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From vermiculture and selling rabbit manure to rent-a-bunny for Easter photographs, this forum is a place to discuss other ideas for making a profit from rabbits.
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Post Number:#1  Unread postby Silver Star Rabbitry » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:52 pm


How much would you sell a 50 pound bag of rabbit manure for?

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Post Number:#2  Unread postby Anntann » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:18 am


In my location, with a fairly large concentration of organic gardeners and an active PUSH for using natural fertilizers, I could easily get $4 to $5/50lbs bagged and delivered to a central location

HOWEVER, it's really really hard to get anyone to come to the farm to pick it up. We also have a couple of folks who advertise "free...you scoop...all you want" and they have a FEW people, but not a lot. One rabbitry (now defunct) had a guy who would come out every week and take home a trailer full of manure...he'd bag it up in town and go around his suburb selling bags.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:46 am


Don't sell it unless you can get a decent price. Just top dress your garden with it or use it to establish a new bed. It's gold.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby Brody » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:39 am


My rabbits are going to produce a LOT more poop than I will need this summer

How would you market it to sell at a farmer's market?
might be worth a shot - take a pair of bunnies down - spend the day grooming them and hanging out and sell some poop ... if I can get my head together that is
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:28 am


One idea that we have tossed around for marketing bunny berries would be to make small burlap sacks (there's a place in Mississauga that has upholsterer's burlap real cheap), fill them with bunny berries and tie them up with twine. Instant "manure tea bags" and the gardener never has to handle the manure. Drop one in a bucket of water, steep for 24 hours and use the liquid on the plants. Could likely use the bag a couple of times. Spent bags would go in the compost pile... all natural fabric so it would break down. Should go down well with urban gardeners.
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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Devon's Mom Lauren » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:06 pm


How big should these "tea bags" be? Its a very good idea , oh and would they be sewn on a machine or by hand? I know nothing about sewing lol

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:59 pm


By all means run them up on a machine... They'd be done in no time. If I were doing it, I'd make them in two sizes... for 2-3 gallons and 5-6 gallons, since most buckets are one or the other. As for how much... take a bucket of water and put in a scoop or two of poop... see if it looks it rich enough. Then size your tea bag accordingly. No matter now strong the tea is, it certainly will not burn the plants. This manure tea is supposed to be particularly good for roses.

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Been thinking a bit more about this. You could also make the teabags by using a slightly larger square and just pulling the corners and tying it like a poke. It wouldn't be quite so attractive, but would work just as well and no sewing needed.

Here's a link for burlap in the Toronto area. I bought some there a number of years ago.
http://www.nusso.com/fabric/
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Brody » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:16 pm


cool concept - given that I don't sew the tying them makes sense :)

I like that in that it would be more attractive to sell then little bags of poop too
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Anntann » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:42 am


http://www.gardengrapevine.com/ManureTea.html has some good information on size, amount, ect.

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http://greenrednecks.com/2009/06/12/manure-tea-anyone/ has more info, andsome photos of some really good looking ones.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby pfaubush » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:16 am


I LOVE this idea!!! I get hay in my manure, so selling it isn't a great option. This IS!

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Brody » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:28 pm


I'm quite inspired now ... and you know the other half thinks we are all CRAZY!!!
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Post Number:#12  Unread postby Devon's Mom Lauren » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:18 pm


Well thats just awsome !! I am thinking if folks already have a rain barrel then they could place the "tea bags" in those! What do you all think? would that work? If you let it sit for the first week and then could draw off water at random and fertilize your plants? The rainbins already have screens and lids to stop mosquitos and such.

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby pfaubush » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:05 am


Brody wrote:I'm quite inspired now ... and you know the other half thinks we are all CRAZY!!!


The other half might be on to something! :lol:

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby cereshill » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:31 pm


i use our manure on fields and in veg beds. The winters supply created the most amazing soil this year---black in color! I would not sell it as we need the nourishment in the garden

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Post Number:#15  Unread postby Brody » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:55 pm


CH - that makes sense for you for sure. Here 15 rabbits plus or minus for a year and our regular composting have filled one of our bins (4x4x4) already - I have half a bin of compost in the other usually it takes nearly a year to fill a bin - this year we did two ..
I have enough poop I can share :)
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