The diet of wild rabbits is partially determined by season. From spring to fall, they consume grass, clover, wildflowers, crops and weeds, while during the winter they subsist on buds, twigs, bark and any green plant. They also eat their own feces in a process called coprophagy, allowing them to maximize nutrients gained from difficult-to-digest vegetation.
Wild rabbits begin eating vegetation at around 2 weeks, joining their mother by the time they are 4- to 5-weeks-old. They like to feed and travel along human areas and paths. Their feeding areas are indicated by the presence of flower heads, buds and young stems cleanly clipped off or evidence of gnawing on fallen twigs and woody branches. Weeds and clover cropped close to the ground also reveal the presence of wild rabbits.
Wild rabbits eat farm and garden crops, causing them to come into conflict with foresters, farmers and others. Areas can be blocked to try and prevent access, but once rabbits have congregated, it is difficult to deter them. Instead, planting rabbit-resistant plants can deter their appetites, though it is important to note that if their preferred foods are unavailable, rabbits eat anything they can. Black-eyed Susans, snapdragons, rosemary, mint and sage are all less-palatable to wild rabbits.Learn More
A group of rabbits living in the wild is called a colony or nest. All rabbits, except cottontails, live underground in burrows, or rabbit holes. A group of burrows is called a warren. Cottontail rabbits live above ground in nests and usually do not live in groups.Full Answer >
Wild rabbits are one of the most common culprits when it comes to damaged or eaten marigolds outdoors. Domesticated pet rabbits also eat marigolds as they are the same species as the European rabbits found in the wild.Full Answer >
Rabbits can eat tomatoes, but they are not recommended as a main source of nutrition. Tomatoes are very high in sugar, and rabbits should only consume them in small amounts.Full Answer >
Rabbits can consume up to two tablespoons worth of grapes without becoming ill. While grapes are not particularly toxic, their negative health effects on rabbits are similar to those of other sugary foods, including carrots. A rabbit's digestive tract relies upon large amounts of fiber to keep it functioning, and sugary foods can interfere with their delicate digestive balance.Full Answer >