Rabbit Feed

Good rabbit feed management is very important for rabbit farming. After constructing rabbit house and buying equipment, feed management is the single largest operating expenses. Rabbit feed management takes about 75% of total production cost. Rabbits are herbivore animal and they can consume different types of plants, leaves, vegetables etc. They can even consume the forage which people do not eat. And convert this forage to valuable meat, wool, fur etc. to meet up our demand.

Generally you can feed your rabbit anything from your garden, kitchen or forest. They love to eat peels, corn stalks, papaya, weeds, banana, pineapple corns, leaves, vines from pulses, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage etc. This types of feed can easily served to the rabbit but this can’t fulfill the nutrition demand of rabbit. So, small amounts of grains are necessary with their regular feed. If you don’t use compounded feed then add some salt in their feed.

An ideal rabbit feed should contain 12-18% crude protein, 7% minerals, 14% fiber and 2700 kilo calorie/kg metabolic energy. If you feed the rabbit at least 8% crude fiber containing feed then additional feeding of hay or fiber will not be necessary. Different types of rabbit pellets for different aged rabbit are available in the market. This types of pellets fulfill all the nutrient requirements of rabbit. This types of pellets are very useful and effective for commercial rabbit production.

Feeding
Feed habit and consumption rate depends on the age and breeds. In an average an adult does consume about 100g feed daily. A pregnant doe consume about 160g and lactating doe 350g feed. Chart of ideal feed ingredients and chemical composition of green grass and different concentrate mixture are shown below.






Feed Ingredients

Feed Ingredient of Different Dietary Group
Ingredients Dietary Group (Percent)
A B C
Green Grass As Much Possible As Much Possible As Much Possible
Wheat Bran 25 30 30
Wheat 59.85 59.48 34.48
Gram 35
Til Oil Cake 15
Soybean Meal 10
Embavit WS 0.02 0.02 0.025
Salt 0.5 0.5 0.5
Chemical Composition
Chemical Composition
Ingredients Dietary Group (Percent)
A B C
Dry Matter 90.05 89.87 89.35
Ether Extract 4.32 4.76 4.14
Crude Protein 16.22 16.11 16.13
Crude Fibre 4.57 4.46 4.67
Ash 5.82 5.09 4.9
Total Phosphorus 0.69 0.65 0.53
Calcium 0.39 0.10 0.14
Nitrogen Free Extract 69.05 69.18 69.94
ME kcal/100 gm DM 26.01 26.53 26.13

Nutrition
For keeping healthy and growing well rabbit needs proper nutrition. Because due to lack of any nutrient ingredients the growth may hamper. Chart of proper nutrition for rabbit is shown below.

Nutrient Requirements of Rabbit
Nutrient Different Group of Rabbit
Growth Maintenance Gestation Lactation
Crude Protein (%) 16 12 15 17
Crude Fiber (%) 10-12 14 10-12 10-12
Fat (%) 2 2 2 2
Calcium (%) 0.4 c 0.45 0.75
Phosphorous (%) 0.22 c 0.37 0.5
TDN (%) 65 55 58 70
Digestible Energy(Kcal) 0.22 c 0.37 0.5

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