chalk are excluded.

Youngsters that have reached 2-3 months:

  • Fresh grass - 295-305 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 15-30 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.25 g each. in a day.

Youngsters who have reached 3-4 months:

  • Fresh grass - 495-505 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 40-55 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.25 g each. in a day.

Youngsters that have reached 4-5 months:

  • Fresh grass - 555-560 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 80-100 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.25 g each. in a day.

Fattening animals:

  • Fresh grass - 195-205 gr.
  • Concentrated feed - 145-185 gr.
  • Salt and chalk - 0.5 gr. in a day.

You can cook at home zernosmes for feeding the rabbit (see video)

What can not feed

List of prohibited herbs:

  • Mate
  • Dope
  • Henbane
  • Colchicum
  • Raven eye
  • Spurge
  • Hellebore
  • Lily of the valley
  • Digitalis
  • Larkspur
  • Poisonous milestone

To make rabbits healthy - you need to limit the consumption of red beets and nuts. As a complementary food do not give tops of tomatoes. When eating sorghum and Sudanese in animals, the digestive tract fails. Ushastik with pleasure eat corn seeds. But in this product are carbohydrates. In the stomach of animals, they cause fermentation processes. Because of this, breeders must limit the flow of water. This is especially true of newborn rabbits that are not yet adapted to life. Also such animals are prohibited sweets and other sweets.

Potatoes need to feed the rabbits carefully. Potato tops can be in the diet of the animal. But it must be administered in small doses. Harvested tops a week before the harvest itself. It can be used in dried and fresh form. Only after the body becomes accustomed to it, 14-16% of the whole green mass is replaced with tops. Fresh potatoes are fed only during the fattening period. The starch in the vegetable is designed for quick weight gain. Potatoes contain solanine - a very toxic substance. Therefore, the tuber must be cleaned. On the day you must give no more than one piece.

Carbohydrates and starch contained in bread contribute to obesity. It is best to give loaves of bread to rabbits who are fattened with final fattening. Oats, barley, wheat, buckwheat, rice must first be soaked. Do not give eared raw cereals and fatten them dry grain. Legumes have a good effect on the health of animals. Но необходимо ограничить их количество. Можно давать яблоки. Но их must be cleaned of seeds, as they contain the dangerous substance amygdalin. When feeding pork feed, food should be unsalted. It should contain as little dust as possible. Cabbage, pumpkin and zucchini are great for a mixed diet of rabbits. Pine and other conifers contain vitamins. But Do not give needles in large quantities.

Green food

This type includes freshly cut grass and garden greens. They are fed from early spring to late autumn. This food all summer should be plentiful. It helps to reduce the cost of production of rabbit meat, but also they get a full diet of vitamins and trace elements necessary for active growth and reproduction. Fresh grass before feeding should be slightly dried in the sun.

If you have a small livestock, the green feed conveyor can be provided from the dacha. To do this, select a few small places for sowing alfalfa, peas, sainfoin, a mixture of wiki with peas, oats, rye, or wheat. Oats and peas are planted in the middle of March and thus receive early greens. Rabbits willingly eat corn.

Also from the garden it is useful to give tops from root crops, except for potato and tomato. Dill, celery, horseradish and rhubarb are well eaten. Wherein dandelion and dill are useful for giving to rabbits when feeding rabbits with milk. Useful for vegetable gardens and rabbits. Weed feeding: dandelion, wheat grass (with roots), colza, sow thistle, nettle.

Garden greens before feeding should be washed from the ground. Do not give rotten and too wet greens, - this will lead to disease and death of animals.

Rabbits eating green food.

In the event that a farm with a large population, then of course you need to mow meadow grass.

Of these, aromatic and bitter herbs will be helpful:

They improve the digestion of animals. They should not be given to lactating females, the milk will be bitter and the rabbits may abandon it, which will lead to death.

The list, what can not be fed rabbits:

These herbs should not be given to beasts. They are poisonous when fresh. When dried, the toxicity of these herbs is lost in whole or in part.

The transition to summer, green animal fattening should take place gradually. It should be given at first in small portions and as the habituation is increased, increase the portions.

Rough food

What kind of grass can be given to rabbits? Dried useful herbs, that is, hay, straw, branches of trees and shrubs.

