As a farmer, maintaining the health of your animals is often the critical factor. Ensuring that the animals you keep eat a balanced diet and immunizing the animal to avoid probable illnesses as simple ways of ensuring any animal you keep is healthy. However, animals have different dietary needs.
Rabbit farmers specifically face a challenge when it comes to deciding the type of feed to give the rabbits. This is because rabbits have sensitive stomachs. This limits the number of plants they can eat without getting complications. One of the frequently asked diet question by farmers is Can Rabbits eat Bananas?
A recent report, from a leading animal institute, has assured the farmers who rear rabbits that they can feed their animals with the banana peels and banana chips. In this article, we will discuss the numerous nutritional benefits of bananas for rabbits, of all ages, ranging from baby rabbits, adult rabbits, and even wild rabbits.
The nutritional value of banana peels
A banana diet will provide a rabbit with essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and even pectin which is a special type of fiber, These nutrients are very important for a rabbits health. They promote growth and boost the immunity of a rabbit.
After numerous tests being carried out on banana peels by veterinarians and scientists, there is scientific proof that the peels do not contain any toxic elements or chemicals that can prove to harm the bunny. Banana peels are actually very nutritious for rabbits/bunnies. The peels offer the necessary sugar content required for growth by rabbits. Therefore, banana peels can be fed on both young and adult rabbits.
It is important to limit the number of banana peels that you feed to your bunnies. This is because rabbits have weak stomachs that are only adapted to taking in low calorie, low-sugar, and high fiber meals. For rabbits, a massive intake of the sugar from banana peels can cause the rabbits to have stomach issues due to indigestion caused by the excess sugar.
Banana chips are one favorite delicacy for bunnies. Rabbits especially love bananas due to their sugar nature. The banana chips, however, should be fed as a snack for your bunny. When taken in excess, the high sugar content in banana chips may cause rabbits will experience stomach upset. To ensure the complete health and taking no risks towards your rabbit’s well-being, you should check the number of banana chips based on the body weight of your bunny. As the farmer, you will have to do the math and see the amount that is safe for your bunny. One well-known veterinarian stipulated that you should give around 1-2 tablespoons of bananas for every five pounds (or 2.25kg) of your rabbit’s weight.
When a rabbit is fed on too much banana chips or banana peels, it gains high sugar levels in its body. One main medical complication that arises due to obese rabbits because of the high sugar intake is breathing complications. Obesity in rabbits can also make them turn out being dirty all the time. This is due to the obese body structures that limit the rabbit’s movement thus restricting body grooming.
The Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine stated that bananas are almost impossible for bunnies to resist and this can turn out to be an adverse factor. This is because your rabbit/s can get a banana addiction and as already stated, excessive consumption of banana chips or banana peels is harmful to the rabbit’s health. The bananas can cause constipation, diarrhea or other cecal problems when taken in large quantity.
One should gradually introduce a banana diet to their rabbits. Any sudden change diet of the rabbit can lead to stomach complications The most recommendable manner to introduce them to your rabbit/s is by initially mixing the small amounts of the peels or chips of the banana with the rabbit’s regular food. This introduction method will allow your rabbit to adjust efficiently to the dietary changes.
Always ensure you feed your rabbits on fresh and clean bananas. Stale or even dusty bananas contain harmful toxins and even bacteria. This can cause your rabbits to have serious stomach upsets. The bananas you feed the rabbits should also be free from any foreign objects such as woods chips or even small pieces of metal that are harmful to rabbits when ingested.
If you notice any signs of behavior changes in the rabbit, you should pull back on the diet introductions. This is because the behavior changes are probably due to gastrointestinal problems that the rabbit has gotten due to the introduction of bananas in their diet.