As we know Chickens will eat just about anything.  But rabbits are a bit more selective.  This list may also apply to other livestock but it is intended specifically for rabbits.

Beneficial Herbs and Weeds

  • Basil- good for digestion and reduces stress
  • Blackberry-  great as pregnancy herb
  • Borage- rich in calcium, phosphorous and mineral salts
  • Calendula- reduces muscle tension; promotes wound healing; stops bleeding; anti-fungal
  • Chamomile- promotes tissue repair, sedative
  • Chickweed- external for itchy skin and wounds
  • Comfrey- aids internal hemorrhage, including uterine; wound healing, wool block and good for preg & nursing does (use with caution)
  • Cornflower- valuable tonic and digestive aid; mildly laxative
  • Cornsilk- remedy for urinary tract; soothes internal body surfaces
  • Dandelion- blood tonic, laxative, high protein level
  • Dill- good for digestion; increases milk flow
  • Echinacea- good for immune support/boost
  • Fennel- good for gas and bloat
  • Fenugreek- appetite stimulant, labor stimulant
  • Garlic- good fertility herb for both, not to be used regularly; good for gas
  • Golden rod- externally stops bleeding of wounds
  • Lavender- uterine stimulant, use with caution and sparingly
  • Lemon balm- prevents miscarriage, calming, good for bloat
  • Marshmallow- high in calcium and vitamin C, whole plant usable
  • Milk thisle- (whole plant can be fed, but when young and soft) protects liver and kidneys
  • Mint- stops milk flow,  not for prolonged use or for babies/ nursing does
  • Nettles- rich in iron, lime, sodium and chlorine, good for fur and bones, esp older animals
  • Parsley- rich in iron and copper,increases litter size, uterine stimulant; reduces gas
  • Plantain- rich in vitamins and minerals, laxative 
  • Raspberry leaf- great as pregnancy herb;  high in calcium, vitamins A & C, & manganese
  • Red clover- high in calcium, vitamins A & C, good for skin and fur conditions
  • Rosemary- Ideal for exhaustion, weakness, and depression in rabbit
  • Sage- uterine stimulant, dries up nursing does
  • Shepherds purse- uterine stimulant, good safe food but strong so use sparingly
  • Sorrel- soothing and cooling
  • Strawberry leaves- prevents miscarriage, rich in iron
  • Thyme- expels worms, uterine stimulant
  • Yarrow- wound herb for excessive bleeding, urinary antispetic

Herb good for:
Anti-septic:  Calendula, Echinacea, Fennel, Strawberry leaves, Thyme, Yarrow
Anti- bacterial:   Chamomile, Garlic, Lemon balm
Increases milk flow: Blackberry, Borage, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Goat's rue, Lemon balm, Milk Thisle,  Nettles, Raspberry leaves   
Prevents miscarriage: Lemon balm and Strawberry leaves
Promotes Fertility: Garlic and Parsley
Reduces Stress:  Basil, Borage, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon balm, Red clover

Cooling herb for summer: Blackberry, Raspberry and Strawberry leaves and Sorrel
Warming herbs for winter: Basil, Rosemary, Thyme

NOTE: Take care when giving herbs to pregnant or lactating does.  Some may be contraindicated.

Safe vegetable
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beet greens (tops)
  • Beet root- any kind
  • Carrot greens (tops)
  • Chard
  • Chicory- dandelion greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel- tops and base
  • Lettuce- red, green, romaine
  • Pak Choy or Bok Choy
  • Pumpkin
  • Radicchio
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Wheat grass
  • Zucchini 

Safe in moderation
  • Carrots (high in sugar)
  • Broccoli- leaves & stem too (gassy and high in calcium)
  • Cauliflower- plus leaves (gassy)
  • Cabbage- any kind (gassy)
  • Kale (all types) (gassy and high in calcium)
  • Radish tops 
  • Mustard greens  (high in oxalic)
  • Parsley (high in oxalic)
  • Spinach (high in oxalic)
Fresh Fruits
-high in sugar so limit to treats, once a week or less       
  • Apple- no core or seeds
  • Apricot- no pit
  • Banana
  • Blackberry, Strawberry, and Raspberry- leaves and stems too
  • Blueberry & Huckleberry
  • Cherry- no pits
  • Grape- leaves and vines too
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Pineapple- no skin Plums- no pit
  • Plum (no pits)
Note: Items listed in blue are things we have feed ourselves with no problem.

REMEMBER...whenever adding any new feed, give for 3 days and watch for their tolerance to each new food.  Even though some food are listed as safe some rabbits, like people, cannot tolerate certain foods or dislike certain things.  Eliminate any food that causes diarrhea or distress.