Hay - an important source of checkers. It is required to improve the digestion of rabbits. The best hay is considered - meadow, steppe. In the meadows grows a large number of useful, medicinal herbs. Clover, alfalfa, chamomile, yarrow, mouse polka, medunits and many others.

It has a great nutritional value for fattening rabbits. It is given in the period from late autumn to early spring. Properly dried grass has a fragrant smell and green color. Billet rate:

  • per adult - 40 kg,
  • for young animals up to 5 months of age - 10-15 kg.

For harvesting hay, grass is mowed by hand, with a walk-behind tractor or a mini-tractor with a trailed mower. After she lies in the sun and dries, it should be collected and folded in the stacks, which should subsequently be placed under a canopy.

Harvested coarse feed for rabbits.

If there is no such, they are put on a specially designated place near the rabbit house, under the open sky and at the top of the head they pull a cap of plastic film. It is securely fastened so as not to be blown away. The film protects the hay from moisture and mold.

Since rabbits need to constantly grind the incisors, they are given branches of some tree species. For this fit:

  • birch,
  • lime,
  • aspen,
  • maple,
  • poplar,
  • hornbeam,
  • willow,
  • cornel,
  • ash trees,
  • elm,
  • verbal,
  • pear,
  • apple trees,
  • acacia.

What to feed the rabbits so that they gain weight? It is useful to feed pine, spruce and juniper needles. It is cut from the branches and dried. This is an excellent source of vitamins such as: C, E and B vitamins, as well as carotene. Given at the rate of 150-300 grams per 1 kg of live weight. As with any food, rabbits need to be taught to the needles gradually. Start with small doses and gradually increase to normal.

It is not recommended to feed branches to rabbits: elderberry, rushin, broom, bird-cherry, wild rosemary, as well as branches of the wolfberry. Many stone fruit trees contain harmful substances for animals. These include:

According to the nutritional value, spruce feed is equal to meadow hay. Thin, dried branches with leaves are rich in amino acids, protein, carotene. They have a high content of fats and minerals.

Device for feeding and keeping rabbits

This feed is fed all year round. It is especially useful in winter and during the transition from winter feed to summer. If you have not harvested enough hay, then they can be replaced by half the diet.

Daily rate per rabbit:

  • in the winter - 150-200 grams,
  • in the summer - 200-300 grams.

In this case, they need to feed the branches of oak and alder. But feeding a large number of birch branches should not get carried away. May cause kidney inflammation.

To properly prepare the branches, they must be cut with a thickness of not more than 1 cm. The billet is produced in the month of June in July, when they have the greatest nutritional value. Cut branches should be bundled and tied with a cord. Hang in the shade to dry.

Succulent feed

The structure of succulent feed contains a lot of structured water (70-80%). Because of this, they are easily digested and digested by the body. Same they are the source of such beneficial substancesas: fiber, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vegetable fats. Rabbits are fed:

  • beet fodder and sugar,
  • potatoes (preferably boiled and in the form of a mash with mixed fodder),
  • pumpkin,
  • carrots
  • squash,
  • Jerusalem artichoke,
  • pumpkin,
  • watermelon fodder,
  • fodder cabbage (in limited quantities),
  • silage

This is not the entire list of succulent feed eaten by animals. What is useful for rabbits each of the products of this list and what they like more?

Succulent feed for eating in the countryside

Potatoes have few vitamins, but it is rich in starch, which is easily digested and digested. Moreover, it is the most common vegetable garden.

Carrots are rich in vitamins, essential oils, minerals and fatty acids. When it is fed in animals, an increase in appetite is observed. Distribute to animals raw whole or sliced.

Is it possible to give zucchini to rabbits? Zucchini is primarily a nutritious vegetable. It has a lot of structured water, which is useful for animals. Take into account the fact that when feeding this vegetable drinking water in drinkers should be limited. Zucchini is suitable for the manufacture of silage, which is fed to animals in winter. Vegetable fed in the summer and autumn. Until spring it is poorly stored.

Can rabbits be given a pumpkin? According to its properties similar to zucchini. It has a lot of vitamins. Carotene. Therefore, feeding this vegetable is beneficial for the organism of animals. You can give from autumn to spring, as it is well stored in winter. Before feeding, cut into pieces.

