Here at Laughing Crow,we raise Angora rabbits for their delightfully scrumptious wool. But guess what else we can't get enough of? You guessed it -- their poop.
Time and time again, rabbits have proven themselves an ideal livestock for small farms. They require very little space, only basic equipment, are easy to care for, and have so much to offer in return. Even suburban and urban homesteaders find small-scale rabbit keeping an easy endeavor.
Rabbit raising requires little financial resources and most specialized equipment is unnecessary. They can provide meat and fiber (wool) as well as companionship or keep you in the show ring (yeah, rabbit shows are kind of a big deal). But one of the most valuable by-products that this small livestock supplies is top-of-the-line manure for your garden and compost piles. It’s also an excellent medium for raising fishing worms!
In my opinion, there’s literally no manure better for the garden than rabbit poop and they have a distinct advantage over other animal manures. Manures such as horse, pig, cow, and chicken require many months to compost properly until they can be added to the garden bed; rabbit poop is the only manure that can be added directly to the garden without fear of burning your plants.
As far as how the manure is applied, there are two different schools of thought on this:
1. Some gardeners apply the poop-pellets directly to the soil next to the plants and swear by this system.
2. Others are more cautious about potential pathogens and prefer to add it to the compost heap to break down completely before using it. This is especially important if you're adding it to food plants such as tomatoes.