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    Default It's Forage Friday!

    We all know that a rabbit's diet should be around 85% fibre, 5% pellets (not museli) and 10% greens, but perhaps not many of us are brave enough to try to find natural and free sources of food for our rabbits. Grass and dandelions are the obvious things that we would go for, and they are an excellent addition to the diet, but over the next few weeks we are going to look at other goodies that we might find for our bunnies to enjoy. Starting with Plantain

    For more information on this, and photos too, please see our blog http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.co.uk/...ge-friday.html

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    Great idea! Look forward to more updates

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    It's Forage Friday again, and since we're having such lovely warm weather after all that rain, everything's growing like....weeds! This week we want to tell you about clover.



    Clover is a member of the pea family and the whole of the plant is safe to be fed to rabbits. It is a good source of protein and very nourishing, and is believed to be a good tonic and useful for feeding during a moult. Rabbits love it, and it's often in hay; clover hay is thought of as one of the richest types of 'albuminoids' .

    There's plenty around just now, so now's the time to plan for winter when none of this scrummy, nutritious foraging will be around. Take small bunches and tie them together with string then hang them upside down somewhere that has a good air-flow and isn't damp. They won't take long to dry out, and when they're nice and crispy, you can store them in paper (not plastic) bags to keep them fresh. You can also try this (carefully!) with nettles, which rabbits will not eat when fresh, but love when dried out.



    If you would like to read up on more wild plants and green foods, why not try this book? It's only 7.45 (including postage) from the RWAF shop.

    http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catal...roducts_id=207

    If you can't find any wild forage, try Galen's Garden:

    http://www.galensgarden.co.uk/

    They stock a wonderful array of seeds for all the wild plants you might need.

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    I tried the first link in the post above but it didn't work

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    Me too.

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    Sorry...it seems to have been corrupted somehow. This one ought to work

    http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catal...roducts_id=207 or as a RWAF short link http://www.rwaf.org.uk/2

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    Thank you. I think I will order that

    Is it similar to the Rabbit Nutrition book by Virginia Richardson?

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    Yes, it's similar, but each book has some information that the other hasn't

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    Ummmm... Decision time then.lol.

    Does the green foods book have more reference to foraging? I live facing a nature reserve and really want have a go at foraging. So far dandelions are about as brave as I get. LOL. Or at least they were until I saw this thread. Im off for nettles and clover later.

    Also the more pics the better

    Thanks again

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    Yes, that link works

    Have never been on the RWAF site before. It looks fascinating and that book is just what I have been after for ages. I've eleven buns so foraging would be great for my budget as well as for their health

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