Veggie Patch - Lettuce

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Beetroot
Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidants. Feed raw beetroot to your rabbits to help them put on weight for the winter months. Both the leaves and roots should be feed in conjunction with each other to balance out the beetroot's properties. Feed only in moderation.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY. Betanin is the natural die found in beetroot. It may well turn your rabbits urine red due to an inability to break it down.
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Broccoli
The leaves of the Broccoli plant are the best part to feed to your rabbits. However the flowers (part we eat) and the stalk can still be used although they are not as nutrient rich for rabbits.
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Cabbage
Cabbage is a good source of vitamins A, C & K as well as sulphur, silicon, calcium and chlorine. The darker leaves of the plant constitute a higher nutritional value. Feed only in moderation.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY, can cause diarrhoea.
Bloating may occur if feed in excess.

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Capsicum
All coloured varieties can be feed to your rabbit  Feed only in moderation.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY.
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Carrot
Carrots make an excellent occasional treat for your rabbits due to the high sugar content (this means your rabbit will love it). The green tops of the carrot are the most nutritional part of the plant. There are many different varieties of carrot, available in different sizes and colours; go out in search of these for something different for your rabbit and yourself.
Warning: Feed in moderation as a treat due to high sugar content.
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Celery
This is a tasty treat that your rabbits will love you for. It is also naturally rich in potassium. Both the leaves and the stalks can be feed to your rabbits. The leaves can also be dried and added to hay.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY, can cause diarrhoea. When drying make sure it is completely free from mould before feeding.
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Chicory
The red and green varieties are the most nutritionally valuable for rabbits.
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Cucumber
Cucumber is an excellent summer treat for your rabbits due to its high water content and low energy.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY, can cause diarrhoea. Do not feed the leaves as these are poisonous.
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Lettuce
Lettuce has a bad reputation as food for rabbits and not without reason, it can cause bloat. However lettuce does contains some very important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, calcium, iron, chlorine, sulphur, bromine, potassium, and vitamin A. Due to the high water content it makes an excellent food during hotter weather. There are many different varieties of lettuce, and as a general rule the darker the green (even red/purple) the more nutritious it is.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY, can cause diarrhoea. Bloating may occur if feed in excess.
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Pak Choi
Also known as chinese cabbage. It is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals and is a favourite among our rabbits.
Warning: Feed in moderation.
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Parsnip
Parsnip is not a huge favourite amongst the rabbits. It is however a good vegetable to feed your rabbits in combination with the leaves.
Warning: Feed in moderation.
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Peas
Peas and Snow Peas, pods, leaves and all can be feed to your rabbit.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY.
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Spinach
This is a favourite amongst many of our rabbits and is great picked fresh from the garden. It is also one of the greatest sources of vitamins and minerals
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Strawberry
A tasty treat for not only rabbits but us humans too. The fruit, flower and leaves of this plant can all be feed to your rabbit.
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Sweet Corn
Nutritionally not the best food for your rabbits it is however one of their most favourite, this make it a handy treat. It does have fattening effect so it is good winter food for outdoor rabbitries. The corn-silk and the leave protecting the corncob (when free from mould) are a very high source of fibre.
Warning: Feed in moderation.
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Tomato
Tomatoes are a favourite treat of our rabbits, this is due to the high sugar content. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of potassium.
Warning: Only to be feed SPARINGLY.
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