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Forum DIET & CARE ISO Opinions: Organic vs Regular

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    • Rae
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        Hey, all!

        I’m trying to cut my bunny costs since taking on a pair in addition to my little man, taking my bun-total to 3.

        Right now, I’m feeding organic spring mix as that is what I have always fed Gus; with 3 chompers chomping – it adds up quick. 

        Do you personally think non-organic veggies are fine? I’ve read that there are mixed studies in terms of humans, but rabbits are a smidge different.

        Also, any advice on generally cutting veggie costs are super welcome and furthermore wanted!

         

        Thanks,

        Rae 🙂


      • DanaNM
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          It is definitely fine to feed non-organic veggies! I think the nutritional benefits of feeding a variety of greens outweighs any minimal benefit from organic veg. For me this falls in the “do what you can but don’t stress too much category”.  In the summer when I have my garden growing and I can go to the farmers market, the buns get lots of organic stuff. When the pickings are slim in the winter, they get conventional. They don’t really seem to mind either way and I haven’t noticed any changes in their health.

          Fun tip, you can easily grow your own spring mix on a windowsill using the container you buy spring mix in. You just poke some drain holes in the container, add an inch or two of potting soil, and sprinkle lettuce mix seeds on top. Place in a sunny spot and in a few weeks you will have spring mix that you can cut and it will grow back.  It would be hard to grow enough to feed multiple buns this way, but it is fun to do!

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        • Bam
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            I dont feed organic greens during winter. I dont feed much greens during winter tbh, since buns should eat mostly hay. This time of year they get more though, because I forage for them and grow leafy vegs. I dry lots of weeds and grass for them for use during the winter. I have a fruit-and- mushroom dehydrator, nothing fancy, just the simple, inexoensive kind, because I pick lots of mushrooms in the fall. Its great for drying bunny greens on. One year I bought several kilos of fennel bulb because for some reason it was very cheap, I cut the bulbs up in thin slices and dried them and used them as treats all winter.

            Herbs and “thin” greens like dandelion, goutweed, willow leaves etc etc can be dried without a dehydrator if you spread them out thinly on a towel on a table. Just make sure the table is out of bunny reach 😄

             


          • LBJ10
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              Conventional is fine. If you want organic, it may be cheaper at a farmers market.

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