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I have been experimenting with bunny tea for almost a year.
On indoor potted plants, transplanted cuttings and cooking herbs
the tea works wonders.

I take about 3 cups of pellets put through a home made paper funnel
into a 1 gal milk jug and add water. I shake it up outside just in case then take back
to the spare bedroom closet to sit.

After 4 or 5 days I strain and pour liquid from gallon jug into
another jug so it is only liquid and can be used in hand sprayer.
I refill the first jug again and let that brew a few days or
as long as I like.
It will turn a light green/brown tea when ready.
Talk about a supplement to sphagnum and perlite.
It does wonders, and it shows in the plants in just a day or two.

Hope it helps someone with access to bunnies,

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 Good idea.  I usually just shovel a bunch on my outdoor plants but hadn't thought of making a tea out of it.
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I have been using this tea as soon as my top cups come off.
Yesterday my maltese falcon has had his cap off for 3 days after roots appeared.
Finally its soil was dry enough to need a drink and I gave it a shot of tea.
Today, no lie it has a 1/8th inch leaf bud.
That was not there yesterday.
It seems the best liquid help for cuttings I have ever used.

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I'm going to try some rabbit poop this year, I found a place about an hour from me that raises rabbits. I know my grandfather used to use chicken poop from his chicken and would mix that with water and make a tea that way seemed to work good for him.

But the last two years I've been using worm casting tea brewed with seaweed extract and molasses and "brewed"with an aquarium air stone in my garden and I can say it made a huge difference. On the cuttings I rooted this year I'm using seaweed extract to foliar spray and the trees love it.
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This year I started adding rabbit raisins to my potting soil. Haven't made tea yet
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I think you would be impressed with the results.
My cups have a slow release round ball or two here and there.

I ground pellets up last fall and added it to my cupping mix.
I figured they could use something to feed on.

I have had zero mold problems, and I have no fungus gnats
after I used a light mix pyola spray.

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My wife bought my kids two rabbits last year, good to know they will be usefull for something😃little organic fertilizer machines.
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Man you know it.....

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Hey Doug: I have been raising Rabbits off and on for about 35 years and it's the best Manure bar none! It will not burn plants and has a real low smell. What I do is mix the Rabbit pills in with my potting soil, right now my cuttings,the leaves are real dark green! You should have seen my Tomatoes last year,I only had 4 "Better Boy Tomato" plants and I got at least 150 Tomatoes from these plants only used 2 shovelfull of manure per plant! I will have to make the tea you suggested! I only have 11 New Zealand White Rabbits so they are a manure factory!
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So it's potty talk now.... I'm in

My father used rabbit manure and rabbit tea on his figs back in the day. He swore by it as the best manure for any edible crop. I hear Adriano (http://www.adrianosfigtrees.com) is a real fan of the stuff too.... I don't have a source so my loss. I do have a source for composted, dried chicken manure east of me so I'm going to try and get some of that in the spring...I don't know why the rabbit poop is so good...

Here's a good article on poop.... (Yup. I said it)

http://www.plantea.com/manure.htm


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Hey Frank, I raised rabbits as a kid in 4-h club.
Not until I've raised rabbits for meat that I discovered
how well the waste worked on plants too!

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What we used to do is install a sheet metal pan that ran full length and width under the rabbit cage wire.

The pan is pitched slightly downward to one end just enough for the urine to run off the pan to one corner through a hole and into a plastic milk jug.

Because of the slight pitch, the fecal pellets remain on the pan.

That way you separate the very strong concentrated urine from the desired pellets and there is no risk of burning the plants.

We would just flush the urine down the toilet.

It also keeps the rabbit hutch area very clean and odor free.

Hope this give folks some other ideas about how to harvest just the fecal pellets.
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Doug,
Great!!!
I have been using bunny poo now for years and I use it in a number of different ways. They all work as rabbit crap is fantastic stuff.
I just moved and lost my bunny poo source. Good thing I stocked up.
I'd raise some rabbits for meat as they are very tasty and super low fat (not sure they'd fit in freezer as I have 5 deer stuffed into every frozen nook and cranny I could find) but that screaming they do when you slaughter them is really eery and hard to deal with. Tangent tangent tangent . . . 

Anyway I highly recommend bunny poop. It is rare in that because the bunnies poop a green pellet that they eat and then a black pellet they leave it is very mild and won't burn even very small delicate plants.

I hope to build a worm farm this spring so I can compare worm to bunny.

But to anyone considering using bunny manure --- DO IT!!



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I put the rabbit to be slaughtered in a raccoon trap then put it in plush grass to calm down.
A .22 air pistol shot to the head ends everything instantly.
The most humane way I know.
Its not the fun part of raising meat rabbits, but every 4 months I will
butcher 10-20 bunnies and put them in the freezer. Solid white meat except the front legs.
I could never get quite used to deer meat, but other than this last
year I usually always have a doe in the freezer. Meat is meat, and I like meat.

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Llama llama llama poop. I cannot recommend this stuff more! That being said animals that poop in pellets seem to provide the most immediately plant friendly manure that I know of. I have not known of a mix that has ever burned plants only using manure from goats, sheep, rabbits, or llamas.
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I couldn't eat a llama.......hahahahah


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Tastes like chicken.... okay probably not 😹
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As mgginva said, rabbits recycle their poops (look up cecotropes). The final product has been digested twice through their very long digestive tract which makes it extremely plant-friendly. I can't say enough good about it.
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Venison is free range organic humanely killed meat. And it is fantastic for my dog. And if I have professionally butchered it is only 2 to 3 bucks a pound.
I used to raise meat goats and had a guard llama and I loved that guy!!! I couldn't eat him, but the goats were yummy.
I have tried the .22 as well but I was trying to move to a professional rig that breaks their necks -- but boy do they scream. I can't take it as anything in pain really gets to me.

