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WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 09:16 AM
Hey :) I have a blackberry plant growing in my back garden and want to pick the leaves for my little bunnykins but wanted to know how you feed them to your bunnies. As they have thorns on them I am concerned about them cutting their mouths so wasn't sure whether to cut each leave off individually or whether to just give a big branch with all the leaves on and let them pick them all off themselves? Thank you in advance! :)

Omi
26-07-2016, 09:25 AM
I do both actually. I sometimes just cut the leaves and give them a big pile. Other times I give them the whole branch and they pick the leaves off themselves. I find their mouths seem to cope fine with the thorns. My only concern with giving the whole branch is for their hocks (mine are Rexes) and so if I give the whole branch I put it up somewhere so they don't tread on it.

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 09:28 AM
I do both actually. I sometimes just cut the leaves and give them a big pile. Other times I give them the whole branch and they pick the leaves off themselves. I find their mouths seem to cope fine with the thorns. My only concern with giving the whole branch is for their hocks (mine are Rexes) and so if I give the whole branch I put it up somewhere so they don't tread on it.
OK thank you :) I will attach it near the top of their run or something like that so they don't tread on it :)

joey&boo
26-07-2016, 09:28 AM
I actually do snip each leaf off! The reason being last year I brought in a huge long bramble (also from my garden). It was a shocking specimen, with hooky like thorns. My sweetheart Boo ran past it & it attached itself to her fur. It was a struggle to calm her & detach the thing.I actually have it in for brambles just on that basis. Their mouths seem to cope well with thorns though

daphnephoebe
26-07-2016, 09:36 AM
I pick each leaf off and as my rabbits are pansys compared to everyone else's I use small scissors to cut the thorns off the back of the leaves.

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Shimmer
26-07-2016, 09:44 AM
I just pick the leaves - more for the benefit of my fingers than for the rabbits. They cope with the thorny leaves fine. Some plants are more vicious than others. I don't like it when I rip my fingers open by accident when I am clearing up the runs. Sometimes it is easier to cut off a length of stem and then remove the leaves, rather than struggle with getting snagged up in the whole plant. You won't harm the plant - they grow quickly. At the moment, the ones round here are starting to fruit - so you may want to pick that for yourself.

MightyMax
26-07-2016, 10:50 AM
Hey :) I have a blackberry plant growing in my back garden and want to pick the leaves for my little bunnykins but wanted to know how you feed them to your bunnies. As they have thorns on them I am concerned about them cutting their mouths so wasn't sure whether to cut each leave off individually or whether to just give a big branch with all the leaves on and let them pick them all off themselves? Thank you in advance! :)

I snip the leaves off, as most of my buns are dental buns and wouldn't cope with a string of thorniness :shock:

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 01:27 PM
OK thank you all, I think I might just snip the whole branch off and then cut the leaves off individually and give them to them :)

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 01:29 PM
I actually do snip each leaf off! The reason being last year I brought in a huge long bramble (also from my garden). It was a shocking specimen, with hooky like thorns. My sweetheart Boo ran past it & it attached itself to her fur. It was a struggle to calm her & detach the thing.I actually have it in for brambles just on that basis. Their mouths seem to cope well with thorns though
Oh goodness! Was he OK afterwards?

joey&boo
26-07-2016, 01:31 PM
Oh goodness! Was he OK afterwards?

Yes all was well but I reckon it might have been different if nobody at home

MightyMax
26-07-2016, 01:56 PM
OK thank you all, I think I might just snip the whole branch off and then cut the leaves off individually and give them to them :)

I suppose you could decorate the house with them, stringing them across your furniture, and let them pick a leaf when they're peckish? It would make sitting on the sofa and watching TV a whole new experience :lol:

keletkezes
26-07-2016, 02:50 PM
We feed whole branches :thumb: Never had any injuries, though sometimes they forget and get a shock! They've usually chewed all the thorns off before too long though: they're not THAT stupid (sometimes!). I can take you some pictures of a before and after if you like, show you the evidence?

Having said that, they are dangerous to humans: by which I mean you really need to wear gloves as the little darlings will try and yank it off you and impale your hands! There was no lasting damage (and I haven't learnt: OH always wears gloves and I rarely do!) :D

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 03:59 PM
Yes all was well but I reckon it might have been different if nobody at home
Yeah I can imagine, it's a good job you were!

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 04:02 PM
I suppose you could decorate the house with them, stringing them across your furniture, and let them pick a leaf when they're peckish? It would make sitting on the sofa and watching TV a whole new experience [emoji38]
I have a couple of 'washing lines' hanging up for them already that I can hang them on [emoji38] It is super entertaining to watch them pull them off though [emoji38]

WillowAndBiscuit
26-07-2016, 04:08 PM
We feed whole branches :thumb: Never had any injuries, though sometimes they forget and get a shock! They've usually chewed all the thorns off before too long though: they're not THAT stupid (sometimes!). I can take you some pictures of a before and after if you like, show you the evidence?

