Everbuddies right.I am the rabbit keeping merit badge counselor for the district. Just some nit picking (cause it’s my hobby) and ruminations on the subject. It is difficult to process cellulose, as pluto says,ruminants spend their days cramming there rumin (first stomach) full of grass where it is partially digested and stored, later they bring some back up for a rechew and back it goes. Rabbits don’t have a rumin,it is not that there is a nutrient in the excrement that wasn’t in the food, it is that it didn’t get extracted the first time through.I don’t think Pluto meant to say the rabbit’s body MANUFACTURES a nutrient, animals can’t do that.Some pellets have added vitamins, trace elements etc. it is mostly chopped vegetable matter, alfalfa for example.The chopping helps some but the rabbit is equiped to handle the situation. Papa, there are two stages of rabbit poop, the incomplete is a slimy green paste.A lot of people worry abbout that dropping thru the cage,but the bunny takes it from the source so to speak. A board in a corner is nice, he will go there for his second helping (BTW Rabbits can be house broken to use a litter box) the harder poop is…mostly the compacted chopped cellulose cell walls of alfalfa,rabbit food is mostly compacted chopped alfalfa, the size? easy in easy out. You don’t have to worry about those falling thru,peter doesn’t need to eat them if he is otherwise healthy and well fed. If you don’t have any chemicals or noxious weeds ,let him out to hop around the yard and mow and fertilize your lawn.
DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT let him eat iceburg lettuce,or he will be fertilizing your yard with his body. The droppings are good house plant fertilizer, relativly clean to handle and odorless. But this is way better. Under the 1/4 inch grid of the cage floor hang a 6 to 12 inch deep box the size of the cage floor with a 1/8" screen bottom. Put a layer of leaves or even torn news paper in the bottom , a few inches of soil, and a few earthworms. Worms turn the droppings to very rich compost, as fast as peter can put it out, no clean up for you, and propogate like mad(being hermaphrodites they really get it on “Oh,my god! I think I’ve raped myself!”)
Now go fishing. What i should a been doing rather than waste everyone’s time like this.
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