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    I have about 3 weeks of Rabbit Nuggets left and looking on PAH website, they are out of stock at the moment. So I am getting slightly worried as to whether I will be able to buy their normal food or have to get something else. I don't really want to change the pellets as they seem good and not quite as expensive as SS or Excel but dearer than some of the other foods. We get really good hay and I have a big bag of Grasstistic. Their staple veg is Spring Greens but I have to drive 12 miles to get that and I am possibly better off staying home and using the local shop. I can't forage for 37 rabbits. I used to bring home bags of long beautiful grass but I can't do this anymore. So I thought we could give one another ideas to help our bunnies through this time.

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    I am in a similar situation though have more choices than yourself. I'm okay for pellets but a bit scuppered for both supermarket greens and foraging.

    I have bought loads of seeds and some mini greenhouses but I'm struggling to get potting compost to complete the plan.

    I'm also worried about not being able to get VHD2 vaccines done so I'm planning on saving a bale of hay or two back for the bunnies I couldn't get vaccinated (the idea being that new season hay is more likely to have VHD2 than last years hay in which the virus will have died off). Then only feed them herbs/kale that have been grown inside the greenhouse/under netting with no risk of bird droppings etc.

    The grow-your-own is a major undertaking though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Buddy View Post
    I am in a similar situation though have more choices than yourself. I'm okay for pellets but a bit scuppered for both supermarket greens and foraging.

    I have bought loads of seeds and some mini greenhouses but I'm struggling to get potting compost to complete the plan.

    I'm also worried about not being able to get VHD2 vaccines done so I'm planning on saving a bale of hay or two back for the bunnies I couldn't get vaccinated (the idea being that new season hay is more likely to have VHD2 than last years hay in which the virus will have died off). Then only feed them herbs/kale that have been grown inside the greenhouse/under netting with no risk of bird droppings etc.

    The grow-your-own is a major undertaking though.
    I'm tempted to say use garden soil with crumbled bunny poo. that's what i'd do. Can't believe I've said that aloud on RU

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I'm tempted to say use garden soil with crumbled bunny poo. that's what i'd do. Can't believe I've said that aloud on RU
    I have done it in the past and that is Plan A at the moment. I have one precious bag of compost that I will use carefully. But, yes, the bunnies could well be earning their keep from now on!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I'm tempted to say use garden soil with crumbled bunny poo. that's what i'd do. Can't believe I've said that aloud on RU
    We have a poop bucket! It's actually for brewing anyway we keep white bun poop in it, and I mix it in with stuff I put in the ground

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    We have a poop bucket! It's actually for brewing anyway we keep white bun poop in it, and I mix it in with stuff I put in the ground

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    I love the way you specify poop from white buns. Atty splats not good enough for growing your veggies Whenever I say I put bunny poo on a plant Bob always wants affirmation I've not used Rudey's

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    Tonibun, if you can get any sort of green leafy veg from your local shop, then I'd get that. I'd also encourage the weeds to grow in your garden. It probably won't be enough for 37 rabbits, but it will supplement anything you have to buy.

    Re compost, as I think I said a few weeks ago, I feel guilty that I buy peat-based compost. So for sowing seeds, I now always use old compost, which has been re-used time and time again. I've often read that this encourages disease, but I've never experienced that. For potting on, as that requires fertiliser, I either use new compost or old compost with seaweed fertiliser. Obviously also for tomatoes they get their own fertiliser each week once they are producing fruit.

    Is there no potting compost left in garden centres?

    ETA For potting on it's also fine to use garden soil, with or without bunny poop
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I love the way you specify poop from white buns. Atty splats not good enough for growing your veggies Whenever I say I put bunny poo on a plant Bob always wants affirmation I've not used Rudey's
    Yea Atticus and Clementines poop don't make the cut unfortunately



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    Went to PAH to get 2 bags of rabbit food and they only had 2 x 2kg bags which were no good for me. I got the guinea food and 2 bags of hamster food so Bella should be ok. Ho pefully they will be getting some in soon. I normally buy it on line but it says out of stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Buddy View Post
    I am in a similar situation though have more choices than yourself. I'm okay for pellets but a bit scuppered for both supermarket greens and foraging.

    I have bought loads of seeds and some mini greenhouses but I'm struggling to get potting compost to complete the plan.

    I'm also worried about not being able to get VHD2 vaccines done so I'm planning on saving a bale of hay or two back for the bunnies I couldn't get vaccinated (the idea being that new season hay is more likely to have VHD2 than last years hay in which the virus will have died off). Then only feed them herbs/kale that have been grown inside the greenhouse/under netting with no risk of bird droppings etc.

    The grow-your-own is a major undertaking though.
    Have you tried amazon? I got loads delivered from them (this was a good few weeks back now tho, so Idk if everyone's panicked and bought it all up ) I normally get mine from b and q but I can't lift the huge bags atm, it's like 125L or something, so I just ordered a huge selection of different types of soil and got them delivered tbh Idk what I'ma do though going forward, I use a ridiculous amount of compost every year, and I didn't buy enough for like everything being potted on etc

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