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Duckweed for Rabbits?

Scott Stringer


Joined: Sep 29, 2012
Posts: 2
First post here... Just got my first Rabbit and have lots to learn. That being said, has anyone ever tried to or heard of feeding duckweed to rabbits? It is supposed to have up to 40% protein and is one of the easiest things to grow fast.

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Saybian Morgan
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Joined: Apr 22, 2011
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Location: Lower Mainland British Columbia Canada Zone 8a/ Manchester Jamaica
    
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You would have to dry it or drain it a bit, as you would be feeding it out by the bucket to each rabbit. Serving it wet will make things go yucky before they can eat it all. I can throw in a 6 foot sun choke plant and its gone by morning.

I'll go grab some out my pond and try it on them, I've never been able to grow enough to satisfy the ducks. If they get loose and hop in a pond, 4 or 5 can kill off the duckweed in 10 mins.

But I think if you heap it up onto a mesh and spread it out, it will drain enough to behave like fresh green pickings. I'm dying to do it with azolla but our weather grows too little too late, n like I said the ducks.
Scott Stringer


Joined: Sep 29, 2012
Posts: 2
Let me know how it goes.

There is also another type of lettuce that grows on the water here that multiplies really fast that I am wondering about. However, I am not not sure what it is, so I need to do a bit of research to make sure it is not poison to them.

I am wondering how much of the Rabbit's diet can be duckweed if i can grow enough.
Saybian Morgan
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watercrest is what I grow in a tube under the gutter downspout, it's way more pungent and nutrient dense and it continues into the winter. I also want to try feeding them typher latifolia "catails. I know we can eat the shoots but Im wonder if the micro ruminant can chomp through the full grass without gas.
Charlei Scott


Joined: Sep 10, 2012
Posts: 32
Location: Tampa, FL (USDA 9b)
I'd assume you could, but to grow in water, watercress seems like something they would like more since it also spreads and it's similar to mustard greens - and our rabbits couldn't get enough of our mustards!


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