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Yes, rabbits can eat silverbeet (also known as chard, Swiss chard, perpetual spinach, spinach beet, crab beet, bright lights, seakale beet, and mangold).

SOME OTHER FOODS FOR RABBITS:

apple

carrot

banana

watermelon

broccoli

celery

turnips

Pears

but limit lettuce and cabbage because they have a toxin (lactucarium) which doesn't badly harm rabbits but can make them sleepy etc.

The lactucarium in lettuce can actually badly harm rabbits: it can give them diarrhoea, which can be life-threatening. There's more lactucarium in white lettuces than dark lettuces. Rabbits shouldn't eat white or light-coloured lettuces at all; dark-coloured lettuces should be limited.

Fruits and most vegetables (including those listed above) should be limited as treats because they're high in sugars and/or starches, which are not very good for rabbits. The House Rabbit Society recommends no more than 2 tablespoons of fresh treat foods per day for a normal healthy 6 pound rabbit.

Silverbeet, broccoli, and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables. Crucifers should be limited because they can cause gas in rabbits, which can actually lead to deadly illness (GI Stasis). Some rabbits are fine with crucifers in moderation; other rabbits get gas very easily, and they shouldn't have crucifers at all. The key is to pay attention and learn about your rabbit's individual responses to food.

If you notice gas in your rabbit, you should give first aid, and be prepared to bring your rabbit to a vet if the gas doesn't go away within a few hours. The longer the gas goes unrelated, the higher chances of the rabbit developing GI stasis and dying. See the related question below about broccoli for details about signs and treatment of gas in rabbits.

See the related question below for more information about a healthy rabbit diet.

Fresh corn was previously recommended here, but it's actually very dangerous for rabbits, because they can't digest the hulls (the covering of each corn kernel), so eating corn can lead to deadly gut impaction. See the related link below for details/source.

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