rhubarb and Rabbits

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rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279242 vancheese
Wed May 14, 2014 1:35 pm

I've been reading "The domestic Rabbit" by Sandford and within the biblical text, he says that rabbits can process Rhubarb leaves. Has anyone got any experience of this as I thought that these leaves were highly toxic for all animals.
i've lots of bunnies and leaves but I don't really want to kill of any as an experiment

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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279243 snapdragon
Wed May 14, 2014 3:51 pm

my rabbits never ate the rhubarb leaves (when loose in the garden), and I never purposely fed any to them as I believed them too full of oxalic acid to be safe
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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279245 doofaloofa
Wed May 14, 2014 6:02 pm

i have fed rabbits rhubard leaves, but i have also had loads of rabbits die mysteriously

I wouldn't risk it personally
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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279254 123sologne
Fri May 16, 2014 5:05 am

Talking of rabbits, do you give them seeds like wheat or oat? If so which one and why?
I simply ask because we had a rabbit for 6 weeks and I couldn't be asked to buy another lot of seeds, so she eats wheat as I feed it to the chickens... My mum used to have rabbits and always gave them oat. I wonder if it is really better for them or did she do it because her mum did it too...

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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279256 vancheese
Fri May 16, 2014 7:34 am

Um, atm I use oats when I can get them, Now it is a mixture of wheat, barley and corn

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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279259 doofaloofa
Sat May 17, 2014 6:43 pm

My book says oats for lactating does

More calcium maybe?
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Re: rhubarb and Rabbits

Post: #279274 123sologne
Tue May 20, 2014 8:14 pm

Well I better have a look at oats a bit closer as my doe has little ones and maybe I should feed her some oat. The little ones seam ok though, they just started pointing their nose out of the nest yesterday...
I must do more research on the subject.


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