Can Rabbits Eat Eggs? The edibility of eggs for rabbits has been a controversial topic among rabbit health specialists, and rabbit owners.

According to some medical experts, rabbits can comfortably eat eggs. Some rabbit owners disagree with this idea. They claim that their rabbits either died or experienced severe consequences as a result of eating eggs.

Eggs are a common food item around the world. Both humans and some animals can eat it.

Your rabbit may not know which foods are harmful to its health especially if it has lived indoors its entire life. It only has preferences for flavors. Due to this, the owner has to be in control of everything it consumes.

If you have some skepticism about whether to feed eggs to your rabbits, you’ve come to the right place.

We have extensively researched and consulted top health experts from around the world. With the result of this research, we can give a final verdict on whether rabbits can eat eggs. Keep on reading to learn the honest opinions of these health specialists.

Can Rabbits Eat Eggs
Can Rabbits Eat Eggs

Can Rabbits Eat Eggs?

The answer is yes and no. The quantity of the eggs determines whether the rabbits will remain safe and healthy after consumption.

On an overall scale, your rabbit will be better off if you do not feed it eggs. You should not keep any eggs within their reach either. The digestive system of a rabbit is ideally meant to process only fiber, hay, pellets, and vegetables. This is the main reason why rabbits appear to be vegetarians.

Protein will be foreign to a rabbit’s digestive system. Most rabbits have an allergy to all kinds of dairy.

The eggs’ protein and fat composition will remain the same even if they are boiled, or scrambled. Even if they are fried, or cooked into omelets, they would still have the same effects. 

It doesn’t matter what kind of bird created it either. According to some farmers, brown eggs have fewer negative consequences for rabbits.

Are There Any Benefits Of Eggs For Rabbits?

Eggs are rich in protein and fat content. They possess an enriching amount of vitamins as well. Sadly, a majority of its content is useless to a rabbit’s system.

If any of these nutrients are introduced into a rabbit’s system, there would be consequences.

The best diet for rabbits consists of hay, and a small number of fresh vegetables. A limited number of pellets is also necessary. You can treat your rabbit to a special snack. But it is best to stick to small amounts of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Can Rabbits Have Canned Eggs?

Canned eggs are no safer than their fresh counterparts. If anything, they are worse. The preservation chemicals can pose more threats to the rabbit’s health. If you would even feed a rabbit any eggs at all, ensure that it is fresh off the farm.

As a safety precaution, it would be best if you do not feed canned food of any kind to your rabbit.

If you must, make proper research to ensure that these products are approved. You could ask your vet for recommendations.

But, as for canned eggs, they are a complete no.

How Many Eggs Can Rabbits Safely Eat?

It could be okay to offer your rabbit a tiny quantity of egg now and then, like a quarter or half of a hard-boiled egg. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to keep an eye on how your rabbit responds to the egg. Get a vet’s guidance if you have any worries about their health.

A large egg contains about 186 mg of cholesterol and 5 grams of fat, of which 1.6 grams is saturated fat. Rabbits do not need saturated fat in their diet. 

They are prone to developing obesity and related health problems if they consume too much fat. Anything fed to a rabbit should be high in fiber and low in fat. Less than 3% of the total caloric intake should come from fat. 

Cholesterol is not typically a concern in a rabbit’s diet. This is because rabbits do not produce cholesterol and do not need it in their diet.

What Would I Do If My Rabbit Swallowed An Entire Egg?

Can Rabbits Eat Eggs


How about the yolk?- Are all parts of an egg toxic to the rabbit?

All parts of an egg have the same effects on a rabbit. Excessive intake of either the yolk, shell, or white can lead to any of the risks mentioned above.

Can rabbits have eggs as occasional treats?

Yes, you can let rabbits have eggs as occasional treats. But, serve them these treats only once a day, or more than thrice a week.

How fast do the adverse effects react when a rabbit consumes too many eggs?

The adverse effects of consuming too many eggs depend on the number of eggs consumed. In general, rabbits have a relatively fast metabolism. They can consume foods relatively quickly.

What if my Rabbit wants the eggs?

Since you’re in charge of their feeding, you should limit their intake to very small amounts. Minute amounts of eggs won’t cause them to develop highly adverse effects. Since they have shown interest in the eggs, it means their taste buds are compatible with them.

Are scrambled eggs safer than boiled eggs?

Both have equal benefits and effects on the rabbit’s digestive system. And they are both choking risks as well.

Which rabbits don’t need excess protein?

All rabbits do not need excess protein. But young, sick, old, or pregnant are particularly fragile. So, you must do all it takes to ensure they never get excessive protein. An overdose of protein can be fatal for these groups of rabbits.


Eggs may contain protein that can benefit a rabbit. But, there are too many risks and cautions involved.

If your rabbit must have any protein, opt for hay and vegetables instead. If possible, ask your vet to draw a feeding plan for you.

Your rabbits will start displaying symptoms of discomfort in a few hours. It would be best if you took them to a vet as soon as possible.

With quick action, you can save their lives.

About the Author

Dr Esther Praag

Dr ès sc. Esther van Praag is a renowned researcher and scientist in the field of rabbit biology and diseases. She received her doctorate degree from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published numerous papers in top scientific journals and has received numerous awards and honors for her work.

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