I have been poking fun at rabbit manure for sale on the web for a couple of days. It is funny how silly some serious listings and terminology can sound when the product being sold is poop. Today I switch over to the real value of bunny poo.
If you have a rabbit and a garden, rabbits really do create the perfect compost. If they are fed properly, the only things going in are veggies or hay products. Then what comes out of a healthy rabbit are nice dry round bunny poo marbles that have extremely low odor.
Someone connected with a rabbit rescue told me they have provided gardeners with rabbit manure and used the rest for gardens around the rescue building. I think that is terrific idea for rescues. Added value to the community with a usable product and use it to make the grounds of the building more attractive. It also provides another positive talking point on an unexpected side benefit of having a house rabbit. Waste not! What other composter will look so cute? Rabbits are just so totally vegan, green and eco conscious little beings.
Here in Georgia, the soil is red clay based, so the soil needs improvement for gardening. We moved in with the rabbits nine years ago and have regularly used their offerings in the parts of the yard we picked out for our gardens. I won’t say we have had raging success, because our part of Georgia has been in and out of drought mode with a switch over to flood stage a couple of times. To say our plants have been stressed for much of the time we have been here is an understatement. We brought in several rain barrels to collect water from our gutters when it does rain and are putting in more plants that tolerate heat and low water conditions, xeriscaping.
The other thing we have noticed in our gardens is lots of wild cottontail rabbits who will come to visit. It seems to us that the bunny poo fertilization has hung out a wild bunny welcome mat. They will sit right below the windows of the house eating quite comfortably. One time a mother brought her babies with her and they were snuggled up underneath her as she ate. The babies took off running when we accidentally moved. I found one of the babies napping in the sunshine curled up in a patch of grass by the backdoor the next day. We can watch the bunnies through our windows and sometimes sit on the back patio and enjoy the yard with them as they feed.
So use the poo, its good stuff! On to the plan for the remainder of this week and next. Tomorrow, I am going to talk about rabbits and territorial poo, bunnyproofing info. Thursday, I plan to share some of the unusual things for sale on the web related to rabbit poo. Friday, I will have a follow suggestion or two. I figured on getting all the messy stuff out-of-the-way this week, since the first week of August is designated as a Simplify Your Life week. During that week, I plan to share lots of the tips and tricks and supplies we find most handy for keeping things clean and simple with rabbits in the house.