Updated: Dec 13, 2022
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Hay is rabbits' primary diet, cut grass from Timothy or another variety suitable for rabbits. They need unlimited hay daily, unlike the one specific grass we will discuss in this blog. It is called wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass is a type of grass good for rabbit treats that contain Vitamins A, C, and E. If wheatgrass is a treat, it is only good as a treat given to them once or twice a week. If they are given too much of this grass, it might upset their stomachs.
Let’s look at the steps on how to grow wheatgrass at home!
Grow Wheat Grass at Home
Wheatgrass is good if you are looking for another alternative healthy treat for your bunnies. It's easy to grow them at home, too. Since treats are given once or twice a week, wheatgrass is perfect for a treat because you only have to wait for 6-7 days before your rabbits can eat them.
Grow Wheat Grass for Your Rabbits: Step-by-Step
Here's how you grow wheatgrass at home. Follow these simple steps.
Organic wheatgrass seeds, dish basin or tray (with small holes at the bottom), container (with small holes on the lid), and soil.
Choose high-quality wheatgrass seeds. Germinate the seeds by putting them into the container. One small cup of seeds is enough. Put water in the container; it should be at least 1 inch from the seeds. Soak them for 7-8 hours.
Do not put the container in direct sunlight. It should be at room temperature.
After 8 hours, drain the container. Draining is easy because the lid has holes. You can see the seeds break from their coats. This will allow the seeds to start sprouting.
Turn the container upside down to keep on draining. Rinse the seeds 3 times and 12 hours apart. After the third rinse, you can see the seeds' sprouts.
Prepare the tray. The holes in it will help the soil to drain and not cause mold on the plant. Put at least an inch of organic soil mix in the tray. Flatten the surface using your hand or another available tray.
Spay water in the soil.
Once the soil is evenly distributed in the tray, put the germinated seeds carefully. The seeds should also be evenly placed on the soil. Then, spray with water again.
Place the tray of soil in a bright area but not in direct sunlight. Spray the seeds twice daily for 6-7 days to maintain the soil's moisture.
After a week, you can see beautiful wheatgrass in a tray, ready to be munched by the buns! Your bunny can only enjoy the tray of wheatgrass for a couple of minutes. It shouldn't stay long with your bunnies because too much wheatgrass is not good for them.
If you only have one bunny, consider getting a smaller tray, enough for a treat in a few minutes.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Growing Wheatgrass for Rabbits
Growing wheatgrass is easy! Your rabbit can have a fresh and tasty treat in just a week. Remember to buy organic and premium seeds for your rabbit's safe consumption of the grass.