Having said that, they are dangerous to humans: by which I mean you really need to wear gloves as the little darlings will try and yank it off you and impale your hands! There was no lasting damage (and I haven't learnt: OH always wears gloves and I rarely do!) :D
It would be good if you could get some before and after pictures, I'm quite intrigued to see! [emoji38]

I know what you mean, I never learn when it comes to things like that either hahaha.

keletkezes
27-07-2016, 10:17 AM
Here's how we hang them over the run ('forested'):

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1796661_10101316771228698_2863202386916982694_n.jp g?oh=c0593807de62630a5194aefbcf6c6f08&oe=582BB11F

They can reach up and grab them: we call it 'the bramble dance' XD

Lopsy (from when he was indoors) with 'grounded' bramble:

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10980721_10101466388080328_6737253144259312880_n.j pg?oh=b66cbd002219afc2a672ff4badfce162&oe=5827BBEC

Both with hawthorn and stripped bramble: the two whitish twigs are bramble branches, or what's left!

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12106812_10101766220897958_4660935482818184102_n.j pg?oh=e0abadf5c0c3800bd449559c2f91a494&oe=582C7022

WillowAndBiscuit
27-07-2016, 12:37 PM
Here's how we hang them over the run ('forested'):

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1796661_10101316771228698_2863202386916982694_n.jp g?oh=c0593807de62630a5194aefbcf6c6f08&oe=582BB11F

They can reach up and grab them: we call it 'the bramble dance' XD

Lopsy (from when he was indoors) with 'grounded' bramble:

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10980721_10101466388080328_6737253144259312880_n.j pg?oh=b66cbd002219afc2a672ff4badfce162&oe=5827BBEC

Both with hawthorn and stripped bramble: the two whitish twigs are bramble branches, or what's left!

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12106812_10101766220897958_4660935482818184102_n.j pg?oh=e0abadf5c0c3800bd449559c2f91a494&oe=582C7022
Ahh OK, Willow and Biscuit's run is 5ft tall so I wouldn't quite be able to do it the same, but I could attach it to the sides instead. It makes me so nervous seeing all of those thorns around your beautiful bunnies little paws [emoji23]

daphnephoebe
27-07-2016, 12:39 PM
Can I ask a seemingly dumb question?
Do they actually eat the thorns off the branches too?

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WillowAndBiscuit
27-07-2016, 01:22 PM
Can I ask a seemingly dumb question?
Do they actually eat the thorns off the branches too?

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That's what I was wondering too! [emoji38]

Rhian33
27-07-2016, 01:38 PM
Can I ask a seemingly dumb question?
Do they actually eat the thorns off the branches too?

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Mine do

keletkezes
27-07-2016, 02:44 PM
Can I ask a seemingly dumb question?
Do they actually eat the thorns off the branches too?That's what they've done in the last picture :) Even the really covered-in-spikes ones :D 24hrs and it looks like a woolly stick :thumb:

MightyMax
27-07-2016, 02:50 PM
Here's how we hang them over the run ('forested'):

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1796661_10101316771228698_2863202386916982694_n.jp g?oh=c0593807de62630a5194aefbcf6c6f08&oe=582BB11F

They can reach up and grab them: we call it 'the bramble dance' XD

Lopsy (from when he was indoors) with 'grounded' bramble:

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10980721_10101466388080328_6737253144259312880_n.j pg?oh=b66cbd002219afc2a672ff4badfce162&oe=5827BBEC

Both with hawthorn and stripped bramble: the two whitish twigs are bramble branches, or what's left!

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12106812_10101766220897958_4660935482818184102_n.j pg?oh=e0abadf5c0c3800bd449559c2f91a494&oe=582C7022

Very determined bunnies with cast iron mouths :lol:

keletkezes
27-07-2016, 03:03 PM
Very determined bunnies with cast iron mouths :lol::D It's their feet that are the problem, like willow&squiggles alluded to! Lopsy's got great huge fluffy clodhoppers and doesn't feel a thing, Aboleth's got dainty little tippytoes and constantly gets her bumskirt caught on the bramble, moves it out from its convenient corner placement and then stands on it :roll: Never had any ill effects though, no sore paws! :thumb: Lopsy does get a sore paw sometimes but that's always long after the bramble's been chewed to oblivion.

