Whether you are an experienced house rabbit parent or are just starting out and thinking about how to provide your bunny (or bunnies) a healthy diet without breaking your budget, here is some good information in a new article by Phyllis O’Beolilain on Examiner.com.
Feeding your bunny a high-quality diet need not be expensive: many of the parts of vegetables that people typically discard – tough, fibrous stems or leaves – are very good for bunny, such as carrot tops, cauliflower leaves, broccoli stalks and tough chard stems. Often, supermarkets will strip outer leaves of heads of greens before putting them out for sale. Most of the larger grocery chain stores in Dayton will not give these to you, however some of the smaller stores will share and you might want to make friends with one of the growers at your local farm market next year – often they will save the torn outer leaves for you. Keep in mind that leaves and stems of tomato plants are in fact poisonous.
Herbs are wonderful healthy treats for house rabbits, providing a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients! Herbs are low in sugars, usually high in fiber and add texture and variety to your rabbit’s diet. Herbs can be substituted for other leafy greens, and are generally easily grown in the outdoor home garden or in windowsill gardens. Herbs that rabbits enjoy include parsley, basil, mint, rosemary, lemon balm, oregano, sage, thyme, dill, and coriander. These are great healthy snacks, provide many valuable phytonutrients and most can be grown in pots to provide a cheap and regular supply.
You can read the complete article at http://www.examiner.com/list/adding-healthy-variety-to-the-house-rabbit-diet
We have found a neighborhood produce market that will give us free carrot tops whenever they have some available. We also asked the produce manager of our local supermarket whether they would be willing to save vegetable trimmings to be picked up by our rabbit rescue organization and he agreed. If you say that you are doing it for rescued rabbits, we have found that people are quite agreeable to lend a helping hand.