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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.

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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.)
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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.

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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!

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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.)

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