Wednesday, February 1, 2017


One what?  Why a bunny of course!!
This is Cleopatra.  She is the new mother of seven (yes seven) adorable baby bunnies.

Cleopatra had her babies sometime around Christmas.  We were in Hawaii at the time and received this picture from Holly who cares for the farm when we are away.
The bunnies came to school last week and my students are doing an excellent job taming them.  
Recently, I took them back outside and put them in an outdoor cage.  The next morning they were ALL gone.  All seven of them!  Horrors!!!  A mom was coming to pick two bunnies up for her children the next day.  What was I going to tell her?  Never fear.  We found all seven of them under the front porch.  Catching them was another matter entirely... That took most of the day.

A friend of mine told me that rabbit tea helps your plants grow.  So I looked it up.
Rabbit manure has more accessible nitrogen that will not harm your plants.  It is better than manure from cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs or chickens. Yet, it is classified as a cold manure. This is because the nitrogen in rabbit dung is a slow release nitrogen, making it less likely to burn tender roots.  Rabbit manure is less aromatic and has fewer pathogens than other fertilizers.  Put about a gallon worth of rabbit manure into the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket, then add water, and stir occasionally till you have a weak looking tea. This can take a day or two.  Just dip your tea out of the bucket, thin it down till it is a weak tea color, and apply about 1 to 2 pints to the soil around each plant, not on the plant itself. Manure teas are especially beneficial in helping plants in the growth stage. Don’t apply manure tea once the plant is ready to set fruit, since the nitrogen in your tea will encourage the plant to grow larger but set less fruit.

Rabbit manure tea is a good source of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Rabbit manure is lacking in some trace minerals so add an ounce of concentrated sea minerals to your tea. Some sources add molasses. 

Now after reading all that don't you want one??  You know you do!


Mom said...

We are so in love with our bunnies!!!

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Rabbits are such adorable creatures with their beady eyes, furry bodies and twitching noses. Finding out about the benefits of the manure is a bonus!