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Old 04-12-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!
Does anyone have any experience with using rabbit "rollies" as fertilizer? How do you go about using it?

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Old 04-12-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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Even though many people often state that rabbit manure can be applied directly to the garden, it contains a higher nitrogen content that most manures, which canburn the plants if applied heavily. So, like other natural "fertilizers" should be composted before adding to the garden. We generally till it in early in the year before we plant, giving it time to break down. You can also make a manure "tea", but the fecal pellets don't break apart easily so it is rather time consuming to try to mix it into a slurry.

Composting is also a very good reason due to health concerns (rabbit manure can harbor intestinal viruses that can infect humans).

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Old 04-12-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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rollies lol. I do actually, cept I use it with my litter which is like yesterdays news, I just dump it straight on the garden or in the compost heap. I also dump it then mix it in with the soil using a spade, the produce (weeds lol) growing from those areas is prolific, kinda wish I never did it haha just means more weeds to pick lol. the composts soil is much more rich and nutritious for plants going in that too.

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Old 04-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #4
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Yup, I throw is in a big pile and my Dad mixed it with donkey poop and put it with the soil a couple of weeks ago, and the onions are coming up already. It's supposed to be one of the best fertilizers

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Old 04-12-2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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Composting? How exactly would i go upon this if i just wanna do rabbit poo? I've heard that i can get a small out door garbage and fill it with soil and worms and then put the rabbit poo in, and the worms will compost it. Is this correct? How long does it need to sit for?

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Old 04-12-2009, 08:49 PM   #6
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What Pam said makes sort of sense to me. Our grass in the back is densely sprinkled with poop and if it gets too clustered the grass actually dies off. We have loads of bald patches due to an excess of rabbit poop. I am beginning to wonder how to counteract it.

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #7
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Actually, rabbit manure has a lower amount of nitrogen, which is why it's better to use on your plants, because it doesn't burn them. That's what I've read anyway

I put my manure in a bin, mix it some water, dirt and put worms in there. It takes a while to break down (actually the stuff I have right now is really nasty cause it's been there for a year! and we haven't done anything with it...it's just a small tub though.) and then you can mix it in with the dirt of your plants.

During this past summer, I took some and mixed it with the dirt of a rose bush, and the roses turned out really nice.

Of course, you don't want to overload plants/bushes, etc. so you just add a correct amount in with the dirt.

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:11 PM   #8
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I wonder if it can be used directly on certain plants but maybe better composted on others? My lawn is suffering terribly from it though

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:16 PM   #9
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Are you sure there isn't something else going on in with lawn? I know with my bunnies run the grass is still lovely and green.

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Old 04-12-2009, 09:24 PM   #10
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I was actually thinking of your run since you'd have the same climate and I am not sure if you can change the fencing around? My rabbits are out though almost every day for most of the day.
By the way I started a new thread as I didn't want to hijack this one



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