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    I went out foraging, been loving it. I read various sources that say that horse chestnut leaves are safe for buns. I have just seen another page that says it is poisonous?! They only had half a small leaf each, but I am really worried now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbitches View Post
    I went out foraging, been loving it. I read various sources that say that horse chestnut leaves are safe for buns. I have just seen another page that says it is poisonous?! They only had half a small leaf each, but I am really worried now!

    I wouldn't worry at all. There's so much discrepancy about plant toxicity.

    See here:

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...lem-with-lists

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    Thanks for the link- just reading through stuff now- I feel a bit better! I would like to be able to give them the rest over the next couple of days- do you think they are ok? I have seen loads of places saying leaves are fine, but then a couple saying not safe but don't specify which part of the plant.
    I had been sticking to hawthorn and bramble as I am confident with those, and wanted to branch out!
    I did get them a rose to share though- the rain helped open my flowers up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbitches View Post
    Thanks for the link- just reading through stuff now- I feel a bit better! I would like to be able to give them the rest over the next couple of days- do you think they are ok? I have seen loads of places saying leaves are fine, but then a couple saying not safe but don't specify which part of the plant.
    I had been sticking to hawthorn and bramble as I am confident with those, and wanted to branch out!
    I did get them a rose to share though- the rain helped open my flowers up!

    If I'm not sure about anything, even just a bit not sure, then I won't give it. There's plenty more that's known as safe - as you say, brambles and hawthorn, so I would stick to what I know.

    Have you see these links?

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...od-for-rabbits

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...bbits/foraging

    And a very good book written by Twigs Way called 'Foraging for Rabbits' which can be purchased from the RWAF bookshop

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    I will buy that tomorrow thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    If I'm not sure about anything, even just a bit not sure, then I won't give it. There's plenty more that's known as safe - as you say, brambles and hawthorn, so I would stick to what I know.

    Have you see these links?

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...od-for-rabbits

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...bbits/foraging

    And a very good book written by Twigs Way called 'Foraging for Rabbits' which can be purchased from the RWAF bookshop
    This is my modus operandi.

    I feed lots of different types of tree leaves and twigs. It's not easy to establish just what is considered safe and what isn't. But there are very many that are considered safe in all sources where you check. I have used this site before http://kanin.org/node/190

    I have never fed Horse Chestnut, but that's not because I know it's unsafe. More because I do not have easy access to any and so have not bothered to check widely. If it's not considered safe everywhere you have looked, I wouldn't feed it.

    If I were you, I would not worry about the small amount you have fed already. Plant toxicity for rabbits does not seem to be an exact science. I don't think I would feed the rest of what you have though.

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    Personally, I wouldn't worry.

    My rabbits often chose to eat "toxic" plants in the garden. (They get free range). I trust they're not stupid and will avoid them at their most toxic times.

    I do section off plants that have scientific proof to be poisonous though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbitches View Post
    I will buy that tomorrow thanks

    You're welcome

    Is all still OK with your rabbits?

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    Yes, they are absolutely fine, bright as buttons! I am still hoping I can find definitive proof of the leaves to be safe- because they did love them, and there are some huge trees by us! They are on RWAF safe list, going to wait for the book though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbitches View Post
    Yes, they are absolutely fine, bright as buttons! I am still hoping I can find definitive proof of the leaves to be safe- because they did love them, and there are some huge trees by us! They are on RWAF safe list, going to wait for the book though!

    They aren't mentioned in Twigs' book.

    You could send her a PM - she is parsnipbun. Hasn't been on here for a while

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