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Rabbit poo

Post: #223010 chuck_n_grace
Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:11 pm

Hi,
A friend of ours has a few pet rabbits. She cleans the cages a few days each week. Anyhow, we can have the droppings. My question: do you recommend adding the dropping straight into the soil or she we compost them first? I'm thinking composting in order for the heat to kill the microbes that might be harmful...if that's an issue at all.

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223028 Big Al
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:45 pm

I have rabbits that can shit for england so I keep the poo in a barrel with the straw bedding and let it rot down. It must be doing some rotting as the full barrel is now only 3/4 of a barrel so something is getting reduced.

This is the first year of keeping rabbits so I'm on a learning curve as well but my neighbour has kept rabbits for ages and he used the method above although he never used much bedding straw and then aftwer about 6 months he would bag it us and leave it to stew . After a further 6 months he mixed it 1/3 rabbit poo 1/3 soil and 1/3 general cheapest compost to make his tomato compost and he never really fed the tomatoes much other than a general nettle and comfry feed onece a month.


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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223042 oldjerry
Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:11 am

Or, why not fill up a pair of tights with it,gather up the topand tie with a bit of string(or use up old baler twine) then suspend in a tank of waterfor a week or so,then dilute and use as liquid feed.

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Post: #223071 The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:07 pm

Rabbit (and guinea pig) poo can be used direct. Both species "double digest" which calms the dung down, gives it the right carbon / nitrogen balance, and stops it burning plants. It can be added to the compost bin, but it's not actually necessary. It is a very fine compost activator though, so if you've got a heap that isn't moving, I'd recommend it.

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223089 oldjerry
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:58 am

Thats interesting,(how sad am I ?)...I've always used poultry manure to speed up composting,but that's really hot,and what you DONT want directly applied unless composted,so working on that theory the rabbit s--t shouldn't be as good for that...and we're right at the edge of my Primary School level Chemistry here so please be gentle.....
Anyhow,how many bloody guinea pigs do you need to maintain the fertility in the average veg garden?...!

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223090 contadina
Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:48 am

Although bunny gold is meant be safe to add straight onto plants - it was too strong for my french beans last year and I lost the lot :( I bought a few sacks off a place which breeds rabbits and I reckon they must have poured the pee in with the the poo, making it too nitrogen-rich (rabbits are pretty good when left to their own devices and generally pee in a separate place).

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223146 chuck_n_grace
Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:43 pm

Hi,
I didn't think of the rabbit poo as an activator. That's a very good use.

Suspending it in a container of water (packed in tights) is interesting. I need to make some compost tea and that might be a way to do that.

Direct application I see can be a problem. I've read the same about urine...too nitrogen rich...needs to be diluted 1 part urine, 10 parts water. Don't ask me about the urine source...it's still experimental. :iconbiggrin:

I absolutely did not know about "double digesting". I need to read more.

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223181 The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:37 pm

oldjerry wrote:Thats interesting,(how sad am I ?)...I've always used poultry manure to speed up composting,but that's really hot,and what you DONT want directly applied unless composted,so working on that theory the rabbit s--t shouldn't be as good for that...and we're right at the edge of my Primary School level Chemistry here so please be gentle.....
Anyhow,how many bloody guinea pigs do you need to maintain the fertility in the average veg garden?...!


OJ - Don't know why rabbit poo works so well on the compost: perhaps it's something to with the digestive enzymes or sommit :dontknow:

I put wood shavings in the hen house and that - being carbon rich - balances out the hot chicken poop just a treat.

As for bloody guinea pigs... the current score is six. We re-home three last weeks. I have informed the girls that any further "piggy weddings" (they were dressing the bloody things up specially - mad the lot of them) :angryfire: will be met with unspecified but punitive sanctions. :rabbit:

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #223195 oldjerry
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:48 pm

Threaten them with a holiday in Peru!

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #237168 wabbit955
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:13 pm

compost activator i did not know this but sence i been added it to my compose its deffiently speeds things up
now i know why

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Re: Rabbit poo

Post: #237268 Glen Gilchrist
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:11 am

Jumping in late.

Dry the poo pellets. They burn very well, little smoke and no smell.

Sheep poo and cow pats are very effective as well. Goat poo is not as good as goats are more omnivorous and the poo tends to smell when burned...

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