There are lots of spring plants that rabbits like and, fed in moderation, they are really good for them – too much green stuff can upset their digestion – but a few leaves of a few different plants every day is fine – and they really enjoy them.
Comfrey leaves and flowers are a favourite – not to be confused with foxglove which has the same shape leaves. Comfrey is very easy to distinguish at this time of year as it’s in flower and foxglove is just leaves.
Foxglove is digitalis and very poisonous so make sure you pick comfrey plants with flowers.
Rabbits like most herbs, these are chives which have a slightly onion smell.
Another spring weed in garlic mustard, or Jack-by-the-hedge which has a mild garlic scent – rabbits like flowers and leaves – smaller plants are most tender.
And of course the dandelion, just leaves and again in moderation – just two or three leaves a day.
I like to give each rabbit a choice of leaves and see which they eat first – they don’t all choose the same ones first. Dandelion likes comfrey and Fiver likes chives.
Every day I get real pleasure from picking a few choice titbits and watching the rabbits enjoy eating them – the hens like some plants too, particularly the brassicas, but their favourite is always bread and they come running when they see me carrying a basket.