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.