Many people allow their rabbits free run of the garden during the summer months believing that they will instinctively avoid eating poisonous plants. However, this is not always the case and a rabbit must be confined to its run until all poisonous plants are removed.
If your rabbit has free run of the garden, it is ideal to remove any poisonous plants. Alternatively place a piece of chicken wire around the plant to prevent access to the rabbit. If the rabbit has a run, ensure that the plant is not in contact with the wire as they may nibble it through the wire.
Garden pesticides and herbicides may contain chemicals which are toxic to rabbits. Therefore avoid spraying weeds in areas where your rabbit may graze.
Plants collected from the roadside may be covered in dirt and exhaust fumes which contain lead and may be lethal to rabbits. Farmers routinely use chemical sprays to control pests and weeds, and plants which are collected may have spray residues on them.
It is essential to remember that you must be able to correctly identify the plant that you wish to feed to your rabbit to ensure that it is not toxic – some harmful plants can look similar to beneficial ones.