Cabbage is eaten by rabbits with pleasure, but must be given in limited quantities. Because after it, animals have bloating. Therefore, they need to be accustomed to this type of feed gradually. Cabbage contains many vitamins, water, fiber and trace elements necessary for active growth and reproduction.

Jerusalem artichoke

This vegetable goes to feed the tubers, as well as green mass. You can feed animals up to the frost because it grows for a long time. Feeding tubers is an excellent prophylactic against intestinal diseases. To improve digestion.

The peculiarity of the vegetable is that it does not need to dig. He is very tolerant of frost and can be dug out in the spring and fed to animals. At the same time, it does not lose its beneficial properties.

The feed is only sugar or fodder. It improves blood composition. The composition of such useful for animal substances: sugar, proteins, fats and trace elements. The beet plant is laid in a silo, and the tubers are fed 50 grams per day per adult rabbit.

Rabbits eating apples

Vegetable and watermelon peels

Animals can be fed many wastes from the table, but can they be given watermelon peels, especially decorative ones? They eat small potatoes and peels, cabbage leaves, melon and watermelon rinds. After preparing winter salads, a lot of waste remains, which can also be fed to animals. They are well eaten with dried crusts of bread, but don’t give sweet flour to rabbits.

Correct Concentrated Feed

Concentrated feeds include cereals (oats, wheat, barley, corn), animal feed and waste. They are high in calories, rich in protein and minerals, but they are low in vitamins.

Before feeding, they are crushed and moistened, except whole grains. From grain the best is considered for feeding oats. It normalizes intestinal activity in rabbits. Oats are given to rats by producers, young rabbits up to 3 months of age and females. When fattening with wheat and barley, they grow fat. Therefore, these grains give in small quantities to young animals for fattening.

It is fed whole, flattened or shattered.

Corn is more nutritious than oats, but tough for rabbits, so it is soaked, crushed. Sometimes fed corn porridge. More often it is mixed with other feeds. It should not exceed half the norm of the mixture.

It is used for fattening, as it is very nutritious. This food is not only possible, but also should be eaten by young rabbits. It is given in crushed or flattened out.

They contain phosphorus. And:

  • 13% protein,
  • 5% fat
  • 60% nitrogen-free extractive substance,
  • 7% fiber.

It is fed in a mix with a green grass, a rough and juicy forage.

Popular feed to use. It can be incompletely (loose) and complete (granular). Granulated feed is a balanced diet for animals. In these foods add vitamins, trace elements, as well as can be with antibiotics and drugs.

The prepared and pressed compound feed for rabbits

When feeding by frontiers, a quick average daily increase occurs.. He is:

  • from 60-100 days - 35 grams,
  • from 100-135 days - 30 grams.

For the feeding of rabbits, granulated feed is produced in two types:

  • PC 90-1 - designed for feeding from 1 month to 6 months,
  • PK 93-1 - for rabbits up to 3 months, as well as used in fattening before slaughter.

Cake and meal
It is used in steamed form and used in a mixture with potatoes or mixed feed. Rich in iron and phosphorus. In use comes cake from soybean, flax, sunflower and hemp. Cotton cake is not used. It contains gossypol, this substance is poisonous to rabbits.

Meals contain less fat compared to the cake, but it is also rich in protein. In the feed used meal of flax, sunflower, soy.

For feeding rabbits, including dry fodder yeast and hydrolysis, beet pulp are used. They are given in mixture with other feeds.

From the above it is clear that rabbits for active growth and reproduction require a variety of food. It must be balanced and complete. Especially since any rabbit breeder can do this. The rate and composition of feed differs from the seasonality of the year. In the summer, the rabbits are given more green and juicy feed, and in the winter - juicy, concentrated and coarse feed.

Rabbits eating oats

Food laid out in special feeders. They are made and installed so that the rabbits do not have the opportunity to trample. Root vegetables must be cleaned of contamination. It is not necessary to give moldy or rotten food to animals.

How to feed animals in summer: herbs, vegetables, watermelons

Summer feeding of rabbits is fundamentally different from winter. This season they are given more green and juicy feed, which consists of mowed grass, branch feed, root crops and fresh vegetables. A small proportion of the diet consists of concentrated feed. So, what to feed the rabbits in the summer in the village or personal farm:

Rabbit for fattening:

  • herbs - 700 grams,
  • concentrated feed - 70 grams,

Males and females on vacation:

  • herbs - 700 grams,
  • conc. feed - 30 grams.

