Yes – Radish can be fed to adult rabbit sparingly.
What is radish?
Radish is a white root that belongs to the Brassicaceae family of vegetables. Radish comes in a variety of colors. It is colloquially known as “red radish” and its shape is similar to that of a turnip. It has a mild, peppery flavor.
What are the health benefits of radish?
There are a number of health benefits that radishes provide for rabbits:
- Radish is a rich source of fiber, which is essential for good digestive health. Fiber is an easily digestible carbohydrate that helps to prevent constipation and diarrhoea by regulating the digestive system.
- Radish also contains isothiocyanate, which is a compound that can help to stimulate the liver. This can help to detoxify the liver and reduce the risk of cancer.
- Radishes are a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, and fiber.
- They’re also very rich in vitamin A and potassium.
How to prepare radish for a rabbit
- Remove the outer leaves, roots and stem.
- Peel skin and remove any dirt or grit that may be present.
- Wash thoroughly and cut them into bite size pieces and serve.
How much radish to give to a rabbit
General recommendation is 1 tablespoon per 2 lbs body weight due to its high calcium content which can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Radish can be fed to obese rabbits because it is low in calories.
It is not recommended to feed baby bunnies radish because they have very sensitive digestive tracts.
The amount of radish that you should give to a rabbit depends on the size of the rabbit. You should give about ¼ cup for a small rabbit, up to 1 cup for a large rabbit.
How to store radish
Pat dry with a paper towel and store in a plastic bag or container in the fridge.
Where can I buy radish?
You can buy fresh radish from a grocery store or farmer’s market. Make sure it is not wilted or damaged. It should be firm to the touch and not soft or slimy. If you have a garden you can also grow your own radish.
Yes – Anything from the small red radishes to watermelon radishes to large daikons are safe for a rabbit to consume.