Feeding your rabbits
Rabbits are herbivores preferring a varied diet of grass and herbs. Today many people feed rabbits on a diet consisting of mainly rabbit pellets which normally consist of a combination of lucerne and a variety of grains crushed and formed into small pellets. To keep costs down and to provide a more natural diet I feed my bunnies on pellets with a large supplementary feeding of a variety of vegetable scraps and weeds from the garden. All our carrot peelings and broccoli stalks go straight to them from the kitchen. They love chickweed, milk thistle, dandelion and clover. I also collect vegetable scraps from my green grocer; the rabbits love celery, apples, all the brassicas, lettuce and even citrus. Rabbits love to nibble on grass so if you keep them in a moveable run you can let them mow your lawn. In summer I get the kids collecting fresh acorns. We dry them in the sun and then remove the outer husk and feed the nuts to the rabbits. Rabbits also need a constant quantity of fresh meadow hay to munch on to give them fibre. Fresh water at all times is, of course, very important.