Males on bonding:

  • herbs - 800 grams,
  • conc. feed - 40 grams.

Suckling rabbits:

  • herbs - 800 grams,
  • concentration feed - 50 grams.

Young suckling rabbits:

  • herbs - 900 grams,
  • concentration feed - 50 grams.

Nursing rabbits - first half:

  • herbs - 1200 grams,
  • conc. feed - 70 grams.

Nursing rabbits - the second half + on the baby:

  • herbs - 80 grams,
  • conc. feed - 6 grams.

Juveniles from 1 month to 2:

  • herbs - 300 grams,
  • conc. feed - 20 grams,
  • salt - 0.5 grams.

Youngsters from 3 months to 4:

  • - herbs - 500 grams,
  • - conc. feed - 45 grams.

Youngsters from 5 months to 7:

  • - herbs - 600 grams,
  • - conc. feed - 55 grams.

If branches are used in feed and succulent feed, the grass cottage is cut in half. Grass should be dried. Salt is best given to the cells of rabbit in the form of lick, so they can control their own need for it.

Summer feeding rabbits on the lawn

What kind of food to give in the winter so that they can gain weight?

In winter, rabbits for heating should eat better feed. Therefore, at this time the rate of concentrated and roughage increases. In addition, they are given root crops, silage. Consumption rates of different groups.

Feeding bunnies:

  • roughage (hay) - 150 grams,
  • root crops - 500 grams,
  • concentrates - 80 grams.

Males and females on vacation:

  • roughage - 150 grams,
  • root vegetables - 150 grams,
  • concentrates - 40 grams.

Males in mating:

  • roughage - 150 grams,
  • root vegetables - 200 grams,
  • concentrates - 55 grams.

Suckling females:

  • rough food - 180 grams,
  • root vegetables - 200 grams,
  • concentrates - 60 grams.

Young suckling females:

  • roughage - 250 grams,
  • root crops - 300 grams,
  • concentrates - 70 grams.

Nursing females in the first half:

  • - roughage - 200 grams,
  • - root crops - 400 grams,
  • - concentrates - 90 grams.

Nursing females in the second half + on the baby:

  • rough food - 12 grams,
  • root crops - 5 grams,
  • concentrates - 7 grams.

Juveniles from 1 month to 2:

  • roughage - 50 grams,
  • root vegetables - 150 grams,
  • concentrates - 35 grams.

Youngsters from 3 months to 4:

  • roughage - 100 grams,
  • root crops - 300 grams,
  • concentrates - 55 grams.

Youngsters from 5 months to 7:

  • roughage - 150 grams,
  • root crops - 350 grams,
  • concentrates - 75 grams.
Winter feeding rabbits in the pen

Diet rabbits in the village or on a personal farm

In order to make the diet of rabbits you need to take into account the time of year, what is the weight and age of the animal. As well as its physiological state. The rate of feeding is derived from the nutrient content in the feed:

  • feed unit
  • protein,
  • trace elements
  • vitamins.

In the daily diet should be present all the nutrients at the rate of feeding. During physiological dormancy, animals need nourishing food less than suckling and nursing females, as well as young calves.

Rabbit breeders in the preparation of the diet should be borne in mind that for animals grown for meat the number of proteins increases, and the fattening period decreases. Those who want to get a quality skin ration should calculate the opposite. Harm to health does not bring the feeding of grass and hay. They can be given without restriction, but the rest of the feed should be given at the rate and according to the regime.

Feeding regime at home

Rabbit feeding mode must be observed, because with the timely distribution of food they begin to produce gastric juice, which is known to help better digest and process food. They grow and develop better. They approach the feeders at least 80 times, they often eat, but little by little.

Suppose a female during lactation and babies up to 2.5 months need to be fed 4 times a day. Young adults and adults need 2 x - 3 x times. Read more about winter and summer feeding of animals.

Feeding the rabbit in nature. The need to comply with the regime.

Winter: three meals a day:

At 8 am - we give half the rate of concentrates and hay,

In 12 days - give the roots,

At 17 in the evening - the second half of the concentrates and full norms of hay and branches.

