Foraging for rabbits

Although growing your own food and foraging for your pet rabbits was once a traditional way of feeding them, it slowly became a lost skill as pets became more commercialised.

Thankfully over the last few years, rabbit owners are starting to take interest again in getting outdoors and providing a healthier diet for their pets.

There are so many benefits to growing and foraging for your rabbits that it’s a must-have skill! Huge financial savings, reduced plastic waste, a healthier diet for your pets, and a great way of focusing on mindfulness for yourself are just a few of the many benefits.

What you will need for foraging

If you are new to foraging, we recommend purchasing ‘Foraging for Rabbits‘ by Twigs Way which is available on the RWAF website. It is very useful as this will help you safely identify suitable plants and avoid those that are dangerous.

You will need:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Secateurs
  • A wheel barrow, trug, or large bag
  • A mesh tray for drying out winter stock.

How to forage, and what plants are safe?

The most obvious location to start foraging is in yours, your friends or families gardens.  Many of the most common plants found in gardens are safe for your pets to eat. Here’s a list of pet-friendly plants. We have a list of safe plants for your rabbits here.

Once you feel confident to spot wild forage then you can take a bag with you when out in public areas, etc. If possible, it is always best to obtain permission to forage on someone’s land.

When picking, always ensure the forage is free from chemical sprays, litter and dog urine by picking plants a little higher up or deeper into the plant growth.

Once you have collected some forage, you can provide daily mixed piles to your rabbits. Always introduce new plants in small amounts to allow their digestive systems to adapt. As much of the safe forage is a little harder to come by during the winter months, it is a good idea to dry some of the forage in mesh trays. This will allow the air to circulate and dry it correctly without harbouring mould spores. This can then be stored away in card boxes or paper bags to offer during the winter.

Growing your own

If you have access to a garden, allotment or balcony, growing your own vegetables, herbs and flowers is a great thing for all the family to be involved in. Visit your local garden centre to get advice on how to best to start with the space you have. Gardening doesn’t need to be expensive: packets of seeds can be picked up for under a pound, tools and pots etc. can be picked up second hand easily at most car boots and at the marketplace.

Buying from shops

If you do not have a space to grow forage, or would rather not go exploring, there are several store-bought herbs and forage you can buy. We recommend Burgess Snacks Country-Garden Herbs.

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