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Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

Posted by ingrid_vc Z10 SoCal (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 5, 14 at 21:34

The area behind the far end of the house contains only trees and is surrounded by a hedge of tall junipers. The wild rabbits often gather there because they seem to feel safe and I also put out fresh water there for them and the birds. The area now has quite an accumulation of droppings. How would they work as fertilizer for the roses?

Ingrid


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RE: Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

should be fine, especially the older ones.


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RE: Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

Don't see why not.
Much of the natural world is fertilized in just such a manner.


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  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 5, 14 at 23:53

The rabbits have been pooping on my rose beds for years, while they eat the roses of course, hasn't seemed to hurt them.


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  • Posted by Evenie 9b - New Orleans (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 6, 14 at 11:55

Of all the varieties of excrement available, I find rabbit poop to be the least offensive. Honestly, I wish I had some!


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RE: Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

That sounds like an unqualified yes, thank you! It is inoffensive, absolutely no odor I can detect. I'm only left wondering how beneficial it is, but I suppose anything organic has to be good, to whatever degree.

Ingrid


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Wabbit droppings to induce regrowth of the canes the wabbits ate?

If you want wabbits, I can ship you some. Our wabbits think alba roses are wabbit candy. Grrrrr.


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Wabbit poo was my Nana's favorite fertilizer, and she had four green thumbs. I think it was because she didn't have to worry about it burning anything.


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No one has been envious of my pitiful garden- until now! I've been feeding the field rabbits my extra aged to perfection vegetables , and in turn they congregate at my yard after munching the ALFALFA field...


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nastarana, I can imagine your frustration. Our rabbits get culled every year by coyotes, bobcats and the occasional mountain lion, and the few that are left by now for some reason don't bother the roses. They seem to enjoy eating the fallen leaves from the trees in that area and don't venture in the garden very often.

floridarose and damask, it sounds as though it's good stuff. I'll have to see whether my roses perk up after a few applications.

Ingrid


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RE: Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

  • Posted by subk3 7a/Mid TN (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 6, 14 at 23:43

Rabbit droppings ≠ Fertilizer
Rabbit droppings = Compost

All sorts a great reasons to add manures and compost, but the NPK values are generally too low to be considered fertilizer. So yes, use it for the organic matter, micro-nutrients, soil improvement, et. al. Just keep in mind that it may not be enough quantity (especially since you are getting it from the wild) to solve any NPK deficiencies as a true fertilizer would.


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jan 7, 14 at 11:28

I remember vaguely some potential for a transmittable disease from the droppings in CA, something to keep in mind--wear gloves but you probably do anyway.


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RE: Would Wild Rabbit Droppings Work as Fertilizer?

hoovb, yes that was something I had considered. I never wear gloves (silly, I know) but do wash my hands thoroughly after handling the droppings.

subk3, you're right about not having enough material to put on all my roses and I consider it more as something to nourish my poor soil than the roses. It costs nothing and that way the rabbits aren't sitting in their own poop all the time.

Ingrid


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