Sunday, March 13, 2011

Rabbit Menu

I'm always looking for new veges to try out on Clovis. This is purple kale which he liked. The other day we had a slice of hubbard squash which was a no go. I was at a pet store the other day and they were feeding a rabbit a slice of orange.  I always thought you shouldn't give any acidic fruit to a bunny but he sure seemed to be enjoying it.

Clovis gets a variety of fresh fruit and veges twice a day.  Since I'm not too sharp and creative at 6:45 AM we have a set menu for breakfast:

4 blueberries
1/4 inch slice of banana, quartered
4 inches of carrot
handful of mixed salad greens
carrot greens from one carrot
3-4 stems of Italian parsley

For dinner we have our standards which consist of:

collard greens about the size of my palm
handful of kale
a few leaves of baby bok choy

Then I mix and match conservative amounts of about 4 from the following:

broccoli or broccolini, cauliflower, green cabbage, radiccio, brussel sprouts, curly parsley, cilantro, dill, or whatever else I find interesting.

 When I go to the grocery store the clerks often comment on all the veges I buy. "You eat healthy." "What are you making?" or "What do you do with kale?".  It's always a test of their checking skills. Not everyone knows what organic Italian kale is, let alone the code for it off the top of their head.   

So I bring home bags full of bunny food and I think it takes up half my refrigerator. My husband has learned he has to save the last banana for Clovis. Because, heaven forbid, his little quarter inch slice is missing from his yellow salad plate in the morning.


SixBunnies said...

Now I know why Clovis' mouth looks so happy! It's on a very happy, well loved bunny! You are a great Bunny Mom!

I get questions, too, because I used to have to buy veggies for six bunnies. Most of the cashiers at Market Street know the story now, so they just tell me to say high to the bunz for them. With Rosie and Brewster hopping on over to the bridge recently, I have to buy for four bunnies now, which makes the parsley quantities a bit more reasonable. :)

SixBunnies said...

*Hi* not High ...

Lisa said...

Wow, what a great regular breakfast, and varied dinner! We only get salad at dinner, and some pellets in the morning.

I think you are right, that too much citris is bad for a bunny. You may also want to ration the kale, according to the HRS website at it should only be fed 2-3 times per week because it's high in oxalates, whatever that means. We love it too lol.

We used to live close to a farmer's market, it was fantastic, now that we're in Queens we're forced to go to Key Foods, which doesn't have the best produce section. They don't have bananas, only plaintains, and I'm not sure if those are ok? they don't look as good. So, our diet has become far less varied. We've been really really enjoying a daily piece of apple lately.

Lisa said...

Doh! I got so caught up in your food post, I forgot why I hopped over here! Which was to tell you what a beautiful, thoughtful thing you did for Bridget at Heart of a Cowgirl, and what an absolutely brilliant job you did capturing Nutmeg and Patches.

d. moll, said...

Indeed now we know know the source of Clovie's happiness, good varied nutrition. And yes, I have read too that citrus is not good for the bunnehs....

RG said...

Could you just go ahead and make a second there at breakfast? Leave it ooutside the spare bedroom door and knock lightly!

Oh yes - the "last banana" shock. Our carbon footprint would be fine if not for that! Thank goodness for all night grocery stores!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Now that's a happy bunny with all that tasty stuff!
Love the piece you made for Bridget. Beautiful!
xx, shell

Clovie Boy said...

Thanks all for your comments! Lisa I did read you should be careful about giving too much kale. Hard to do when he likes it so much...

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Clovie is a well spoiled bun! I have given orange to my bunnies as a treat on occasion, but not as a regular treat. They do love it and boy do they get messy!

Wendy said...

Hi, I've read in many places and been told by the vet that you shouldn't give buns too much fruit - just a teaspoon once a week as they're high in sugar. I feed mine cabbage / Kale most days and it's fine. You shouldn't feed spinach every day though as that can be harmful.