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.Know More
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 about Rabbits & Hares
Rabbits like to eat plenty of grass and grass hay, but pellets and greens can be added to their diet. They also eat seeds, tree barks, tender twigs and fruits. Ideally, their diet should mimic the wild as much as possible. High fiber content in their diet is crucial to their digestion.Full Answer >
Predators of rabbits include larger mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons and opossums; predatory birds, such as owls, hawks and snakes; and domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs. Rabbits are vulnerable to predation from many animals, but their risk of predation varies depending on their environments. Rabbits living in urban areas fall prey to larger domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs, while those living in the wild fall victim to predatory birds and larger mammals.Full Answer >
It is safe for rabbits to eat mint leaves. Mint leaves can be fed in addition to other leafy herbs and greens such as, spinach, carrot tops, turnip greens, Swiss chard and mustard greens.Full Answer >
Wild rabbits seldom eat nuts, so they should not be fed to domestic rabbits. Nuts are too high in fat to be digested properly. A healthy diet for a rabbit consists primarily of hay and vegetables.Full Answer >