Feeding Requirement for Rabbit
Rabbits consume common type of grains, pulses
(sorghum, bengal gram, wheat etc.) and either green legumes (alfalfa,
berseem etc.) or as hay. Even kitchen wastes and garden vegetables (cabbage,
carrot etc.) or their leaves are also eaten. Rabbit consumes dry matter to
the extent of 6-8 per cent of their body weight and out of this roughage can
be up to 60 per cent. The dietary crude protein content should be 12-15
percent for dry non-lactating does and 16-20 percent for growers and
lactating does with litter. Rabbits should be fed with either compounded
mash mixture or pelletted feed. Rabbit pellets should be of 3 mm size.
Pelletted feed reduces wastage and prevents respiratory troubles caused by
dust from the conventional concentrate rations.
Leaves of Murukku, Agathi and cultivated fodder grasses like guinea, napier and para grass are palatable to rabbits apart from the leguminous fodder such as cowpea, lucerne, stylosanthes etc.
The rabbits should be supplied adequate quantity of fresh clean water (they drink approximately 10 ml/100g body weight per day and up to 90 ml/100 g body weight if lactating).
|Feeding schedule for rabbits||
Composition of rabbit feed mixture
|References||Kerala Agricultural University. 2001. Package of Practices- Recommendations: Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur. .|