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Post by Thumper2001 on Mon May 04, 2015 3:21 pm

I've been a rabbit owner for many years but not once have I ever fed my bunnies dandelions fresh from the garden Embarassed

What the heck do I do with them? Pluck them, wash them and then hand them over?

Can they eat it all, including the stem/stalk/whatever?

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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Mon May 04, 2015 3:23 pm

Yes they can eat everything above the ground. Just pick and feed.


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Post by woodwench on Mon May 04, 2015 3:34 pm

I pick and check every leaf for sign of slugs (slime). I never feed any that are slimed because of lung worm, nor do I feed any that are nibbled or have any discolouration. I always wash them and feed while still crispy.
Henry, like Clawed, will eat the flowers as well but I always shake them thoroughly to be rid of those awful little black bugs.
I love watching Henry eating a flower, he spaghettis it in, flower last, and he kinda purses his lips round the flower head to draw it in.... so cute.
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Post by Thumper2001 on Mon May 04, 2015 4:17 pm

Thanks, ladies Very Happy
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Post by KatieB on Mon May 04, 2015 5:01 pm

Annabelle likes hers straight from the grass... they go down in one.


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Post by FluffSlave on Mon May 04, 2015 6:23 pm

My guys also love them straight from the garden - and in turn, I get a bit of weeding done Wink Laughing
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Mon May 04, 2015 7:24 pm

I have never met a bun who didn't adore dandelions.

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Post by woodwench on Mon May 04, 2015 9:24 pm

It's odd though that I've never actually seen a wild rabbit eating dandelions. There are loads of wildies around me but in all my 63 years I've never witnessed any of them consuming dandies.
I've never come across rabbit nibbled dandelions either; slug eaten and bug eaten yes, but not bun eaten.
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Post by c.bolduan on Mon May 04, 2015 10:24 pm

All of mine love it and the wildies too. So the race is on!

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Post by Sixer on Wed May 06, 2015 8:59 pm

I don't wash mine - I figure the northern rain will have done that, as per the grass. Now the interesting thing from our garden is that I offer mine a picked dandelion they see it as a huge treat. But when they are out and about on the grass they pretty much ignore the dandelions. They much prefer the grass.
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Post by c.bolduan on Wed May 06, 2015 11:13 pm

Someone else's chips seem to taste better!Laughing

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Post by jolovesbunnies on Thu May 07, 2015 7:18 pm

We have to go a while away for ours because there are too many cars around here for them not to be affected. It is wonderful to see, they love them so much.

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Post by The Snowman on Tue May 12, 2015 6:17 pm

Seb and Dotty are loving daily Dandelions. I would say they are their most favourite food right now. We do have lots in our garden at the moment!
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Post by woodwench on Tue May 12, 2015 6:29 pm

Yes, Henry is a dandie devotee. I have to keep reminding myself they are a diarettic and keep his intake to an acceptible level.
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue May 12, 2015 7:40 pm

The only other things I see devoured with just as much enthusiasm are carrot tops and parsley.

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Post by Father Jack on Tue May 12, 2015 8:15 pm

woodwench wrote:It's odd though that I've never actually seen a wild rabbit eating dandelions. There are loads of wildies around me but in all my 63 years I've never witnessed any of them consuming dandies.
I've never come across rabbit nibbled dandelions either; slug eaten and bug eaten yes, but not bun eaten.

That's probably because the eating of dandies distracts from the lookout for predators. Poor wildies don't know what they're missing but better safe than sorry I guess Smile
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed May 13, 2015 7:41 pm

I feel so sorry for the little loves, their relaxing time must be minimal when they are out and about.

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Post by Sneaks on Tue May 19, 2015 12:28 pm

I just check them over, blow them to make sure there are no bugs or dirt on and feed.

When mine pick them themselves they just munch! haha

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Post by Thumper2001 on Tue May 19, 2015 8:29 pm

Well, OH picked them before he cut the grass and put them in a food bag for me.

When I got home from work I looked in the bag and counted 4 bugs! So they went in the bin Rolling Eyes

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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue May 19, 2015 9:13 pm

jolovesbunnies wrote:I feel so sorry for the little loves, their relaxing time must be minimal when they are out and about.

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I was talking about the wild bunnies hun, it can't be much fun enjoying the sun shine when you have to be aware of predators all the time. Very Happy

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