WillowAndBiscuit
27-07-2016, 04:19 PM
:D It's their feet that are the problem, like willow&squiggles alluded to! Lopsy's got great huge fluffy clodhoppers and doesn't feel a thing, Aboleth's got dainty little tippytoes and constantly gets her bumskirt caught on the bramble, moves it out from its convenient corner placement and then stands on it :roll: Never had any ill effects though, no sore paws! :thumb: Lopsy does get a sore paw sometimes but that's always long after the bramble's been chewed to oblivion.
I think you meant WillowAndBiscuit [emoji38] I can't believe they actually eat the thorns though, that's amazing!

keletkezes
28-07-2016, 09:25 AM
I think you meant WillowAndBiscuit [emoji38] I can't believe they actually eat the thorns though, that's amazing!Bum, sorry!

Apparently the thorns are the second best bit after the leaves! :roll: I've got another thornless stick picture but it's on my camera so that'll have to wait to be posted ;P

ALTHOUGH! This morning I thought, ha, I'll pile up these 4 short, wiggly sticks over here so they don't attach themselves and then Lopsy in his infinite stupidity goes and yanks at them, scares himself as two come out at once, runs off half-taking them with him, they attach to Aboleth's back and so she runs off in a panic and all hell broke loose. Needless to say it was all just panic and everybun was back to schnoofling the floor for celery ends less than a minute later :roll: Idiots. I expect smarter bunnies (i.e. those of average intelligence) will do just fine :twisted:

Omi
28-07-2016, 09:46 AM
The same happens here with any stick/twig. First the leaves, then buds, then tips if there are any, then thorns, then bark if it can be stripped, then the insides if there's nothing else appearing for them to eat. Means that the sticks dry out perfectly to be stored away and reecycled for the woodburner in the winter :lol:

WillowAndBiscuit
28-07-2016, 10:06 AM
Bum, sorry!

Apparently the thorns are the second best bit after the leaves! :roll: I've got another thornless stick picture but it's on my camera so that'll have to wait to be posted ;P

ALTHOUGH! This morning I thought, ha, I'll pile up these 4 short, wiggly sticks over here so they don't attach themselves and then Lopsy in his infinite stupidity goes and yanks at them, scares himself as two come out at once, runs off half-taking them with him, they attach to Aboleth's back and so she runs off in a panic and all hell broke loose. Needless to say it was all just panic and everybun was back to schnoofling the floor for celery ends less than a minute later :roll: Idiots. I expect smarter bunnies (i.e. those of average intelligence) will do just fine :twisted:
Hahaha, it's OK [emoji38]

Oh goodness,that probably would have panicked me too! All three off my buns are relatively stupid too so I could see that happening to them! [emoji23]

MightyMax
28-07-2016, 10:58 AM
Hahaha, it's OK [emoji38]

Oh goodness,that probably would have panicked me too! All three off my buns are relatively stupid too so I could see that happening to them! [emoji23]


Nooooo! No bun is stupid, relatively or otherwise :lol:

And by the way, how's the King these days? xx

Mrsmcarey
28-07-2016, 11:16 AM
:wave: mine pick their own i have two blackberry bushes they can all get to :D

they will trim the new growth and once all the leaves are gone after they have also picked all the ripe fruit they can reach :lol: will then trim off the old branches so next years new growth is bunny level ;) clever little devils :love:

keletkezes
28-07-2016, 11:26 AM
Nooooo! No bun is stupid, relatively or otherwise :lol::lol: Try telling that to Lopsy :twisted:

Also, interesting bramble fact: it creates a chemical so rabbits won't eat it as it's growing! Of course, that wears off after a few hours of being cut so it eventually goes :D And I expect some (Stu et al, maybe, Mrsmcarey?! :lol:) don't care about it. But mine, they won't eat relatively new tips, but do so the next morning :)

Maddy and Alfie Nibbles
28-07-2016, 11:53 AM
I grow Raspberries, they are his FAVOURITE. Can't wait for spring when the leaves burst out (winter here in Melbourne)

WillowAndBiscuit
28-07-2016, 05:02 PM
Nooooo! No bun is stupid, relatively or otherwise [emoji38]

And by the way, how's the King these days? xx
OK, they're a little bit simple instead [emoji6]

He's doing OK, still chomping up his recovery food like a good little boy before his dental tomorrow :) x

MightyMax
28-07-2016, 05:44 PM
OK, they're a little bit simple instead [emoji6]

He's doing OK, still chomping up his recovery food like a good little boy before his dental tomorrow :) x

Good boy :D

I will be praying for him tomorrow. He (and you) have been through so much! xx

WillowAndBiscuit
28-07-2016, 10:34 PM
Good boy :D

I will be praying for him tomorrow. He (and you) have been through so much! xx
Thank you :) I will of course keep you posted :)

clarebear
02-08-2016, 11:58 AM
Ooh I might pick some for Bungee from our garden :)