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What you will find on this page
On this page you will find different things that you can give your rabbit safely. You will also find some home remedy things that have worked for generation after generation with great success. Some sound a little odd but have been proven to work.

*Please note - We at Cooleys Critters Rabbitry are not a Vet nor would we ever imply to be. If you are unsure what is wrong with your rabbit, we suggest that you do go to a Vet that you feel comfortable with.

Copyright Rochelle Cooley 2000


What can be given to rabbits safely?
Tea, (regular black tea) - Helps to balance out the ph level in the gut to prevent mucoid enteritis in young stock. 4 teabags brewed in 1/2 gal of water then added to a 4 1/2 gals = 5gals to be used for a few days prior to weaning and up to a 2 weeks after weaning. Can also be used on stock of all ageswith no adverse problems.

Blackberry Tea - Helps aid as an astringant property in both young and old stock. If you have a rabbit off feed, and nothing seems to work, try this, usually works.

Chamomile Tea - I like using this when we travel or something caused undo stress in the barn, (such as a predator). I brew 1 teabag per 32oz of water and then cool.

Gatoraid & Pedialyte - Is a great source of electorlites for those times when your rabbit has a touch of diarrhea. I like to mix 1/2 and 1/2 with water.

Spinach - Spinach can be given to rabbits anytime. It really doesn't have any special use, but is accepted by both young and older stock. If your rabbit is off feed, try giving some spinach.

Parsley - Has the effect on bucks and does, that seems to bring them to top form for breeding. Do not feed Parsley in excess though because of its stimulating effect on the rabbit.

Apple Cider Vinegar - We have used the vinegar to help bring a doe into wanting to breed. We just add a couple of teaspoons to 32oz of water for a few days and then try breeding. Most of the does have been very receptive to the buck after doing this.

Sweet Potatoes - We will occassional give our rabbits a slice of sweet potatoe. The rabbits really love the taste of it and it does make for a nice treat every once in a while. We don't give sweet potatoe more than 1 time a month.

Toast - We will feed our rabbits toast when ever we have the urge to do so. Mostly we do it though when one of the kids forgets to close the bag and the bread gets hard feeling. I will then just toast it up and the rabbits just end up loving us for it. Toast is accepted by stock of all ages.

Barley - We give our rabbits barley daily except in the hotter months, (only because we can't get it then). Barley is used to help put on firm flesh condition rather than fat. We have a mixture that we give, (please read column to the top left) for recipe and amounts given.

Oats - We use oats to give the added protein when feeding our special recipe. It helps aid in wonderful condition feel of our rabbits.

Black Sunflower Seeds - We give our rabbits Black Sunflower Seeds but we do so sparingly. Sunflower seeds are a hot feed. It is really helpful though when your rabbit is in a molt. It can also be helpful in helping the relunctant doe to come into breeding condition.

Carrots - We give our rabbits carrots primarily when we travel or have grown an excess in the garden. The rabbits really welcome the carrots including the tops. When traveling, you could soak the carrots in water and then give to your rabbits at the show. Watch the giving of carrots to white rabbits though, it can leave an orange stain. We give the rabbits approx., 1/4 of a medium carrot.

Apples - We will also give our rabbits apples at a show and we will also give them apples here at home. We have a neighbor that has a bunch of trees and gives us apples for the rabbits all the time. We will give the rabbits a 1/4 of an apple weekly but no more.

Blackberry/Raspberry leaves - We try to keep these leaves in the freezer for future use as they are very good in aiding a rabbit that has gone off feed or that has diarrhea. These leaves can be given to stock of all ages and has been known to be a strong astringent and been most beneficial if given right away to ill stock.

Mint Leaves - These are very good to give a doe that is a heavy milker that has lost a litter or is weaning one off. The Mint Leaves aid in the reduction of milk. These are also a good thing to give a doe that has mastitis so that she is not producing milk to engourge her.

Dandelions - We sparingly feed our rabbits dandelions. They do love them but an excess of dandelions in young stock could cause kidney damage. Feed in excess to adults can cause loose stools as it does have a laxative effect. Dandelions are a known tonic for cleansing the blood.


Special Remedy for Hindquarter Paralysis that is not caused by a break in the back


Sometimes a person will go out to the barn and notice that one of their special rabbits is dragging its hind leg. This doesn't always mean that the rabbit is paralized. It could just be apinched nerve and faily easy to take care of. Here is a way that you can help a rabbit recover quicker from HQ Paralysis when there is no break in the back causing the paralysis.

*Please note - If your rabbit is squealing in pain or has loss of bladder and bowel, then I would either cull the rabbit or seek help from a vet A.S.A.P. The treatment below will not help your rabbit.

Treatment for temporary HQ Paralysis - Place the rabbit in a carrier stuffed with hay. Put a teaspoon of Brandy in a 8oz glass of milk in the rabbits 32oz water bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. This will help calm the rabbit down to a sort of relaxed state of being. The rabbit will still eat and drink. Give the brandy and milk mixture fresh daily for at least 3 days and see if you notice any improvement. If you notice some improvement, then continue to give the mixture for another 4-7 days or until the rabbit is hopping around back to normal. If you do not see any improvement, then culling the rabbit may be your only choice at this point.

I do know that this does work, as it has been tried by a couple of breeders with100% success. This remedy also came out of a book written in 1920


Things that I would not give rabbits to eat! Not that you can't on some, but I wouldn't.


Here are few of the feed items that I wouldn't feed our rabbits and suggest that you don't either.

Cabbage - Although some people feed cabbage to their rabbits in small amounts with no adverse reactions, I still don't reccommend the feeding of cabbage.

Letuce - Can cause diarrhea

Corn - Is another one that can be given to rabbits, but, corn puts on a lot of flabby fat when fed to much. A fat bunny is an unhealthy bunny! If done in properly, such as in my special formula, corn can be benificial.

Celery - I would suggest ever feeding celery. I feel that the stringy part of the celery wouldn't be good for the rabbit as well as the water content of the celery.

Watermelon - Rabbits love watermelon but it doesn't love rabbits. Watermelon can give a rabbit diarrhea pretty quick, I have seen many pet rabbit owners giving watermelon to there rabbits and then the rabbits have died from excessive diarrhea.

Colorful Feed from Pet Stores - These colorful feeds are like feeding your rabbit pure sugared garbage. If the rabbits eat this kind of feed for long, they will end up, IMO, fat and unhealthy and won't then eat the feed that is good for them. They become, like addicted to this junk like it is candy to a baby.

Potatoes - The stems and leaves are considered poisonous and is better left alone to be safe.


Our Supplement Feed Formula


Our Daily Feed Formula
The blend of grains that we use to feed our rabbitshas helped maintain very good condition in flesh and coat. This is what works for our rabbits.


We would give our rabbits a handful of oat hay, or grass hay, which ever one is available, at least
3-4 times per week. Barley, oats and sunflower seeds we did in a mix.


We used 5 parts barley, 5 parts oats, 5 parts rolled corn, 3 parts calf manna and 1 part sunflower seeds. We give about a tablespoon daily.


We normally just open the bags and mix the grains and SF seeds and calf manna, a part at a time so that we are insured that it has been mixed fairly well.


You really want to watch giving this formula in the hot summer months as this is a *hot* feed. Which means that it is full of protein. A bit to much for the animal to really burn off properly in the hot months. If you still wish to give them a supplement, then please eliminate the corn and the sunflower seeds.