Welcome aboard as a Saving Thumpers foster carer!
While our rescues are in your care, we require you to stick to the diet plan as set out below.
- Fresh clean drinking water provided in a bowl and bowl is to be rinsed daily to avoid germs & harmful bacteria
- Unlimited access to Oaten Hay (or meadow hay, or Timothy hay), which is to be refreshed and topped up daily
- 2-4 Tablespoons (or 1 egg cup) max per day of quality pellets, brands from the below list only
- 1-2 leaves max per day (preferably every 2nd day) of low oxalic acid leafy greens or herbs from the list further down
- 1-2 approved treats per day (limit fruit to a tiny serving max 2 times per week).
As stated above, feed only 1-2 treats per day max, and if feeding fresh or dried fruit make sure it’s no larger than the size of a $2 coin. Fruit contains natural sugars that can upset the stomach flora, so it's best to keep fruit to a very minimal serving or not feed at all.
Apart from our own amazing dehydrated hay based treats, some of our other favourite treats to feed the buns are;
- Rose petals & leaves
- Hibiscus flowers & leaves
- Apple & Pear tree branches & leaves
- Willow branches & leaves
- Chaff (finely cut hay either plain or combined with herbs, flowers etc)
Unfortunately we can't afford expensive bloat and blockage surgeries, so by regularly grooming your foster bunny and following our feeding guide will ensure our rescues have the best chance of not becoming unwell from fur block.
Safe Food List
Not every single safe food is listed below, but it's a good guide for foods readily available at the farmers markets and grocery stores.
Foods high in oxalic acid should only be fed sparingly, 2-3 times per week and just a little at a time.
Non-leafy vegetables on the list should also be fed sparingly as although they are safe, they can sometimes cause gas which will make your bunny uncomfortable. Gas can lead to them not wanting to eat which can then lead to GI Stasis. Some non-leafy veg are also high in carbs so will be fattening if fed too often (carrot and pumpkin for example).
Always do your research before feeding plants and flowers from your garden to your bunnies, and ensure that anything fed is coming from a pesticide-free environment.
|LEAFY GREENS - Low oxalic acid||HERBS - no onion/garlic types||PLANTS & FLOWERS|
|Dandelion Greens||Dried Nettle||Cornflower|
|Fennel (tips and base)||Lemon Balm||Dahlia|
|Raspberry Leaves||Mint (any variety)||Hibiscus|
|Spring Lettuce Mix (wash well)||Parsley||Lavender|
|LEAFY GREENS - High oxalic acid||Thyme||Pansy|
|Beet Greens||FRUIT - treat only, tiny amounts||Rose|
|Chard (Swiss & Rainbow)||Apple||Rose|
|Endive||Apricot (no pits)||Sunflower|
|Spinach||Cherry (no pits)|
|Sprouts||Cherry Tomato (no leaves)||AVOID|
|NON LEAFY VEG||Kiwi Fruit||Aloe Vera|
|Brussel Sprouts||Mulberry||Bulb Plants|
|Cabbage||Nectarine (no pits)||Chocolate|
|Capsicum||Orange (no peel)||Corn|
|Kohlrabi||Peach (no pits)||Garlic|
|Squash||Plum (no pits)||Onion|
|Seeds & Nuts|
There is a very good comprehensive list of toxic plants available here: https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Toxic_plants