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StarBunny

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Hi there,
Has anyone grown their own fresh grass for their rabbit? I am trying to increase water for my bunny and thought that might be a good way to do it. Also does or has anyone tried to dry out the excess and add to their store bought hay?
 

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I've done both. Fed the fresh grass from my garden and dried the grass and put it in his hay. At one point, last year, Apollo lived off fresh grass for a few weeks :)
 

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Apollo- that’s awesome! What kind did you grow? I wasn’t sure if what my lawn is growing is ok. My garden area is fenced off but my neighbor puts something in his lawn twice a year so I was thinking of growing it in some deck boxes on the other side of the house.
 

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My garden (backyard) naturally grows meadow grass, and we've also got orchard grass in one part too. If your neighbour adds something to the grass it's definitely a good idea to section your "rabbit grass" away from it.

I know you want them to drink more water and the best way to do that is for them to eat more hay. If you're feeding veggies, if you feed them when they've been soaked, they'll be getting water from that too.
 

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Do you know anyone with hay fields? My FIL grows Timothy hay and I go cut my own but he says he has had a handful of people ask if they can go and cut some for their small pets.
 

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They're not hard to get. You can even order on amazon. Cheapest might be through a seed supply, or possibly farm stores could have them.

timothy grass seed
I could get some from a farm supply store, but it would be enough for 50 or more aches.
Amazon is too expensive for a bag. Which is also to big of a bag.
So I guess if I wanted to I could buy some.
I only need about 2 cups.
Once planted it never needs to be replanted.
The grass is cut, but the plant stays to grow again.
 

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I could get some from a farm supply store, but it would be enough for 50 or more aches.
Amazon is too expensive for a bag. Which is also to big of a bag.
So I guess if I wanted to I could buy some.
I only need about 2 cups.
Once planted it never needs to be replanted.
The grass is cut, but the plant stays to grow again.
It does need to be replanted if you're growing indoors. Fodder develops mold growth, so has to be newly replanted to eliminate this risk.

There are smaller and less expensive bags of the seed if you're only planting a small patch outdoors. This is less than a handful,
Timothy grass seed 1/4 oz.

Timothy doesn't have to be used. Wheat grass, oat grass, etc will work just fine if grown and harvested correctly.
 

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I grow wheatgrass indoors and have been doing so for about 1,5 years. I start a new grass several times a week and toss the contents of the tray after every harvest. Always have to be careful not to get white mould on the dirt. Use a tray with holes and an undertray, don't overwater.

My process: I start by soaking the seeds, then keep them in a sief and rinse, and only after they start sprouting a tiny bud and making roots, I plant them on top of moist dirt. No need to cover them with dirt. I don't water the grass on the windowsill anymore, just harvest when it's done.

The grass shrinks a ton after drying so I wouldn't bother drying it and my bunny doesn't really care for it if it has wilted on a plate. Fresh is best. Cut grass keeps several days or up to a week in the fridge: just wrap it in househould paper and put in a plastic freeze bag. The paper can be exchanged if it starts to get a little moist.
 

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It does need to be replanted if you're growing indoors. Fodder develops mold growth, so has to be newly replanted to eliminate this risk.

There are smaller and less expensive bags of the seed if you're only planting a small patch outdoors. This is less than a handful,
Timothy grass seed 1/4 oz.

Timothy doesn't have to be used. Wheat grass, oat grass, etc will work just fine if grown and harvested correctly.
I would be growing outside just like farmers do.
My nephew grows aches of it. Cuts it three times and never needs reseeding.
 

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It does need to be replanted if you're growing indoors. Fodder develops mold growth, so has to be newly replanted to eliminate this risk.

There are smaller and less expensive bags of the seed if you're only planting a small patch outdoors. This is less than a handful,
Timothy grass seed 1/4 oz.

Timothy doesn't have to be used. Wheat grass, oat grass, etc will work just fine if grown and harvested correctly.
Thanks
 

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Not to steal this topic from the OP, but how do you tell which type of grass is growing in your yard?
 

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Not to steal this topic from the OP, but how do you tell which type of grass is growing in your yard?
Usually by what the seed head looks like. Also somewhat by what the leaves and mature stem look like, but some of those can look similar, so you have to see how the seed head differs in those ones.
 

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