Dig -- I have burned stuff with goat poop. I used a bunch in my hazel nut orchard. I fed 450 out of 1100 trees and the 450 definitely got set back. Never collected the llama poop as it was mixed in with the fainting goat's poop. Although I almost always have birds I'm not a huge fan of their crap. Plus there are a few nasties you can get from bird poop that will make you very very sorry.

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I said a manure mix, not pure btw, only worm poo should be used green normally.. But I bet slightly aged llama poo would be an awesome seed starter.

Edit, llamas poop in piles, so convenient!

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Dig,
I use straight bunny poo all the time and have never had any problems.
Using a mix would certainly help.
I like the llama poo seed starter idea. You can get llamas dirt cheap around here if an over 5 year old castrated male works for you. I bought a 7 year old (was told he was 5 -- my vet knew the animal) retired show llama for $100 and he was beautiful -- really beautiful and gentle -- well except to coyotes which he could turn into a bloody bath mat in about 30 seconds. An awesome sight I only saw once but can remember in amazing detail.

Never seen a worm do anything very exciting. I do want to get some experience with worm tea and castings, though.

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Ever seen a worm get smashed by a large mouth bass? Pretty cool if your into that which I think you might be. Green manure is normally a no no but great to hear that bunny poo is a great option. 🐰
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dig,
I just moved to a 65 acre farm with a stocked pond that no one fishes so I can't wait till it warms up. I have seen a few good size bass surface. Just hope the Blue Herons don't get too greedy.
I just had my first taste of canadian goose breast jerky. I bought a pound from my butcher and ate the hole bag (well my dog helped). I went back and got the last 1 ½ pounds and am rationing it. It is really good.

I have to fix the hole in the canoe but the fish should be very tasty. I love panfish breaded and fried in hot sesame oil.

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I can hardly wait for tomorrow when my 1 gallon bag of rabbit poop is due to be delivered from a Long Island seller... I better get to the mailbox before the wife does..... otherwise... I am going to have some splaining to do....
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A world where we pay for and wait anxiously for a delivery of poop!   :-)

Yeah. Me too!


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Well now I know that the wild rabbits around my house are good for something! Tomorrow I will put on some plastic gloves and go searching for rabbit poo to make tea for my little fig plants!
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There was a bunny farm not far from near me, and no I don't mean "bunny ranch" (don't google this, especially if you're at work!), that was selling 50 lb bags of the stuff for under $20 last fall. This post had me looking for it again, but now I can't seem to find the contact info. Darn.....

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You could contact the local 4-H. Rabbit clubs are all over the country and I'm sure you'll find some with members willing to sell or donate to you.
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You could also just pick up some alfa pellets from your local feed store.  Apply directly or make alfalfa tea.

http://www.rose.org/rose-care-articles/the-value-of-alfalfa/

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I posted a want-to-buy add in Craigslist after my earlier post. I already have several replies form people with bunny pellets. This appears to be worth a shot for anyone wanting rabbit manure.
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Well, my bunny poop was delivered and I got to the mailbox before my bride so all is good.... Now with poop in hands, I am going to brew some bunny poop tea and see how that goes; if it works well for the figs, I have a hutch in my future.... Food and fig food both....
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You guys are so funny. ;-)
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Tony,
Can you tell me the reason you are making tea rather then just applying?

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Hi Michael.... The reason is simply one of expedience.... It is still cold up here and I have snow on the ground although the next few days of warmer temps should remove that. My potted plants on in the basement and no longer dormant and my cuttings are rooting in basement as well. I want to take the bunny poop for a test drive but I don't want to spread pellets as a topping on the pots while inside the house; I thought that by brewing a tea as some members have suggested, I could water my larger potted plants with it, get a sample of what effects it may have and then use that as a jumping off point for when I can take the figs outside...
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Tony,
thx 4 info.

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It takes only a couple watering's to see noticeable difference in mine
changing from MG to tea.

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Thanks, Doug... I am going to go ahead and brew up some tea according to your recipe at the beginning of this post... No sugar added of course....   :-)
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make sure to let it sit 3-4 days minimum.
I re-fill my jug that has pellets with water
multiple times before I replace the pellets.

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Thanks, Doug... I am going to go ahead and brew up some tea according to your recipe at the beginning of this post... No sugar added of course....   :-)


A little bit of sugar in the tea is good.  It feeds the microbes in the soil.  


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Got it... Thanks, Doug...
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Rick.... Seriously? Sugar in the rabbit poop tea? Isn't sucrose too complex a sugar for simple soil microbes to break down easily into its constituent trace elements?
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Rick.... Seriously? Sugar in the rabbit poop tea? Isn't sucrose too complex a sugar for simple soil microbes to break down easily into its constituent trace elements?

I am no chemist but I believe that there are enzymes (disaccharidases) in the rabbit poop that that break down the double sugars into simple sugars for the microbes to consume.  



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I don't know the scientific reason but black strap molasses is suggested.
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