Recently I’ve adopted two baby rabbits (approximately three months old). From the very first day, I surprisingly observe that they love to eat fresh corn. They not only eat the soft corn but also eat the husks, I mean the green outer part of the maize cob!
I know hay is the primary food for rabbits. But suddenly I thought that should rabbit eat corn? Actually, there is a big argument here. Some people feed mature corn to their rabbit year after year without any problem.
But the truth is different. It is strongly prohibited to feed corn to rabbits. In this article, I will get deep down everything about rabbit and corn. So, let’s get started.
Can Rabbits Eat Corn?
In short, No, you should not give fresh, dried, or cooked corn to your bunny. It is sad to say because my bunny loves fresh and sweet corn very much. The hull of corn kernels includes complex polysaccharides. Usually, the rabbit can not digest complex polysaccharides. So, corn can be lethal to your bunny in extreme conditions (like overeating).
Cellulose and pectin are digestible for rabbits. And most of the plant cells contain cellulose and pectin.
But now the confusion is what about those who feed corn to their bunny for a long time. Even I found no problem with the fresh raw corn with my rabbit.
The practical answer is “the theoretical answer is not applicable for all conditions.” every case has an exception. Likewise, some rabbits can digest corn without facing the problem. Even they become healthier and gain weight in some particular cases.
But the exception is the exception. We should be in the safe zone for our adorable pets. That is why I stopped providing corn to them. I suggest you stop giving corn to your bunny. There are a lot of alternatives, vegetables, fruits to corn. Then why should you take the risk?
So, What Are The Scientific Reason To Avoid Corn kernels?
Hulls of corn kernels could create intestinal wounds and blockage of the rabbit. (polysaccharide is the concern here for digestion)
Low carb food items are perfect for rabbits. Corn contains a high amount of starch and sugar. Ultimately, it doesn’t meet the essential criteria for rabbit food.
On this day, all the corns are not grown organically. Moreover, most varieties are GMO products for more production.
In some particular cases, corn may have mycotoxin, including. So, it would be better to avoid it.
Can Rabbits Eat Corn Cobs?
No, you should not feed corn cobs to your rabbit. Usually, the rabbit does not like the cob of the maize. You might want to feed the fresh cobs for chewing purposes. But it would not be a good plan anymore.
Maize cobs don’t include any significant nutrients. Moreover, it doesn’t have any taste. So, why should you feed the cobs to your bunny?
Can Rabbits Eat Corn Husks?
Yes, rabbits can eat corn husks. Actually, corn husks refer to the green leafy part that covers the maize cobs. Rabbit loves the corn husks very much. Personally, I provide the fresh green leafy corn husks to my bunny.
The leafy parts contain a high amount of fiber. That is much needed for the bunny. If you want the natural chew toys to your bun, you could provide the corn husks as chew toys. It could be a great treat to your bunny.
Can Rabbits Eat Popcorn?
No popcorn is not safe for bunny like the corn. Popcorn is not digestible for the bunny. Moreover, popcorn includes other additives like salt, masala that is not suitable for the rabbit at all.
Very sad to say, many of us have a wrong idea about popcorn. Even you will see the live scenario in your surroundings. If you provide popcorn daily to your bunny, you may see obesity, digestible problems to your rabbit.
Yes, popcorn could be a tasty snack for humans, but not for a bunny at all.
What About The Corn Leaves?
Yes, the rabbit can eat the corn leaves. There is no danger with the corn leaves. Usually, the bunny doesn’t like mature corn leaves. They love to eat fresh and soft leaves. You can provide as much as they like to eat. Since it is a seasonal crop, you have no chance to provide the corn leaves all around the year.
What About The stalks?
Yes, like the corn leaves rabbit can eat the stalks. Please make sure that the stalks and leaves are pesticide-free. Otherwise, there is a considerable chance of food poisoning to your bunny.
Nutrition Facts Of Corn
|Vitamin K||0.7 mcg|
|Vitamin C||10.2 mg|
|vitamin B1 (Thiamine)||4 mg|
|vitamin B9 (Folate)||75.4mcg|
So the summary is you should not feed corn to your bunny. Someone may tell you that feeding a small amount of feeding occasionally is not a big issue. Yes, it is not a big issue if your bunny can digest properly like mine.
But why should you take the risk? You have plenty of alternatives to corn. You could accustom to your bunny with the natural and available vegetables.
Alex is a full-time pet lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of a cat and two rabbits. It’s his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living. Alex starts this blog to share his thoughts, experience to help passionate pet lovers and hobbyists. Stay blessed!