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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Have a search

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supple...redientid=308&

    Used a lot for menopausal symptoms!
    Thanks. I'm not sure I like my bunnies having plants with stuff that mimics hormones but it does seem to have some good properties. Small quantities me thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Thanks. I'm not sure I like my bunnies having plants with stuff that mimics hormones but it does seem to have some good properties. Small quantities me thinks
    I didn't know about the hormonal properties. I have always fed it in quite small quantities, both flowers and leaves, as I have always thought, rightly or wrongly, that it has quite a high calorific value. Twigs advises small quantities in the spring and early summer as it can give rise to bloat (and has the same effect on sheep and horses). I don't see it much that early in the year though. Twigs says it doesn't dry well, possibly because the flower is quite fleshy isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    I didn't know about the hormonal properties. I have always fed it in quite small quantities, both flowers and leaves, as I have always thought, rightly or wrongly, that it has quite a high calorific value. Twigs advises small quantities in the spring and early summer as it can give rise to bloat (and has the same effect on sheep and horses). I don't see it much that early in the year though. Twigs says it doesn't dry well, possibly because the flower is quite fleshy isn't it.
    That's a shame it doesn't dry well. I may try some in the dehydrator & see what happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Thanks. I'm not sure I like my bunnies having plants with stuff that mimics hormones but it does seem to have some good properties. Small quantities me thinks
    Yes, it's those hormonal qualities I was referring to

    It is quite fattening - supposedly, though I've never found it to be so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Yes, it's those hormonal qualities I was referring to

    It is quite fattening - supposedly, though I've never found it to be so.
    I never even consider the calorific value of forage which might explain why my bunnies gain 100g each a year. You sound like you are scoffing it yourself ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I never even consider the calorific value of forage which might explain why my bunnies gain 100g each a year. You sound like you are scoffing it yourself ?
    Makes a lovely salad, don't you know

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    Hurrah! Finally found willowherb today! It was in a bit of an awkward spot - probably why I hadn't spotted it before - and I had to wade through stinging nettle to get to it. I got to stung to buggery Still, anything for my little angels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy's Little Helper View Post
    Hurrah! Finally found willowherb today! It was in a bit of an awkward spot - probably why I hadn't spotted it before - and I had to wade through stinging nettle to get to it. I got to stung to buggery Still, anything for my little angels
    I hope they appreciated your efforts Scrappy? Mine are a "meh" about it which is a shame because its so easy to gather. Yet it is Omi's bunnies fave.

    When is it best to hack off apple branches, does anybody know? They only have teeny tiny fruit at the mo. I don't even know what kind of apples or how big they get but of course I'm just interested in the freshest leaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    When is it best to hack off apple branches, does anybody know? They only have teeny tiny fruit at the mo. I don't even know what kind of apples or how big they get but of course I'm just interested in the freshest leaves
    The leaves will start to turn in the autumn and then drop. Once that process starts, I "help" the leaves perform their duty by picking them and feeding them. I would rather do this then than wait until they actually drop on the ground.

    The trees get pruned after this has happened and when the trees are dormant, usually around early winter time. We then put the sticks in buckets of water to keep them fresh and let the rabbits have a few at a time. We don't really have any large branches to prune off.

    So, to answer your question about the freshest leaves, I would say anytime between now and autumn. It is beneficial to the tree though for the leaves to remain on the tree as long as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy's Little Helper View Post
    Hurrah! Finally found willowherb today! It was in a bit of an awkward spot - probably why I hadn't spotted it before - and I had to wade through stinging nettle to get to it. I got to stung to buggery Still, anything for my little angels
    Impressive dedication I really hope they like it. Which Willowherb was it?

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