Yes – Fresh basil can be fed to rabbits in small amounts.
What is basil?
Fresh basil is a flowering plant of the mint family. It is a tender perennial that is used as a culinary herb. It has a sweet and strong smell. Fresh basil is also called sweet basil, holy basil, and sacred basil.
What are the health benefits of fresh basil?
Fresh basil is a rich source of vitamin C which is important for immune function and healing process. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, a vitamin required for blood clotting.
How to prepare fresh basil for a rabbit
- Fresh basil should be washed before serving to remove any chemicals, dirt or insect eggs that may be present
- Next remove the leaves from the stems, tear them into smaller pieces
How much basil to give to a rabbit
Adult rabbits can generally be given up to 1 tablespoon per 2 pounds body weight. Basil contains moderately high levels of oxalate, which can cause stomach upset in your rabbit. It can also lead to bladder problems due to its high calcium concentrations.
How to store fresh basil
Fresh basil should be stored in the fridge in a plastic bag. It can last up to two days in the fridge.
Where can I buy fresh basil?
You can buy fresh basil at a grocery store or at a farmer’s market. You can also find it at your local garden center.
No – Rabbits should never be fed dried herbs such as dried basil.