Can rabbits eat Capsicum?

Rabbit blog post

Yes, rabbits can eat capsicum (also known as bell peppers) as part of their diet. Capsicums provide essential vitamins and minerals and can be offered raw or cooked. It is rich in vitamin C, which is beneficial for their overall health.

They should be fed in moderation as a treat, no more than a couple of tablespoons per day for an average size rabbit of two kilograms or so. 

Capsicum Color Notes
Green Safe for rabbits and commonly available
Red Safe for rabbits and provides added nutrients
Yellow Safe for rabbits and adds variety to their diet
Orange Safe for rabbits and can be enjoyed in moderation
Purple Safe for rabbits, but less commonly available


Remove any seeds or stems before feeding capsicum to your rabbit, and always wash it thoroughly to remove any pesticides or dirt

Remember, it's important to introduce capsicum gradually and in small amounts to ensure that your rabbit tolerates it well. Always offer a varied diet that includes a mix of hay, fresh vegetables, and limited amounts of specially formulated rabbit pellets.

How much capsicum can rabbits eat? 

Rabbits can eat capsicum (bell peppers) in moderation. Capsicum is safe for rabbits and can provide them with essential vitamins and minerals. However, due to their high water content and potential for causing digestive upset, it's best to offer capsicum as an occasional treat rather than a regular part of their diet. Introduce capsicum gradually into your rabbit's diet and monitor their response. A small slice or a few small pieces of capsicum a few times a week should be sufficient. Always wash the capsicum thoroughly, remove the seeds and stem, and ensure it is fresh and free from any pesticides or harmful chemicals before feeding it to your rabbit.

Hay should make up 80% of your rabbits diet.

How much can my rabbit eat? 

While it is easy to say that 80% of the diet should be hay, 15% vegetables and greens, and 5% pellets, what does this actually look like?

Rabbit weight (kgs)  Hay Pellets (cups) Greens (cups) Vegetables (tablespoon)
1 Unlimited 1/8 1 1
2 Unlimited 1/8 2 2
3 Unlimited 1/4 3 3
4 Unlimited 1/2 4 4
5 Unlimited 1/2 5 5
6 Unlimited 3/4 6 6
7 Unlimited 3/4 7 7

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