Can Rabbits Eat Broccoli?

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Can rabbits eat broccoli? – The simple answer is yes, Broccoli is a great little treat for your rabbit and helps provide a healthy variety of vegetable to their diet.

The worrying part of owning a rabbit is knowing what they can and cannot eat, which is why you landed on this page! So, let’s discuss more. Can rabbits eat broccoli?

Brocolli isn’t a substitute for your rabbits normal intake of leafy greens and should only be giving sparingly as it is extremely high in starch.

Due to the high starch intake, most suggest avoiding giving your bun broccoli. Which is good advice and in such cases would place broccoli as a treat only food.

Brocolli has a lot of vitamins, for example, A, B6, B12, D, E and K. Broccoli should only be given in very small quantities though.

Can Rabbits eat Broccoli?

Can Rabbits Eat Broccoli?
Doesn’t look so tasty like this does it?

Yes, Rabbits can eat Broccoli and they do provide a lot of nutrition for your rabbit. However, we do highly suggest not making Broccoli a regular vegetable to add to your rabbit’s daily greens.

It’s weird to think that the Broccoli is actually part of the cabbage family, but this doesn’t mean that you can feed it as often as you can with cabbage.

We advise just giving your rabbit the bushy part, in small sizes, however they can eat the stalk without issue.

If you are giving your rabbit the broccoli stalk, you should chop it into very small diced pieces to avoid choking.

How much Broccoli can I feed my rabbit?

Typically, you would only give your rabbit one tablespoon of broccoli per two pounds of their weight.

Rabbits need a balanced diet, so Broccoli would need to be a small percentage of al the already small-ish balance in their diet of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Fresh premium dust-extracted hay 70%
Fruits & vegetables 25%
Alfalfa Pellets 5%
Breakdown of a rabbits diet [Source]

Can Rabbits eat Broccoli stalk?

Yes, rabbits can eat the stalk but this should still be eaten in small quantities. However, The best part is still the bushy greenery at the top.

We still recommend keeping away from Broccoli Stalk as it has been mentioned in a few Facebook groups we’re in that it can cause gas in your rabbit which in turn can cause GI Stasis.

Take this with a pinch of salt though, not everything you read on Facebook groups is true!

If you are going to give your rabbit stalks, we highly suggest very small quantities first, we suggest a few diced pieces in their food bowl.

This also applies for a Broccoli stem, whilst they’re smaller, that are part of the bushy area of a Broccoli and as such are fine in small quantities.

Can Baby Rabbits eat Broccoli?

Baby Rabbits, also known as kits have an entirely different dietary pallet that their parents or older siblings. As such, you should NOT give your rabbit any vegetables include Broccoli up until the age of 6 Months.

At 6 months, your rabbit should slowly be introduced into eating vegetables and greens.