Winter: 4 meals a day:

At 6 am - ⅓ concentrates and ¼ hay,

At 11 days - ½ root vegetables, ⅓ concentrates,

At 16 pm - ½ root vegetables, ½ hay,

At 19 pm - ¼ sen, ⅓ concentrates.

At night, the animals feed in the feeder sprig feed.

Summer: 3 meals a day:

At 6 in the morning - full of concentrates and the third part of the norm grass,

At 15 days - the third part of the green food norm,

At 19 pm - full feed concentrates, a third of green fodder, as well as branch feed.

Summer: 4 times a day feeding:

At 6 am - the third part of the concentrates, the sixth part of the grass,

At 11 am - the third part of the concentrate, the sixth part of the green feed,

At 16 pm - full grass,

At 19 pm - the third part of the concentrate, the sixth part from the norm of green fodder and branches.

Vitamin and mineral supplements for rapid growth

In the summer, rabbits have enough vitamins in green grass and vegetables, but closer to spring, their reserves in the body run low and need to be replenished.

To replenish vitamin A and D, rabbit is injected into the feed fish oil or oil concentrate in ampoules.

  • little rabbit - 0.5 grams,
  • adults - 1 gram,
  • suckling and nursing females - 3 grams.

Vitamin E deficiency can be replenished:

  • green hay
  • пекарскими дрожжами,
  • пророщенным зерном,
  • аптечными препаратами.

В рацион вводят костную муку:

  • кальций 32 процента,
  • фосфор 15 процентов.

Костную золу:

  • calcium 35 percent
  • phosphorus 16 percent.

Chalk: calcium 40 percent.

Vitamins and mineral supplements for rabbits.

Salt is also important for rabbits. The consumption rate for young stock is from 0.5 to 1 gram per day. For adults from 1 to 1.5 grams. For fattening rabbits, the rate is increased to 3 grams. Since it is difficult to distribute such doses, it is more convenient to give salt in the form of a lick. Spread salt pebbles in places not accessible for trampling. Thus, the rabbits themselves control the rate of salt intake.

What can not eat rabbits?

So, what can we feed the rabbits we disassembled. We turn to the question that it is impossible to give the rabbits under any circumstances. These animals have a weak stomach with weak muscles. It should always be food and water. Their digestive process is designed so that food is pushed by food and therefore, to avoid digestive problems you should not keep them hungry.

It is also not recommended to give sour, salty or sweet food. From freshly cut grass they have a swelling of the intestines. Before feeding, it must be withered in the sun. When mowing, pay attention to the presence of toxic herbs. Root crops should not be given with contamination. Wash them before giving.

Not all plants are good for feeding animals. An excessive amount of cabbage may cause intestinal upset. Buttercup caught in the grass leads to diarrhea, poisoning and bloating. Dangerous flower such as chamber. Causes paralysis of the animal.

This family includes aconite. The animal has a strong drooling, convulsive state and slows the pulse.. Poisoning with this plant leads to the death of eared fish. From marsh marigolds they have a violation in the work of the kidneys. You can not feed the rabbits with toxic plants:

  • hemming
  • mustard
  • colza
  • digitalis,
  • dope
  • spurting
  • Colchic and many others.

Farmers raising rabbits on a farm brings a good income. If feeding is organized properly, then there are no diseases of the digestive system.

A balanced diet contributes to the active development and breeding of rabbits.
And finally, a small video on the topic of how to feed rabbits in winter:

Rabbit Feed Groups

Mammals of the hare family in no case should not starve. Inadequate or improper feeding can become not only the reason for the slowdown of growth processes and diseases, but also can provoke the death of an animal.

It is interesting! A characteristic feature of rabbit digestion is a very poorly developed gastric and intestinal muscles, therefore, all food moves inside the digestive tract not by means of muscle contractions, but pushed by a new portion of food.

There are four main groups of rabbit feeds that make it easy to provide the animal with a complete and balanced diet: coarse, green, concentrates and succulent feeds. Green fodder is used mainly in spring and summer, and can be presented:

  • wild herbs,
  • grains, legumes and leguminous crops,
  • vegetable tops, including the above-ground part of Jerusalem artichoke, turnip, swede, sugar and fodder beet,
  • fodder cabbage.

