As we have discussed many times on this website, and as many rabbit owners already know, bunnies have very sensitive stomachs. That’s why it is important to do your research when looking for foods they can eat and that brings us to this question: Can rabbits eat broccoli?
This is the vegetable that all kids hate and the vegetable that doesn’t always get a great deal of respect in the culinary world. But what does your floppy-eared friend think of it? Can bunnies eat broccoli or should you keep those big chompers away from this green vegetable?
Can Rabbits Eat Broccoli?
This is a loud and proud yes! In fact, not only can rabbits eat broccoli but they absolutely love it. This is the sort of food that rabbits were made to eat and when combined with a lot of hay and a diet rich in healthy pellets, it makes for a complete nutritionally sound profile.
There are a few other things to consider though. So, before you grab a huge chunk of broccoli and give it to your hopping-happy friend, bear the following in mind.
Is Broccoli Healthy for Rabbits?
Broccoli is very healthy for rabbits, as are most dark, leafy greens. There are exceptions to this, of course. Some greenery is poisonous. Some leaves should be avoided because they cause harm and some should be avoided because there is little to no nutrition in them, like lettuce. That is not the case with broccoli.
There are vitamins and minerals that all bunnies need to stay heathy. And while your kids may hate this vegetable because of that healthiness, your rabbit will absolutely love it. And by extension, they will probably love you for giving it to them.
It is loaded with vitamins and minerals and it has plenty of fiber as well. A nice, plump juicy piece of broccoli is also a great way to get more water into a rabbit’s diet. This can be essential if your bunny is refusing to drink the water it needs. Just run this under a tap to add some more water to it and then give it a piece.
How Much Broccoli Should I Feed my Rabbit?
You have to be very careful with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Broccoli is not as bad as iceberg lettuce or carrots. It probably won’t upset your bunny’s stomach if even they overindulge a little. But that’s no excuse to let them. In fact, you should be very strict with how much broccoli you give them, especially if they are not used to it and have previously eaten a diet predominantly consisting of pellets and hay.
Begin small, giving them a stalk or two here and there (by “stalk” we mean a little finger-size spring, not an entire piece). If they digest that okay and don’t present with any problems then you can look to give them a little veg a few times a week. Add a couple small pieces of fruit a couple times a week, make sure they have plenty of fresh water and hay, and you should have a very happy and healthy bunny on your hands.