Register

Thoughts on winter grasses?

Provide a well rounded diet without commercial feed, including discussions of the methods and merits of growing fodder.
1 year of membership
Posts: 39
Joined: March 1, 2020
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Canada
Thanks: 34
Thanked: 13 in 13 posts
BunnyBucks: 230.00

Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby CanineWild » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:25 pm


Hey all, hope everyone's keeping safe and well!

Anyway, I went for a hike today (first really nice day here- wore t-shirt the whole time, first day of the year that was possible!), and after seeing all the dead and dried standing grasses largely unburied from snow now, I had a thought.

Is that suitable for rabbit feed? Can anyone think of any reason having spent the winter outside might cause it to lose nutrients or become otherwise unusable? Assuming of course that nice dry stuff is selected and not obviously wet and rotting stuff.

The following user would like to thank CanineWild for this post
Bunny-Wan Kenobi

11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership11 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 695
Joined: March 1, 2010
Location: Louisiana
United States of America Male
Thanks: 403
Thanked: 120 in 102 posts
BunnyBucks: 4,274.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Bunny-Wan Kenobi » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:38 pm


Most (If not all) grasses are safe for rabbits to consume, so as long as you keep out the rotting stuff like you said, I don't imagine it would be much different from feeding them hay. (If somebody corrects me on this, definitely listen to them, though.)
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The following user would like to thank Bunny-Wan Kenobi for this post
CanineWild

Site Supporter
7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 2642
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Piney Flats ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 1742
Thanked: 842 in 661 posts
BunnyBucks: 13,168.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:02 am


although dry ,overwintered, mature grass has less nutrition than hay harvested at its prime,
it is still "good" for feed, and a "great" source of long stem fiber.
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

The following user would like to thank michaels4gardens for this post
Bunny-Wan Kenobi, CanineWild

1 year of membership
Posts: 39
Joined: March 1, 2020
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Canada
Thanks: 34
Thanked: 13 in 13 posts
BunnyBucks: 230.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby CanineWild » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:37 am


Ah, thanks a lot guys! I appreciate the info, and I know it'll come in handy in the future!

The following user would like to thank CanineWild for this post
Bunny-Wan Kenobi

User avatar
Posts: 6
Joined: January 9, 2021
Thanks: 0
Thanked: 1 in 1 post
BunnyBucks: 15.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby robeyw » Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:45 pm


While it is safe, my rabbit won't eat it even if it is this year's growth. Even when eating late season grass with brown tips, she eats up to the brown and drops it, treating it like straw. (She dislikes most hay but will eat it.)

The following user would like to thank robeyw for this post
CanineWild

9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership9 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 1765
Joined: November 5, 2011
Location: Ohio
United States of America Female
Thanks: 30
Thanked: 91 in 79 posts
BunnyBucks: 10,077.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby ohiogoatgirl » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:16 pm


Nutritional content will vary depending on winter weather conditions and the forage. Different grasses and forbs will keep their nutrition better than others. If you're interested look up articles on winter grazing livestock. The biggest problem for rabbits is that the winter forage is much easier to graze cows or sheep on that to try and human harvest and bring to rabbits.
Can I get back all that spare time I used to have?

https://www.instagram.com/girlwalkswithgoats/

The following user would like to thank ohiogoatgirl for this post
CanineWild

1 year of membership
Posts: 39
Joined: March 1, 2020
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Canada
Thanks: 34
Thanked: 13 in 13 posts
BunnyBucks: 230.00

Re: Thoughts on winter grasses?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby CanineWild » Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:06 pm


@ohiogoatgirl Oh, I hadn't thought to look for livestock winter grazing studies- that's a great idea, I'll do that!

Now that I've postponed getting rabbits till this spring rather than last fall, I should have plenty of time gathering summer grasses, but the info is still interesting to me ;)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest