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Forum HABITATS AND TOYS Sunflower Stalk Toys?

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    • MooseMouse
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      Hey all

      I noticed at the pet store today they were selling Dried Sunflower Stalks on a rope for bunnies.

      I have sunflowers growing in my garden and was thinking hey! Free toys!

      Has anyone tried dried sunflower toys or I guess even fresh sunflower stalks with their buns? Or tried drying them yourself?


    • DanaNM
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      I’m sorry no one responded to this! I haven’t tried this myself but sunflower stalks are safe for bunnies!

      Did you end up trying it out?

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      • MooseMouse
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        Not yet! my sunflowers are still growing haha the heatwave has made my dwarf sunflowers at least 6 feet tall now!  I am definitely going to try it though I still need to research how to dry them properly it should be fun


    • DanaNM
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      Now I’m wondering if I can get my hands on some organic sunflowers for my buns. I think the farm we get our produce from grows them, maybe when they cut the flowers they could give us extra stalks? Hmmmmm

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    • Bam
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      Whatever you dry, it should be completely dry when you package it. Its a good idea to check (feel with your fingers) the dried goods for moisture a day our so after you’ve put it in bags or jars, because residual moisture will give mold and bacteria the chance to thrive. Thicker stems will dry better and more quickly  if you cleave them.

      The best thing is to use a fruit-or mushroom dryer (for drying leaves herbs stems and flower petals etc you  dont need a fancy pricey dryer). Normal oven on a low setting also works well, but keep in mind that keeping the oven hatch slightly ajar during the drying process might damage the oven.

      If you have the space in your home you can dry plants by hanging them up and just waiting, unless you live in a place where ambient humidity is very high.

       


      • Wick & Fable
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        My rabbit knowledge has grown, learning that there are fruit- and mushroom-specific food dryers.

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    • DanaNM
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      Oohhh my husband bought a food dehydrator for drying seaweed samples (during the pandemic when he couldn’t access his lab)… I could use it for drying things for the buns!

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Forum HABITATS AND TOYS Sunflower Stalk Toys?