It is best to take away the plots on which clover, alfalfa, lupine, vetch, oats, winter rye, barley and corn are sown independently. Cereal, legumes and legume-cereal grasses contain a significant amount of proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals.

However, as the practice of rabbit breeding shows, the giving of green fodder should be carried out in mixtures, which will reduce the risk of meteorism in the rabbit. It is important to remember that tomato tops are absolutely contraindicated to rabbits, and potato tops can be used, but with very great care. It should also be borne in mind that beet tops have a laxative effect, so its amount in the total green mass should be minimal.

No less important for proper digestion are roughage, which should be a quarter of the diet.. This category includes hay and tree branches that need to be harvested in spring and summer, as well as grass meal. Grass hay mowed to flowering, and dried first under the sun, and then under a ventilated canopy. Store roughage should be in dry rooms, on special wooden flooring. Twig feed:

  • linden branches,
  • maple branches,
  • willow branches,
  • willow branches,
  • acacia branches,
  • poplar branches,
  • rowan branches,
  • aspen branches,
  • ash branches,
  • elm branches,
  • oak branches,
  • branches of lilac,
  • apple branches,
  • raspberry branches,
  • pear branches,
  • hazel.

In a small amount allowed to feed the branches of birch, plum, cherry and sweet cherry. Branches from such plants as bird cherry, elder, wolf's bark, apricot, buckthorn and wild rosemary are absolutely unsuitable. In winter, the diet is supplemented with fresh branches of coniferous trees.

Particular attention should be paid to the juicy feeds represented by root crops and silage, including watermelons, pumpkin, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, kouziku, beets and zucchini. Any succulent feed is very well eaten by rabbits and is almost completely digested. Very high-grade and highly nutritious silage is represented by a mixture based on beets, carrots and cabbage, with the addition of tops.

Concentrated feed, represented by cereals, grains of leguminous crops, cuts, meal, meal, compound feed and animal feed, have the greatest nutritional value. Such mixtures have a high energy value due to the large amount of proteins and the minimum amount of water. Valuable crops include oats, corn, barley, wheat, sorghum and rye, as well as peas, lentils, beans and soybeans. Oats are given whole, crushed or rolled. Wheat, sorghum, rye and barley are pre-crushed and mixed into other foods. The amount of wheat should be limited.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

As a rule, the lack of vitamins and minerals is observed in rabbits in the winter and early spring. There are several vitamin-mineral complexes that are used very successfully by rabbit breeders:

  • "Chiktonik" - includes about three dozen vitamins and basic amino acids. The drug is given a five-day course, every month, at the rate of 1 ml per liter of pure water,
  • Prodevit is a vitamin complex designed for weak animals suffering from an ulcer, rickets, liver diseases, as well as pathology of mucous membranes. The drug is available in the form for injection and oral administration,
  • "E-Selen" is a drug intended for the correction of disorders of development and growth, with the exacerbation of infectious diseases, treatment of poisoning and other pathologies. Available in a form for injection and oral use.

Mineral supplements, represented by mineral stones: “Chika” and Carly, have proven themselves very well. You can also use "Bio-iron", supplemented with basic trace elements, and vitamin-mineral supplement "Ushastik."

What and how to feed the rabbit in the summer

Feeding in the summer is very different from the main winter diet. A special feature is a significant amount of green and succulent fodder:

  • 700g grass and 70g of concentrated feed are given to fattening rabbits,
  • 700g of grass and 30g of concentrated feed are given to males and females on vacation,
  • 800g of grass and 40g of concentrated feed are given to males on mating,
  • 800g of grass and 50g of concentrated feed are given to the sucker rabbits,
  • 900 kg of grass and 50g of concentrated feed are given to young sukrolny rabbits,
  • 1200g of grass and 70g of concentrated feed are given to lactating bunnies,
  • 300g grass and 20g concentrated feed are given to young animals aged one to two months,
  • young animals aged three to four months are given 500g of grass and 45g of concentrated feed,
  • young animals aged five to six months are given 600g of grass and 55g of concentrated feed.

It is important to remember that when giving a branch and succulent feed, the amount of grass is reduced by exactly half.

Important! Grass is required before giving the rabbit necessarily podvyalivat, and the salt is best laid out in cages in the form of stone-lick.

