My friend Chrissy has been testing and researching various greens and how well they work as rabbit feed. Since she lives in Florida, a lot of these plants are subtropical species, but some may be of use to northerners as well:
“There is a large conversation taking up bits of internet as more people worldwide work on safe, natural diets to feed rabbits. There is so much information out there, but most is for climates that have plants that do not grow well here in Central Florida. I aim for this list to include plants that are nutritious and grow relatively problem-free throughout Florida.
The nutritional makeup up a rabbit’s complete diet is a large subject best explored in another post. This is meant to be just a list of safe plants, along with a list of common but unsafe plants.” (Click here to see the complete list)
Chrissy is a permaculture gal and an experimental thinker. More people should be experimenting like this. A lot of us blindly accept what we read or hear from the local agricultural extension. Remember, the system we have now is going to end one day. At that point, bagged feed for your animals will become scarce until local producers take up the slack.
Animals like rabbits and chickens were on this earth a long time before Purina came along… and they’ll be on this earth a long time after Purina is gone. Figuring out how to feed your livestock in a crisis should be a top priority… unless you want to live on potatoes.