Wild rabbits eat a variety of foods but the major component of their diet should always be grass. Grass helps keep wild rabbits' digestive tracts working. Twigs and hay also are healthy for wild rabbits.
Rabbits are herbivores and grass and hay are major parts of their diets. Pellets, generally sold for domesticated rabbits, can be fed to wild rabbits, but they are a high-fiber concentrated food source that should not be given in excess.
In most states, it is not legal to keep a wild rabbit as a pet. Even if a baby rabbit is orphaned, it is better off in the hands of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, notes House Rabbit Connection.
People feeding baby rabbits do need to be trained on proper technique and schedule. Many baby rabbits die from inexperienced people trying to feed them and injuring or overfeeding them.
Owners should primarily feed their pet rabbits hay. Rabbit owners often use Timothy hay, but other grass hays, such as meadow and oat, can provide healthy variety. Dark, leafy, washed greens are also important to feed a rabbit, and owners can supplement their diets with a good-quality pellet.
Tips for feeding young and mature rabbits include providing a type of food they are used to eating in the wild, such as fresh greens and hay. If feeding rabbits pellets, choose high-quality pellets that are high in fiber. Another tip is to add new food gradually into the old diet, as a sudden change
Most wild rabbits enjoy eating various herbs and grasses. They also eat their first passing of feces, known as cecotropes. These are passed again through the digestive system to extract as many nutrients as possible, then excreted as hard pellets.
Wild rabbits eat things such as lettuce, twigs, grass, herbs, clover, bark and buds. Rabbits also eat leafy weeds, and they search for fruit and crops to eat.
Mother rabbits feed their babies twice per day. They typically feed them in the morning and in the evening, usually taking no more than five minutes for each feeding.
Find free baby rabbits by visiting rabbit rescue groups classifieds through online websites or newspapers. Ads for free rabbits or discounted rabbits may also be visible in pet stores or veterinary offices.