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Old 05/24/08, 09:14 AM
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Can rabbits eat corn shucks?? just the leaves??? or silk??? or peices of cob??? Thanks in advance!!

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Can rabbits eat corn shucks?? just the leaves??? or silk??? or peices of cob??? Thanks in advance!!
If you grow your own without chemicals, you can feed rabbits the other parts of the corn plant, but under no circumstances would I feed those from corn from an unknown source. I'm not sure how much nutrition there is in those husks and leaves anyway... My rabbits do so well on the free gathered plants, mostly weeds (along with grass hay and a small amount of grain) that I've never felt inclined to grow corn here. The raccoons eat it anyway, just before it is ready.
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Old 05/25/08, 03:48 AM
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I have always tossed my rabbits the leftover corn parts and they LOVE thistles. I wait until they are 4 feet tall with the pretty purple flower on top, then rip up the entire plant and chuck it into the pen. some I leave to seed
(obstain from looks of horror please), so I will have it next year, and besides, thistles attract golden finches.

the stinging nettle you should cherish for yourself!
stinging nettle tea is a God send for those with arthrits, especially the rheumatoid kind. It is supposed to reverse the effects of this. I am trying it now. just found a huge patch at my soon to be new home, and I have forbidden anyone from killing it. dont taste bad either!

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I love stinging nettle in soup!

I found this article from FAO. Much as I hate the UN, they do occasionally have something useful:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5082e/X5082E06.htm

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Old 06/10/08, 10:41 PM
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Does anyone have a drawing or picture of a good hay feeder? I tried stuffing some into the pellet feeders -- THAT didn't work, LOL! (Well, it did, sort of, but I had to keep stuffing the hay down, as there wasn't enough space for it to drop.) I can put the grass hay and weeds into the pens, but our alfalfa loses all it's leaves very easily and that's the best part (just ask the goats!). I'd like to make some kind of feeder, preferable one that would serve two pens at a time but it wouldn't have to.

Thanks for all the good information -- the few rabbits I have don't cost much to feed, but the way things are going, I need to cut costs everywhere possible. I just want to be able to keep my animals healthy while doing it.

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Does anyone have a drawing or picture of a good hay feeder? I tried stuffing some into the pellet feeders -- THAT didn't work, LOL! (Well, it did, sort of, but I had to keep stuffing the hay down, as there wasn't enough space for it to drop.) I can put the grass hay and weeds into the pens, but our alfalfa loses all it's leaves very easily and that's the best part (just ask the goats!). I'd like to make some kind of feeder, preferable one that would serve two pens at a time but it wouldn't have to.

Thanks for all the good information -- the few rabbits I have don't cost much to feed, but the way things are going, I need to cut costs everywhere possible. I just want to be able to keep my animals healthy while doing it.

Kathleen
We placed our cages about 3-4 inches away from the other and wired a
3 ft wire gutter guard between the cages ( a dollar and easy to bend,I bent up the ends so we had no sharp edges ). This gave a floor for a section of hay between the cages and they eat it fine through their cage wire. I wired it about 6 inches above where the cage floor was to be sure no poo/pee got on the hay.
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Great idea, Nancy!

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That is a good idea, Nancy! I'll keep that in mind for the next sets of cages I build. Unfortunately, my present cages are attached (apartment style, I call it). But maybe I can use that idea to add something to the fronts of the cages....Hmm.

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I've decided the only way to raise bunnies for food at least as cheap as you can buy meat in the store is to raise their feed also,.
But I was thinking of growing, wheat, corn, and millet and making my own pellets. But can't find a "Pellet maker"

Any helpful hints on this? I realize I can feed hay, grass, ect but that is more labor intensive. As someone pointed out below hay doesn't lend it'self
to small mechanical feeders.

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I've decided the only way to raise bunnies for food at least as cheap as you can buy meat in the store is to raise their feed also,.
But I was thinking of growing, wheat, corn, and millet and making my own pellets. But can't find a "Pellet maker"

Any helpful hints on this? I realize I can feed hay, grass, ect but that is more labor intensive. As someone pointed out below hay doesn't lend it'self
to small mechanical feeders.
BlueFlames, you can certainly grow grain to feed the rabbits, but there is no need to make it into pellets. Rabbits will eat whole grains once they are accustomed to them. However, there are other ingredients in pellets... grain is not enough on its own. So you will still need to provide hay and greens to round out their diet and provide necessary fibre.
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BlueFlames, you can certainly grow grain to feed the rabbits, but there is no need to make it into pellets. Rabbits will eat whole grains once they are accustomed to them. However, there are other ingredients in pellets... grain is not enough on its own. So you will still need to provide hay and greens to round out their diet and provide necessary fibre.
Well I was thinking of adding alfalfa to the mix.
I tryed growing a 400' row 1ft wide along a fence row,
but it is so dry that in 3 months it's only a half inch tall.......
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I need a hay/grass manger the geese can't reach. They get under the cages at night and pull out all the fresh stuff I just put in.LOL My cages are apartment style too.

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I need a hay/grass manger the geese can't reach. They get under the cages at night and pull out all the fresh stuff I just put in.LOL My cages are apartment style too.
Those geese! Naughty toddlers, every one of them! (Mine too!)

A couple of things you could try... Put the hay on top of the cages and let the rabbits pull it through the wire as they want it. Or bend wire into a V and fasten it inside the cage roof with the open part toward the door for filling.

You could also make a silo from wire to fit into a metal cake pan. This would give a solid bottom to the manger and the geese would have to think up some new mischief. Just hope they don't start to nibble on bunny toes instead of the hay!
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This article (pdf) is right on target. Haven't read it yet, but wanted to make it available to everyone interested.

Nutrition of Domestic Rabbits: The Efficiency of Rabbit-Meat Production from Weeds, Fed Alone and with Cooked Potatoes

by J.D.C. Hutchinson, School of Agriculture, Cambridge, 1947.

http://journals.cambridge.org/downlo...b4aa14d4bda045

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It says file not available.....I wanna read it!

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Me too!

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I don't know why the link isn't working. I can't access the article from my bookmarks either.

However, you can get to it the way I did. Do a Google search. I found it again using the terms rabbit nutrition weeds potatoes. For some reason, once I close it I have to start all over again. I hate pdf files.

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Thank you soo much for all the hard work you did on this thread! Exactly the information I needed. It is pretty crazy that not feeding pellets gets so much controversy, when pellets are a relatively new idea. And when you look at the ingredients of the pellets, certainly nothing good about most of them. Vicki

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I'm glad you are finding it helpful, Vicki. It's been quite a journey, these past three years since we got our first mutt rabbits. Welcome to the rabbit forum. Hope you stay with us because I'll be interested in hearing more from you.

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Someone talked about drying out some greens for winter.
Excuse my ignorance, was curious of the methods you use to do this?
And storage? Ive got ton's of good stuff that my rabbits enjoy
around my house, and would like to have some for the winter.

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