Manure-- what to do with it?

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  1. nans31

    nans31 Well-Known Member

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    I have just 2 acres, and sit on a hill. Right now I rinse the trays and
    the mix goes down pipes and drains outside. It isn't contained at all,
    the poo traveling pretty far and is getting deep. What do you do with
    your rabbit manure? I need ideas!
     
  2. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

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    I put that stuff right smack-dab on the garden! When living in MI, used to give it
    away to neighbors who had a garden, and they'd always bring us tomatoes, beans
    and home made wine! That stuff is black gold!

    NeHi Mama
     

  3. Jennifer L.

    Jennifer L. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'd dry it and bag it in feed bags, say 25# and advertise it for $5 each. Every two bags you sold would get you a bag of feed at the store.

    Jennifer
     
  4. nans31

    nans31 Well-Known Member

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    That's an interesting idea Jennifer! Something to look into... thanks!



     
  5. rabbitgal

    rabbitgal Ex-homesteader

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    Compost it and spread it on the garden or fields. My rabbits are in portable sheds that we drag around the field, moving it about once a week. The droppings go directly on the field and there's no need to shovel manure.
     
  6. westbrook

    westbrook In Remembrance

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    If you get worms.. "Red Wigglers" and place in the manure pile. In no time they will eat it down. The worms will convert it from rabbit manure into worm castings. Worm castings are much sought after. There is a market for worms too,

    Rabbit manure can be placed directly in the garden without composting.
     
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Well-Known Member

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    You should put it in your yard and garden.... It doesn’t need to be composted (it doen't "burn" the plants), but the plants will get better use of the manure is composted...
     
  8. JAS

    JAS Well-Known Member

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    I was hoping to sell some dried pellets at the local farmers market. Does any one have ideas on packaging for, say a 5# bag of poo?

    I was thinking ziplock-type bags might not be that good, don't really want to see it. Would old coffee cans work???

    Thanks.
     
  9. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    if you have enough i would not bother with anything less than at least a 25lb to 50lb feed sack full of it, this is a better quantity for someone wanting to use it, and most everyone has empty feed sacks laying around to use to put it in,
    that way its cost effective for both partys
     
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    JAS Well-Known Member

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    I am aiming at city folk, with roses, house plants... thus the small size. I don't buy feed in bags either, except dog food, and I really don't want to deal with a 50# bag of poo.
     
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    rickd203 Well-Known Member

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    :cowboy:

    You might want to put the rabbit poo in sandbags to sell. It's an added value to your product if you put it in a bag that customers can reuse.

    Rick
     
  12. nans31

    nans31 Well-Known Member

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    I have over 300 rabbits in the barn now... a tad too much to continue spreading it on lawn/garden etc. I like the idea of drying it, but can't find information on ways to dry it, how long, etc. I found a company near me that makes bags, I think they were .29 each in bundles of 1000. They can be reused which is a great idea.
     
  13. Ann Mary

    Ann Mary Well-Known Member Supporter

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    But when it is dried out properly it doesn't weigh anything....won't be heavy at all. I dry mine out on old screens and them pour it into old feed bags. Easy then to tote to my lawn and scatter for fertilizer.