Can Rabbits Eat Turnips?

Can Rabbits Eat Turnips?

Turnips are a root veggie that usually grows in temperate climates and is a bulbous white taproot.

The larger turnips are often grown to feed to livestock and the smaller and more tender ones are often eaten by humans.

So can rabbits eat turnips at all?

Before we can answer this we need to look at the nutritional data surrounding this veggie. In particular the fat, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.4 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Dietary fiber 3.5 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(48%)381 μg
(42%)4575 μg
8440 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%)0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%)0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%)0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%)0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%)0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%)118 μg
Vitamin C (33%)27.4 mg
Vitamin E (13%)1.88 mg
Vitamin K (350%)368 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (14%)137 mg
Iron (6%)0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%)22 mg
Manganese (16%)0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%)29 mg
Potassium (4%)203 mg
Sodium (2%)29 mg
Link to USDA Database entry

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see from above turnips have a lot of calcium and acidic content and a hint of sugar, fibre and fat.

Because of this rabbits can eat a little turnips but not much because of the high calcium content.

At most a few small pieces a week will do. Anything more will cause your rabbit to experience bloating.

As well rabbits can eat the greens and tops as well as long as they don’t eat too much.

 

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