What and how to feed the rabbit in winter

In winter, special attention is paid to the nutritional value of feed, due to the need to maintain an optimal diet in conditions of freezing weather. The rate of giving food varies depending on the age and condition of the rabbit:

  • 150g of forage, 500g of root crops and 80g of concentrated feed are given to fattening individuals,
  • males and females on vacation are given 150g of rough feed in the form of hay, 150g of root crops and 40g of concentrated feed,
  • males are given 150g of rough feed, 200g of root crops and 55g of concentrated feed,
  • 180g of rough feed, 200g of root crops and 60g of concentrated feed are given to the suckling rabbit,
  • 250g of rough forage in the form of hay, 300g of root crops and 70g of concentrated forage are given to young suckle females,
  • nursing females are given 200g of rough feed, 400g of root crops and 90g of concentrated feed,
  • young animals aged one to two months are given 50g of rough feed, 150g of root crops and 35g of concentrated feed,
  • youngsters aged three to four months are given 100g of roughage, 300g of root crops and 55g of concentrated feed,
  • young animals aged five to six months are given 150g of roughage, 350g of root crops and 75g of concentrated feed.

Waste production, represented by bran, meal, cake and dry pulp, as well as malt sprouts, which have a fairly high nutritional value, are also very well suited for winter feeding.

General feeding rules mode

In order to properly provide the rabbit with good nutrition, it is necessary to remember that such an animal has certain digestive characteristics. The feeding regime must be observed very strictly, since only timely distribution of feed contributes to the correct production of gastric juice. As practice shows, the rabbit can come to the trough more than fifty times a day, so the food of such animals is often consumed, but in small amounts.

The number of dachas and the feeding regime vary. For example, females during lactation, as well as rabbits under the age of two months, need to provide four meals a day. It is enough to feed the young and adult individuals two or three times a day. Approximate diet depending on age and season.

Three meals a day in winter:

  • morning cottage feed - half of the daily rate of concentrated feed and hay,
  • day cottage feed - root vegetables,
  • Evening cottage feed - half the daily rate of concentrated feed and half the rate of hay or twigs.

Four meals in winter:

  • morning cottage feed - a third of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and a quarter of the total daily rate of hay,
  • the first day dacha feed - one third of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and half of the total daily rate of root crops,
  • the second day dacha feed - half of the total daily norm of root crops and half of the total daily norm of hay,
  • evening dacha feed - a quarter of the total daily rate of hay and a third of the total daily rate of concentrated feed.

Regardless of the number of feedings, for the night, the rabbits definitely need to lay in the feeder cage a sufficient amount of branch feed.

Three meals in the summer:

  • morning dacha feed - half of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and a third of the total daily rate of grass,
  • daily giving of feed - the third part of the total daily allowance of green feed,
  • Evening dacha feed - half of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and a third of the total daily rate of grass, branch feed.

Four meals in summer:

  • morning dacha feed - the third part of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and one sixth of the total daily rate of grass,
  • the first day dacha feed - one third of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and one sixth of the total daily rate of grass,
  • the second day dacha feed - half of the total daily allowance of grass,
  • evening dacha feed - one third of the total daily rate of concentrated feed and one sixth of the total daily rate of grass, sprig feed.

A very important condition for proper feeding is the constant availability of clean and fresh water in cages.. Water should not freeze in winter or heat up too much in summer.

How to fatten a rabbit

Young animals are selected for fattening, their age is 2.5 months, as well as adult rejected individuals. The fattening period is about a month, but may vary depending on the indicators of the fatness of the animal and its age characteristics. The whole feed consists of the preparatory, main and final stages.

At the first stage, which lasts five to six days, the usual ration is slightly supplemented by concentrated feeds, represented by feed, cereals and legumes, as well as herbs. In the second stage, which lasts eight days, the animals are fed feed that can stimulate the deposition of fat. For this purpose, you can use boiled potatoes with the addition of animal feed or wheat bran, corn kernels, peas, flax or hemp seeds, oats and barley, wheat and cake. It is also advisable in this period to enter into the diet a small amount of milk.

At the final, weekly stage, appetite is stimulated by adding dill, parsley and cumin to the feed. Also during this period, it is necessary to completely eliminate the cottage of hay and increase the total daily volume of concentrated feed.

