A surprising thing happens when you raise animals. They produce manure. I KNOW! It’s so shocking. And rabbits well.. they produce WAY more then you’d think they should. Want to know the scoop on poop? Read on eh?
And unsurprisingly maybe, monitoring their output is actually kinda important! It tells you a lot about a bunnies health. The scoop is all on poop when it comes to bunnies. IN FACT I have a bunny right now that I’m fussing with.
Miss Treble is a three year old bunny that is new to my herd. Her previous owner had to downsize so I took her and two herdmates under my wing.
A buck Max gave me two hard days but then came around. A doe Aida didn’t even blink for the first few days though tonight she’s snubbed her pellets (she’s a two year old). But Treble.. she’s a special case. Doesn’t want to drink from a bottle and a bowl is scarce tolerated. Doesn’t like my pellets and thinks mixed grain is questionable. BUT she will lick water off her coat if I give her a soaking AND she thinks leaf lettuce and dandelion flowers are to die for… so I have a fighting chance! One of these days this feisty doe will come around. In the meantime… I poop watch!
The poops she is having right now are Stasis Faeces… hard small dry poops. At least she is still pooping! When they stop, it’s not a good thing.
Hormonal Links & Poop
On facebook this morning I talked about FlamesLight, she’s getting a tad bit too big for her britches (picking on her littermates) so it was time for her to get a cage to her own.
I think she’s a bit hormonal, she’s having abnormal caecotrophs right now. Does often have that when they are hormonal (having babies, due to breed, maturing etc). They are messy and rather ick, Ick with a bossy teenager means a cage all their own otherwise I end up with three young does covered in ick. BLECH!
Anyways, what do you do with all this lovely manure?
Rabbit Manure Compost
I have the best garden dirt EVER. It grows well, holds water decently, and is a lovely dark healthy soil due to all the rabbit waste in it. Each spring I empty my compost/manure bins into my gardens and cover it up with dirt from last year. Over the summer the worms break it down nicely into a rich compost. It feeds the roots of my plants and helps them grow. If you want to know the specifics of rabbit manure this post or this one would be helpful. It’s good you know, to have the scoop on poop!
Others in this Series
- American Fuzzy Lop.
- Baby Bunnies.
- Culling well.
- Discussing Death.
- Errors in Judgement.
- Feeding Rabbits.
- The G’s of rabbits.
- Holland Lops.
- Interesting facts about rabbits.
- The Joy of Bunnies.
- Choosing Rabbits to Keep.
- Leaping Lagomorphs.
Letter M Link Up
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