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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Bunny Gardening, grapevines and leaves safe?
Last Post by Beka27 at 6/03/2010 4:31 AM (44 Replies)
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User is Offline kralspace
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4/24/2010 5:25 AM

I was looking through the veggie list for new things to try and saw Grape fruit, leaves, and vines. This is a really dumb question, but I wanted to make sure it's talking about the grape vines you could have growing around the house (not grapefruit, right?).

I have 2 Thompson white grapevines I've never paid much attention to because the birds grab the grapes so fast, but this year it is producing a lot of new vines and beautiful leaves and it never crossed my mind that the bunnies might could eat them.

We've had a lot of rain this spring and the little weeping willow I planted is looking great and they love the leaves and dead twigs I bring in. I set up a rainbarrel close to it so I can keep this one watered properly.

I was following the thread about sticks and think I'll try a small apple tree also since they're safe.

The yard really needs mowing, but there's so many nice dandelions popping up I really hate to. You really need a life when your entire yard becomes a bunny garden   ;-)

 

 

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User is Offline BB
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4/24/2010 11:10 PM

EDITED because I lost my mind and  had replied with an answer that was ridiculously confusing. 

Let's try this again: 

I am assuming it's to mean "grapes" include the vine and leaves.  HOWEVER, I can see how this is confusing and I'm double-checking with the creator of the list (HRS Health Coordinator)

 


User is Offline kralspace
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4/25/2010 2:58 AM
Thanks BB!
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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4/25/2010 3:44 AM
While BB checks on grape vines for you, I just want to add that my biggest concern for anything from outside is pesticides.
If you grow your own garden in your own yard, and don't use any, then it's a good start. That would make your own apple tree sticks OK.
But if anyone does any lawn or garden care for you, then it's a danger.
So I think the plants in your own garden will be OK under the right conditions, but I am worried about the dandilions. Because they blow through the air on the wind and plant themselves in neighbors' gardens all the time. Your neighbors might have sprayed them, so they seeded somewhere else where they aren't dying (your lawn) and may still have some residual pesticide on them. I would not trust the dandilions and weeds.
But you can start your own little herb patch for the bunny, plus a window box garden is a great way to plant some fresh herb treats, like mint and dill, too.
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User is Offline kralspace
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4/25/2010 9:52 AM
That's a great idea, RabbitPam. I grew up with an organic gardening dad, and his idea of bug control was one of us kids following him around with 2 bricks to smash the bugs.......ugh, still makes me shiver. So nothing in my yard is treated and knowing my neighbors, they don't treat either, but I'll forgo the dandelions. Around this small town, the "yard man" is a young guy pulling his little trailer with his mower and weedeater with a moped.

Bunny poo/hay makes up my mulch and I'm setting up a rainbarrel system to water my 'bunny' trees ;-) I need to grow the veggies that they eat the tops of like radishes, etc. I hate to buy them in the store when no one wants to eat the actual radishes.
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

User is Offline Petzy
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4/26/2010 1:01 PM
I agree with Rabbitpam, the main concern is pesticides. I was reading in a rabbit book about plant toxicity that rabbits have a relatively high tolerance even to plants toxic to other animals, meaning they either won't touch them or wouldn't ingest enough to seriously harm themselves. I think there are so many plant materials edible for rabbits that no list would include them all. I used to be nervous introducing new things from outside but I have relaxed about it somewhat. I am not saying feed anything from outside to your rabbits because caution is always advised with offering new food items; however, I believe untreated plant materials can really be a health benefit. (I know this does not answer your question about the grapevines...)
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User is Offline Petzy
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4/26/2010 1:15 PM
Apparently wild rabbits are considered a pest in vinyards due to the damage the grapevines suffer at their teeth.
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User is Offline kralspace
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4/27/2010 9:26 AM

 

yeah, their teeth is what convinced our house to go wireless everywhere possible  ;-)

I found a good use for the cage that Simba came to me with, it's one where the white cage part just sits down into a large purple high-sided box. The box is serving as an extra litter area in the play room, and I popped the top over my poor catnip I just planted in an effort to fend off the herd of cats that wander the neighborhood. Can't grow it inside because of my three and couldn't grow it outside for all the 'visitors' so we'll see how this works.

 

My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

User is Offline Petzy
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4/27/2010 9:43 AM
Commercial rabbit cages are great, just not for housing bunnies
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User is Offline Andi
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4/27/2010 10:29 AM
I've wondered about the grape vines/leaves myself. I bough dried grape vines made into wreaths with some willow ones, the willow ones went to the bunnies, the grapes ones are still in a bag. If i cannot find info on them I suppose I may have to make decorations out of them instead of bunny toys LOL

I use the commercial rabbit cages for playtime outside for my Degus.
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4/27/2010 7:26 PM
I will see if I can find out about the grapevines.
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User is Offline Petzy
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4/28/2010 4:56 AM
According to Dana Krempels grapevines and leaves are safe to eat for rabbits as long as there is no pesticide residue.
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User is Offline Andi
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4/28/2010 6:32 AM
Wonderful, I'll add it to my list. Thanks.
I don't use sprays or anything in my own gardens (Probably why my gardens looks like a weed fest LOL), and either do my neighbours whom i get apple branches from
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4/28/2010 6:43 AM
Posted By Andi on 04/28/2010 09:32 AM
  my gardens looks like a weed fest LOL

 

B.C. and 'weed' somehow go together.

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4/28/2010 7:07 AM
Posted By Petzy on 04/28/2010 09:43 AM
Posted By Andi on 04/28/2010 09:32 AM
  my gardens looks like a weed fest LOL

 

B.C. and 'weed' somehow go together.



 

LOL.... well then...

"My Addicts"

It's alfalfa bits btw ... LOL

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4/28/2010 7:10 AM

I like your grey rex. <3
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User is Offline Andi
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4/28/2010 7:33 AM
He's a heart bunny of mine, Bo. I think he's part dog though, he begs like a dog, tries jumping up my legs like a dog, and well pretty much will eat anything... maybe he's got lab in him? LOL
Pizza is a fun food to try and steal he thinks, and he had jumped on me an took banana chips right from my mouth once! I had put some in my mouth quickly when i saw him coming, and held the bag up over my head so he couldn't take them... didn't work, but I did laugh my butt off.

Kinda on, but off topic. I actually know a girl who gives her rabbits real 'weed' leaves. I've only read don't give to your dogs and cats, is there anything on that for bunnies? I'd like to send her information about it, as I am opposed to it, specially if it is harmful (I wouldn't give it to a child/dog/cat so why a bunny?). And sites or research on this?
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User is Offline kralspace
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4/28/2010 9:29 AM
Thanks for the answer on the grape leaves and vines, I guess I better take better care of them and actually encourage them to grow ;-)

Beautiful bunnies, that must be what my Pringles would look like as an uppy ear bunny. Good grief, are her bunnies stoned? Would that make them Hippy Hoppers?
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

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4/28/2010 9:39 AM
That's a cute term of endearment 'hippy hoppers' LOL My Mops is definitely one of those.
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4/28/2010 9:47 AM
Happy Hippy Hoppers
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.
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