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Duckweed for Rabbits?

 
Scott Stringer
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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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Scott Stringer wrote: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.

Scott



figure id help out and finish answer this question incase. someone else stumbles on it. yes %30-%40 protein . also azolla grows about the same way but it's a 7day cycle to double it's size instead of a 2-4 depending on where you live and time of year.

a mix feed still needs some type of hay.

i haven't tried it out on cuy before or quail but it's next on my list

this is a good way of drying it.



Here is a really great way to intergrate a nursey setup on the cheap with duckweed


Cool : things to know about duckweed if your thinkin about giving it a try she has great info http://youtu.be/EEMV1vPzxPY


good luck to you. remember to wash your duckweed before you dry. "dirt" upsets animals stomachs. unless they are a pig.
 
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