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    anyone give me types of edible grasses or anything else that I can grow in pots or planters inside for my rabbits to graze on during free hop time? Any information would be appreciated.
     
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    I know this isn't the type of grass you were looking for, but I'll tell you anyway. I bought my rabbit cat grass and he loved it! I believe mint is safe, but but I'm not positive.
     
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    Mint is definitely good I give some dried mint a couple times a week, will have fresh soon too. They love it!

    >>Mint is a healthy addition to a rabbits diet. Like most potent herbs it should be fed in moderation - one sprig/day versus a big handful. Mint is good for digestion and can help with diarrhea.
    >>Do not feed mint, sage, or parsley to nursing does (female rabbits) because it will dry up their milk supply. However, it is recommended to feed does at weaning to prevent mastitis.
    >>Make sure any herbs/greens given to your rabbit are free of pesticides and herbicides, as these are highly toxic to rabbits.
     
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    "cat grass" you mean cat nip? Not certain I know what you mean. I would love to know more. Please.
     
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    Thank you for the information, I have some dried mint. I will give them only one piece a day except for my nursing Flemish.
     
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    Mint grows like crazy and spreads like crazy. Even outdoor growers are advised to plant it in a pot to keep it from taking everything over.

    I grow mint outside in a pot and occasionally feed it to my rabbits.

    Depending on your indoor growing conditions (natural light, etc) basil is a fantastic herb to grow. I grow it outdoors in my garden since we can't put anything in front of windows here or it will burn! The best thing about basil is that it grows faster than anything else I've grown. I have about 5 plants growing at once and I can harvest daily during growing season (2 cups worth). It grows that fast!!

    If you want a rabbit to have access to a pot of some herb, you will want to put a grate just above the soil so they can eat it but not eat it down to the soil which may kill it. I'll see if I can find a photo of this.

    Here's one idea:
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    and another...
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    No its grass seeds found in the cat isle. There are two different kinds and one is safe and one isnt. Hopefully someone knows which is which because I can't remember now :(
     
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    I am growing mint in a large planter in backyard it is very invasive plant and very hard to get rid of it if needed as it grows from root like crazy. My grandma had special place for mint in her garden which was completely isolated just concrete all around. We have soft winter here so I still have some mint outside just a few stronger but usually I cut them to the ground and they will grow back more evenly. I've tried to feed them some spinach too but they weren't impressed at all, this I have 2nd year plant larger leaves but maybe just not as tasty as 1st year.
    I usually growing beetroots for greens, rocket and spinach, nasturtium also great tasty leaves and flowers also I've googled that safe for rabbits, they liked lavender too but I gave them some dried from last summer.

    Thyme is growing very good and will have a lot, some rosemary but young plants, not a lot. Sage, yarrow, parsley, coriander, chamomile and got 3 roots of Echinacea last week going to plant too, also great for people and rabbits

    I usually have chives too not sure if they'd eat them.
     
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    Oh and dandelions! Going to harvest this summer to save for winter
     
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    Chives are in the onion family. Don't feed anything in the onion family to rabbits!
    I don't think a rabbit would eat chives anyway.
     
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    "cat grass" you mean cat nip? Not certain I know what you mean. I would love to know more. Please
    Thank you for all the information, I will definitely try your growing ideas. Can you tell me how you harvest dandelions and how you save them for the winter? Those are my Miss Pearls favorites. If I could do that she would be so happy.
     
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    Cat grass is just wheat grass and you can get seeds in bulk pretty cheaply on amazon. It’s pretty easy to sprout. I used to grow it for the cats and I also offered it to the buns.

    We have an herb box outside so I add oregano, time and mint to their rotation. I also learned to
    Identify the different weeds and there are a ton of edibles they get for variety. If you buy or grow fennel, offer the tops to your buns. Mine love that almost as much as dandelions!
     
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    We used to use wheat grass--clip it in patches and let it grow back several times.
     
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    I literally grow grass in a long planter inside. I use the same grass seed I have for my yard outside. Since there's fertilizer in that kind of stuff, I always give it 4-6 weeks to grow so the rabbits aren't digging in the dirt. (Now that I see Blue Eye's wire mesh things, I might try that.)

    I throw in a few seeds of cilantro, parsley, and dill to get some variation, but it's hit or miss if they grow. I tried planting dandelion seeds, but they haven't sprung up yet.

    Oddly enough, my rabbits love cilantro, but don't really eat the stuff that's grown in the planter. But they mow down the grass!
     
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    I never did! But I think the leaves could be easily dried as any other leaves, not sure about stems but will try and see. When I got a bunny a couple months ago I just went to petstore and studied what they have on their shelf for the rabbits, there was a dried dandelion supplement in a medium size bag with description that it is good for them, was quite expensive too. If they're selling dried dandelions it meant that I can get some leaves from my backyard and dry them too. I even thought I could remove them with roots and plant in a separate planter or maybe grow from seed, only I think I'd need to remove flowers when still yellow otherwise they will spread everywhere.
     
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    This is great idea to add some other seeds to grass planter, will definitely try it. I was also thinking if I could use lawn seeds but worried that they are sold with fertilizer already so not sure. Our lawn is far from perfect lately lots of weed and some of then are poisonous as far as I know, so planter would be my best solution I believe.
    It's already spring and you can feel it I'd need to do some gardening but was so busy with cleaning/setting up cages and other stuff with my rabbits, literally have no time for anything else, and one of my bunnies was sick a few days so wasn't even out to backyard a few days.
     
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    Oh my gosh these are perfect!!! This spring my balcony garden is going to sport an army of these!
     
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    Once caveat: Don't put the planter outside or on your deck to get some sun and rain.

    I did that a couple years ago for just a few days, then brought the planter back inside for the buns. When I went to feed them breakfast the next morning, I noticed something odd with the window. I looked closer and there were over a hundred baby gnats on the glass! Apparently some bugs laid their eggs in the nice, fertile soil or on the fresh, green vegetation and they all hatched in the house :(

    I now keep the planter inside 24/7 either on a table next to a window to grow, or on the ground next to a window for the buns to munch on.
     

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