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Old 05-13-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I ask this because every spring after the snow melts there is a lot of it in my bushes and flowers planted around my house. It eventually breaks down so I don't bother trying to remove it.

It does creep me out about the amount and also my spring pulling up weeds and grass from around the the plants. Should I add anything, like a acid fertilizer or alkaline to counteract the amount of rabbit poo? I've never tested soil, probably wouldn't bother either way, just wondering.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:10 AM
 
Location: California
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When we clean the cages, we put the dry stuff in a bucket of warm water for several days to make fertilizer tea. Although it isn't a complete fertilizer, it does contribute to the garden. It also tends to be on the acid side but I wouldn't worry about it unless your plants need a strong alkaline soil.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Rabbit manure is among the BEST fertilizers in existence.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Changed the thread title. Dodo is an extinct bird. Doo doo is the generally accepted spelling.

"Rabbit manure is among the BEST fertilizers in existence."

Rabbit presence is among the WORST gardener pests in existence these days. Wild rabbits are major tick hosts, as well as liking tender veggies. Pet rabbits are fine.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Rabbit manure is among the BEST fertilizers in existence.

Agreed. Rabbit manure has more nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium than other animal manures used in agriculture. It's my understanding it has the highest nitrogen content of all animal manures.


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Old 05-14-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Thanks Harry for correcting my error, oops! I should have used a totally different word to begin with.

In the winter I live trap most of them and bring them to a forested area. They start to run out of things to eat in this area. I've lost a flowering crab tree one year and almost a yew. I put chicken wire around the susceptible trees and bushes. Some bushes I don't know how to protect.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I've noticed that without too much human intervention wild rabbit populations naturally cycle (sudden mental image of hundreds of bunnies pedaling tiny bikes down bike paths) The population grows to a point that the fox and coyote population surges and keeps them in check. Around open areas, hawks and eagles are prime predators.

To protect plants try fox urine or Irish Spring soap bars or spraying the plant with a garlic water spray. None are permanent like fences, but the soap lasts a while before the odor loses effectiveness.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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When food is scarce or the warren too big, female rabbits will absorb their embryos. Another way to keep the population under control.
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Old Yesterday, 10:57 AM
 
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Changed the thread title. Dodo is an extinct bird. Doo doo is the generally accepted spelling.

"Rabbit manure is among the BEST fertilizers in existence."

Rabbit presence is among the WORST gardener pests in existence these days. Wild rabbits are major tick hosts, as well as liking tender veggies. Pet rabbits are fine.
We have noticed a few rabbits around our place lately. When you say tick hosts, does that mean they would stay on the rabbit? We just pulled out a tick each this morning and the same two days ago. Not that the rabbits brought them in particular, just curious if they stay on the rabbit. I know we can get them walking to the mail box or to our vehicles as well.
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Old Yesterday, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Ticks drop off the host animals at various times in the life cycle. If you are getting them simply by walking to your vehicle, you have a serious problem. Keep grass extremely short, use insecticide, if at all possible eliminate the rabbits or mice that are the carriers.
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