Alfalfa sprouts are the almost mature shoots of the alfalfa plant. It is used all around the world in different forms as some people simply eat it in raw form as a salad while some cook as well. There is no second opinion that alfalfa sports are full of various nutrients and proteins and this is the reason that it can be found in any region of the world.
Let’s take some time to discuss it in terms of rabbits because people usually ask, can rabbits eat alfalfa sports? Well, in simple words, YES, rabbits can eat alfalfa sprouts but there are many more facts and factors that need to be understood so that you don’t end up getting negative results. Continue reading this article as it will guide you about all factors that make them safe for cats such as the quantity, how regularly, etc.
Do rabbits eat alfalfa sprouts?
Rabbits do eat alfalfa sprouts and they are considered good for their health as well. Experts and common people claim that alfalfa sprouts are extremely good for bunnies in their age of growth while it is beneficial for adults as well. This food is rich with almost all kinds of nutrients which is a great thing in one place while can be harmful to the health as well. This is the reason why you need some proper planning on what should be the ratio and frequency of this food.
In a single word, YES. It’s completely safe and good to feed bean sprouts to rabbits as they do not bring any harm or health issues. All you need is to ensure that you are only feeding bean sports in a proper quantity and moderation. You can get an idea by the fact that rabbits can eat beans and their sprouts are almost the same as beans themselves.
Broccoli sprouts are not really appreciated by the rabbits and experts recommend not feeding this food to rabbits at all. The main reason behind this prohibition is the fact that feeding broccoli sprouts to your rabbits can cause gas. This can be extremely painful for them which can lead to some major issues as well.
Yes, rabbits can eat clover sprouts and they are quite safe for their health as well. The gas factor may cause issues but this will only occur if you feed clover sprouts in higher quantities. You should keep this fact in mind that clover is one of the few plants whose all parts such as stems, flowers, leaves, etc can be given to rabbits.
Yes, rabbits are good to go with radish sprouts as they are safe for them to eat. One of the crazy things is that radish sprouts may not be liked by some rabbits. It is also possible that one rabbit is eating radish sprouts while the other rabbit of the same species does not like the taste at all.
Not at all. There is no denying that eating alfalfa sprouts is good for rabbits’ growth and health but they should never be given to them on a daily basis. This can increase the level of calcium and alkaloids which can cause various minor to major issues, especially in the digestive system.
Are alfalfa sprouts safe for rabbits to eat?
Alfalfa sprouts are safe for rabbits to eat as far as you are following a proper diet plan. There are no such ingredients in the composition that can cause harm but if given too often or in higher quantities, it can cause some serious health issues where upset stomach and issues in the digestive system are the most prominent outcomes.
Alfalfa has a good amount of calcium, carbohydrates, and alkaloids which can be hazardous for rabbits’ health if given too much. Apart from this, the species of rabbits may also have an impact because some may not go well with such foods and only like to have other greens.
Alfalfa is not poisonous in its natural composition but because it contains high amounts of calcium and carbohydrates, feeding it to adults can lead to some serious health problems.
Experts claim that giving alfalfa sprouts to rabbits in higher quantities or on a regular basis can directly affect their digestive system which can badly damage their kidneys and bladder, in most cases.
This is the reason that you should add alfalfa sprouts to rabbits’ diet routine as a supplement food instead of the main diet course. As long as the right amount is given, there will be no issues at all.
The exact answer mainly depends on the size, age, and health conditions of the rabbits. Experts claim that if your rabbit or bunny is not showing any ill effects after eating alfalfa sprouts, feeding adults almost the size of their head would be enough.
For bunnies or rabbits at a young age, giving only 1-2 alfalfa sprouts would be enough. You may increase the quantity over time but it should be done after the proper observance of the rabbits’ behavior to make sure that they are doing well with the current quantity.
As far as the question “how often” is considered, you can feed alfalfa sprouts to your rabbits about 2-3 times a week without any issues.
What are the nutritional facts of alfalfa sprouts?
One of the best ways to decide whether a food is suitable for rabbits or any other pet is to look into the nutritionalu facts of that particular food. Below is the nutritional information about the alfalfa sprouts that will help you realize why alfalfa sprouts are safe and good for rabbits to eat.
|Energy 96 kJ (23 kcal)|
|Carbohydrates 2.1 g|
|Dietary fiber 1.9 g|
|Fat 0.7 g|
|Protein 4 g|
|Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.076 mg|
|Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.126 mg|
|Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.481 mg|
|Pantothenic acid (B5) (11%) 0.563 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.034 mg|
|Folate (B9) (9%) 36 μg|
|Vitamin C (10%) 8.2 mg|
|Vitamin K (29%) 30.5 μg|
|Calcium (3%) 32 mg|
|Iron (7%) 0.96 mg|
|Magnesium (8%) 27 mg|
|Manganese (9%) 0.188 mg|
|Phosphorus (10%) 70 mg|
|Potassium (2%) 79 mg|
|Sodium (0%) 6 mg|
|Zinc (10%) 0.92 mg|
Alfalfa sprouts are more than safe for the bunnies as many people claim that they use them to feed their bunnies alfalfa sprouts for their better growth. As this food is rich in calcium and has almost all the necessary nutrients and protein, many people and experts recommend feeding this to your bunnies when they are young or at growing age. Just make sure you don’t feed alfalfa sprouts regularly or in large quantities as it will only bring negatives instead of positives.
Rabbits, whether they are adults or at a young age, like to eat alfalfa sprouts but you need to take care of a few things. The first thing is to never use this food as a regular or main course and second thing is to feed it in little quantities. Alfalfa is a high alkaloids plant so make sure you don’t feed alfalfa sprouts to bunnies or rabbits if you are feeding them any greens that have high alkaloids as it can cause issues.
Shannon work as nurse practitioner in Alliance Health Medical Group. She own pets and she love pets. With her knowledge in medicine, she know what can the pet eat and what can’t