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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I need help with veggies

I need help with veggies for my rabbits (and guinea pig-if anyone knows about guinea pigs). I've haven't been very good about feeding them veggies over the years. I know it's bad and I feel horrible about it. But I'm feeding them veggies on a daily basic now. But the problem is because they aren't use to them they don't eat much of a variety. I'm trying to give them a variety. But they don't eat most of the stuff I try, and I've tried several times. I can try to give them the same food for a week straight but have to throw it away because they don't touch it.

Right now they are only getting (each day):
Red Leaf Lettuce
Carrots
Green Peppers

Stuff they won't eat that I've tried:
Celery
Cucumber
Squash
Tomatoes
Zucchini

So I was just wondering what I can try to do to get them to eat it?
What are some other stuff they can eat on a daily basic?
Can I give them two different kinds of lettuce in one day?
Like could I give them red leaf and romaine lettuce?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking at some sample lists for guinea pigs and think this one would work well for me. This is a list for just one guinea pig, so I would double everything for a rabbit because rabbits are supposed to have twice as much as guinea pigs.

But I have a few questions.
1. Will this also work for a rabbit? As far as I know everything listed is good for rabbits also.
2. Instead of Romaine can I use red/green leaf lettuce?
3. Is there something else I could use instead of Mixed leaves? Could I use Romaine instead?
4. Can I freeze some of the veggies? Because most of this stuff I don't eat and I would have to buy it in somewhat large quantities.

Thanks!!

Monday am.
Romaine - 1 large leaf/2 smaller leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - yellow - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Cucumber - 1/4" chunk

Monday pm.
Round lettuce - 2 leaves
Celery - 2" piece chopped
Bell pepper - red - 1/8 pepper sliced
Green beans – 2
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Tuesday am.
Curly lettuce - (endive) 2 - 3 leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - red - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - orange - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Curly Kale - 4 small pieces chopped

Tuesday pm
Round lettuce - 2 leaves
Melon skin - taken back to the rind - 1" slice
Cucumber - 1/4" chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8" pepper sliced
Dill - 1 sprig
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Wednesday am.
Romaine - 1 large leaf/2 smaller leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - yellow - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Broccoli - 1 branchlet
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Wednesday pm
Mixed leaves (from bag) - 1 handful
Celery - 2" piece chopped
Bell pepper - orange - 1/8 pepper sliced
Parsley - 2 sprigs
Apple - 1" chunk

Thursday am.
Curly lettuce (endive) - 2 - 3 leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - orange - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Snap peas – 2
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Thursday pm
Round lettuce - 2 leaves
Melon skin - taken back to rind - 1"
Turnip - small 1" slice
Cucumber - 1/4" chunk
Bell pepper - red - 1/8 pepper sliced

Friday am.
Romaine - 1 large leaf/2 smaller leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - yellow - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Curly Kale - 4 small pieces chopped

Friday pm.
Mixed leaves – handful
Celery - leaves - from 1 stem
Bell pepper - red - 1/8 pepper sliced
Blueberries – 2
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Saturday am.
Romaine - 1 large leaf/2 smaller leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - yellow - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Broccoli - 1 branchlet
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs

Saturday pm.
Curly lettuce (endive) - 2 - 3 leaves
Cucumber - 1/4" chunk
Melon skin - taken back to rind - 1" slice
Bell pepper - orange - 1/8 peper sliced
Parsley - 2 sprigs

Sunday am.
Curly lettuce - (endive) - 2 - 3 leaves
Cherry tomato – half
Courgette/zucchini - 1/2 inch chunk
Bell pepper - green - 1/8 pepper sliced
Bell pepper - yellow - 1/8 pepper sliced
Carrot - 1 baby carrot/pinky finger sized chunk
Green beans – 2

Sunday pm.
Mixed leaves - from bag – handful
Celery - 2" chunk chopped
Coriander/cilantro - 2 sprigs
Bell pepper - red - 1/8 pepper sliced
Parsley - 2 sprigs
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That list looks ideal, Don't double the amount of carrot though!! Carrots contain too much calcium for bunnies and should only be limited to small amounts.
Among all these veggies (which I wouldn't start a full schedule until they're used to eating them, it can cause intestinal upset if fed too much at once and they're not used to it) you should include unlimited timothy hay (add in some different hays). Hay should make up 75% of a rabbit's diet (not sure for GP) so I would not worry about all these veggies. And it is also important to include a good quality pellet (I like Martins Little Friends and Oxbow T/basics). About 1/4 cup a day will supply your bunny with all the added vitamins and minerals that veggies cannot.

You shouldn't freeze veggies or most fruits. They can eat them! On hot summer days, they might appreciate it. But veggies can lose some vitamins in thawing/cooking. I would only buy what they can consume before my next trip to grocery store. (I actually live close by and work at a grocery store so it's no problem for me)

For more help, click this link here http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/diet.html


***NOTE- My suggestions are for rabbits only. I will assume you house them seperately and therefore providing them each with their own diverse diets will be easier. I haven't owned a GP before.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to let everyone know that I started feeding cilantro and my rabbits. I don't think it's their favorite yet, but they do eat it. Next I think I'm going to try endive.
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Cilantro!! lol I can't even have that in the house I hate it so bad! Acacia won't even eat it!! Good luck
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you should include unlimited timothy hay (add in some different hays). Hay should make up 75% of a rabbit's diet (not sure for GP) so I would not worry about all these veggies. And it is also important to include a good quality pellet (I like Martins Little Friends and Oxbow T/basics). About 1/4 cup a day will supply your bunny with all the added vitamins and minerals that veggies cannot.

***NOTE- My suggestions are for rabbits only. I will assume you house them seperately and therefore providing them each with their own diverse diets will be easier. I haven't owned a GP before.
They get Timothy hay 24/7. Well I try to keep it in there 24/7. They eat it fast and it's hard to keep up with them.

They get fed Oxbow Essentials Rabbit Food on a daily basis. 1/4 cup.

And yes, my guinea pig and rabbits are definitely housed separately. Actually my rabbits are housed separately also. I got them at different times and don't think my older one would accept the newer one.
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Here is a list I made from information I've gotten. Are all the veggies on this list ok to give on a daily basis?

Butter lettuce (Boston/bibb)
Carrot (small amount)
Cilantro
Corn husks
Endive
Grape tomatoes
Green Leaf Lettuce
Green Swiss Chard
Red Leaf Lettuce
Red Swiss Chard
Romaine lettuce
Zucchini
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What about:
Bok choy
Escarole
Fennel
Mint
Orange bell pepper
Oregano
Radish tops
Sage
Spring greens
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I would stay away from corn. I think kale is quite high in calcium so I would limit that as well. I find the best mix (and bons is my grocery store packages and sells it as one) is spring greens with added herbs. My bunny dies for a bit of it! Veggies should be fed everyday, but I hope you don't mean some of everything in your list everyday!!! Way too much!! lol just a bowl of veggies, once a day is enough. They'll eat their 1/4 cup of pellets, 1 bowl of veggies and make up hay for the rest. That's ideal.
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I also never had luck with bell peppers so if they don;t like it, make sure someone in the house will!! The cost of them these days
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Pretty good list you have, surely soon your pets will get used to veggies..

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