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Is it good or bad? Can Jerusalem artichoke be given to rabbits and other pets?


The health of the animals that you keep on your site, or in the house, directly depends on proper feeding.

In this case, it is not important how much you feed them, but what quality the feed that is offered to the animals.

Jerusalem artichoke is a complete food, it contains all the necessary substances that are necessary for the animal's body. The plant grows well without much care and requires a minimum of attention to itself, which is a big plus when choosing a feed.

Earthen pear in the diet of animals

The ground pear is an excellent forage crop. It is not only possible, but also necessary to be used as animal feed. It contains a large amount of amino acids, vitamins, protein, fiber. This plant is eaten with pleasure:

  • Domestic bird;
  • rabbits;
  • small ruminants;
  • horses;
  • cattle;
  • pigs;
  • guinea pigs, hamsters.

Here are some examples of why it is worth using an earthen pear in the diet of animals:

  1. Animals that eat feed with the addition of this plant feel much better, and in case of illness they do not need antibiotics.
  2. An earthen pear increases the weight of animals if they are raised for slaughter. At the same time, this does not affect the taste of meat in any way.
  3. With the help of fruits, you can increase the amount of milk received from the cow. Its fat and protein content also increases several times.
  4. Poultry begins to lay better, eggs become richer in taste.

This is a very useful and useful plant in agriculture. In addition, it always gives a large harvest.

Attention! It is not worth it to force feed animals with an earthen pear. Pay attention to their taste preferences.

What part of the plant is used for feed?

The ground pear is a unique forage crop. Animals are happy to eat juicy and green stems, leaves, crunchy watery tubers. Greens can also be used for silage.

Note to farmers: cows and pigs only need about five kg of tubers per day and you will immediately notice that the milk yield from cows has increased and the milk yield of the sow too.

The fruits can be fed to animals even all year round, if you leave the plant in the ground for the winter and dig them up as needed. The plant is frost-resistant and tolerates well even the most severe cold.

What to give to chickens (poultry)?

The main part of bird food in summer is greenery. Chickens are great at using fresh leaves. In autumn, tubers can already be included in the diet. They should be chopped well enough before feeding the birds. The approximate volume per individual is about 200 grams per day.

Chickens that consume the earthen pear begin to lay better. The eggs become tastier and richer in color. If you dry the leaves, then in winter you can delight your poultry.

The plant should be introduced into the animal's diet gradually, to avoid stomach upset!

How to feed rabbits?

For rabbits, both the greens of the earthen pear and its root are suitable. They are especially eager to eat fresh stems. But for the winter, you can prepare hay and silage. The thick stems of the plant help the rabbits to grind their teeth.

In winter, the earthen pear is a source of energy. It is also helpful to give your rabbits its tubers if you are raising animals for meat. The plant increases body weight well. If the rabbit feeds her offspring, Jerusalem artichoke will provide more milk for the babies.

What is good for goats and sheep?

Goats and sheep eat both the greens of the plant and its tubers. It is not recommended to give dirty fruits. They should be cleaned of dirt and cut into small pieces.

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can be given both raw and boiled. In winter, you can feed the dried stems of the plant. The presence of Jerusalem artichoke in the diet of the animal will ensure its high productivity and health.

How to treat the pigs?

Pigs are unpretentious animals. They eat both greens and tubers. From time to time they can be offered boiled Jerusalem artichoke, during cooking, it does not lose its useful qualities. If you decide to feed animals in the winter, then you definitely cannot do without an earthen pear. The weight gain of the animal takes place by 30%.

For a sow, for example, 4-5 tubers are enough and the piglets will receive more breast milk. Jerusalem artichoke can be cut into small pieces for pigs, or in autumn, they can be released onto a plot of land where an earthen pear grows. They will get their own food.

What to add to hamster food?

Hamsters, guinea pigs and other small herbivorous pets gladly consume Jerusalem artichoke greens. The animal receives all the vitamins and minerals it needs. It is enough to add greens to the diet just once a week. The stems can be dried for the winter.

Do not be afraid and introduce new foods into the animal's diet. Jerusalem artichoke will only benefit your pets and livestock. The main rule is not to overfeed. After all, Jerusalem artichoke is a very nourishing plant. It is required at least two times less compared to the amount of regular feeding. For instance. If a fattening cow eats about 30 kg of hay, then only 15 kg of Jerusalem artichoke will be enough.

The earthen pear is unmatched when viewed as early spring feed. When the ordinary grass has not yet grown, and the Jerusalem artichoke tubers in the ground are ready for use. For those who keep livestock, it is simply necessary to have this plant on their site, at least as a safety option. Jerusalem artichoke is a high-carbohydrate feed, an additive to the main diet of both cattle and small pets.


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