It is interesting! Rapid weight gain contributes to the restriction of physical activity, so during the fattening period, the cage in which the animal is placed should be as close as possible.

Feeding sukrolny and nursing rabbits

Only with the right ration of feeding the suckle and lactating rabbit, can viable, well-developed and high-quality offspring be obtained. At the stage of sukololnost it is important to provide mineral nutrition as competently as possible, therefore the rabbit is given one and a half grams of bone meal or chalk, as well as a gram of table salt daily.

In winter, the daily ration should consist of 150-200g of high-quality hay, 50-60g of concentrated feed and 200-225g of succulent feed.. In summer, the rabbit diet may consist of: 800-1000g of fresh grass and 40-50g of concentrated feed. Regardless of the time of year, each sukrolnaya rabbit is necessarily given about 5-8 g of meat and bone meal or fish meal.

The rapid growth and development of baby rabbits are explained by the high nutritional value of the milk of the female, therefore, the lactating animal should be provided with proper feeding. From the moment of akol and up to the sixteenth day, females are given 1400g of grass in the summer + 40g of concentrates, and in winter about 250g of hay + 300g of juicy feed + 80g of concentrated feed.

From the sixteenth day, in the summer, 100g of grass + 5g of concentrated feed is added, and in winter, 20g of hay + 20g of succulent feed + 7g of concentrated feed per each rabbit born.

Feeding young rabbits

It is desirable to set down baby rabbits at the age of one and a half months, which minimizes mortality among the young. Any new feed is introduced in doses and gradually. In order to make the adaptation as easy as possible, a few drops of group B vitamins are added to the drinking water. The diet of young rabbits should be presented:

  • dried grass or high-quality hay,
  • boiled potatoes
  • pumpkin or zucchini, carrots,
  • powdered milk
  • vitamin and mineral complexes in winter,
  • herbal flour,
  • oats,
  • wetted feed,
  • bone and fish meal,
  • obratom.

A good result gives the supplement of the daily diet of such plants as chicory, chamomile, yarrow and burdock, as well as spruce feed. Since the age of four months, the diet is gradually changing by reducing the proportion of combined feed. In the winter period, 10-20% of hay, 55-60% of mixed feed and 20-30% of succulent feed are given. In summer, the ration should consist of 30-40% of dried herbs and 60-70% of concentrated feed. Daily recommended to enter into the diet of fish oil in the amount of 0.5 grams.

Feeding ornamental rabbits

Decorative rabbits - the most real rodents, in need of mandatory grinding of teeth, the poet to the question of choosing a diet, the owner of such a pet should be approached very responsibly. The basis of nutrition should be hay and grass. Such products are perfectly digested by animals, so not only adults, but also very small rabbits can eat them.

Wild plants such as burdock, white clover, dandelion leaves, sow thistle and tansy are best suited for feeding. Plants should alternate, which has a positive effect on the digestion of the animal.

Succulent feeds are given to decorative rabbits in boiled or raw form. In addition to carrots, it is desirable to diversify the pet's diet with green beans, apples, fresh cucumbers, sugar or table beets, pears, and pea pods. Очень хороший результат даёт смешивание овощей и фруктов с отрубями или перемолотыми грубыми кормами. Свёкла и капуста даются кроликам в ограниченном количестве, а вот фрукты, овощи, арбузные и дынные корки домашнее животное может употреблять вволю. Особое значение придаётся концентрированным кормам, включая овес и рожь, а также кукурузу.

To grind the teeth, a branch feed or special grain sticks with basic microelements are given. Experienced ornamental rabbit owners and experts recommend paying attention to the following fully balanced ready-made rations:

  • Whiteback Menus for rabbits,
  • Jr Farm Аdult for dwarf rabbits,
  • Bélux Funny racebit Premium,
  • Versеlе-Lаga Сuni Narure Ре-Ваансе with the facilitated formula,
  • multi-component feed JR Farm Grines Mih,
  • Fodder with coccidiostatic Fióry Karaote.

It is important to remember that when using ready-made feeds, at least 20% of the total daily ration should be succulent feed. High-quality hay and clean water must be available to the ornamental rabbit around the clock. It is desirable to feed the old and obese pet with grainless mixtures with a high amount of fiber.