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Chicory Chichorium intybus
The green parts of the plant are a favorite treat to rabbits and increase the flow of bile in the digestive tract, thus acting acts as an appetite stimulant. Dried Chicory root contains inulin (prebiotic substance) which aids good bacteria in the gut.
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Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Digestive aid for rabbits, used in cases of wool block and aids in healing. Feed in small portions. Is also good for stimulating a rabbits appetite.
Warning:NOT to be fed in large amounts, can cause diarrhea.
Contains high alkaloid levels

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Dandelions are extremely nutritious, containing vitamins A, B, C & D, they are also rich in iron and high in protein. The high levels of potasium make them a well balanced diuretic. It is claimed that it can improve coat quality as well as allowing rabbits to recover from moult quicker. Can be fed regularly in moderate portions.
Warning:NOT to be feed in excessive amounts, can cause diarrhea.
Do not feed fermenting or wilting plants these can cause bloat.

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Echinacea Echinacea augustifolia
Grazed upon by many native animals in North America, the native indians felt it was a valuable herb to protect against colds and flu. Medical testing of Echinacea on rabbits for scientific purposes have shown that it increases the levels of properdin, this chemical is thought to aid in the defence of viral and bacterial infection.
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Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Feed to lactating does to increase milk production. Also said to aid digestion and stomach upsets.
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Groundsel Senecio vulgaris
Is a good source of mineral and is used in rabbits to stimulate moult. Feed sparingly.
Warning: NOT to be fed in large amounts, can cause diarrhea. Related species such as ‘Ragwort’ are TOXIC, so make sure you have the right species.
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Lavender (Dwarf) Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender is an extremely useful herb for breeders. It is a uterine stimulant, and can be used to stimulate labour. When given to a late birthing doe, it helps to expel uterus contents, dead or alive. It can be used to bring on a natural abortion early on in pregnancy. Lavender is also a natural mild tranquilizer, it acts upon the heart to reduce blood pressure.
Warning: NOT to be fed in large amounts, can cause diarrhea. Can bring about an abortion early into a pregnancy.
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Mint Herba menthae
Mint is used to reduce milk production in does towards the end of weaning. Mint also relaxes muscles in the digestive tract, and stimulates bile. This help with indigestion, flatulence and colic. It is also said to be good for colds. Harvest before flowering.
Warning: NOT to be feed to pregnant does or to kittens. Do not feed to lactating doe while kittens are still weaning. Long term use will irritate mucous membranes.
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Nettles (Small) Urtica urens
It is important to firstly dry the nettles; this will make them loose their sting. Nettles are an excellent feed for rabbits, especially any rabbit recovering from an illness. They also help to keep rabbits fur and bones in good condition. Nettles contain calcium, iron, phosphorus and protein as well as being high in vitamin D.
Warning: Must be well dried and free from mould. Where gloves while handling as Nettles stings.
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Parsley Petroselinum Crispum
Parsley is rich source of many vitamins and minerals most notably vitamins A, and C alongside high amounts of vitamins B, D, & E. Parsley is a sexual stimulant for both Bucks and Does. Feeding for ten day before mating is said to increase the egg and sperm count.
Warning: NOT to be fed in large amounts, can cause diarrhea. NOT to be feed early during pregnancy as it is a womb stimulant. Side on caution if rabbit suffers from urinary tract problems.
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Sage Salvia officinalis
Sage is used to reduce milk production in does, should be used at the end of weaning.
Warning: Feed with caution. NOT to be feed to pregnant does or to kittens. Do not feed to lactating doe while kittens are still weaning. Thujone in sage can trigger epileptic fits.
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Thyme Thymus Vulgaris
Feed the leaves and stems to aid with chest infections; heavy infections are often marked with thick yellow phlegm. Harvest before flowering. Thyme is also used to reduce milk production in does, should be used at the end of weaning.
Warning: Feed with caution. NOT to be feed to pregnant does or to kittens. Do not feed to lactating doe while kittens are still weaning.
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Yarrow Achillae millefolium
Used as a urinary antiseptic and to heal external wounds. Said to be useful against bloating and intestinal problems. Is good food for rabbits while young and tender.
Warning: Fresh plant juice may cause allergic skin reaction. Excessive use can also lead to a photosensitive response.
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