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Using Rabbit Droppings in Your Garden

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Fertilizer for your garden can be quite expensive. Many farmers “recylce” by using cow manure. But did you know that rabbit droppings are one of the best fertilizers for your garden?

Rabbit Dropping Content

Nitorgen is a very common component of a good fertilizer. Of all animal wastes, rabbit droppings have the highest nitrogen content. Chicken waste is a close second. Rabbit droppings also contain phosphorus which is important for flowers and fruit trees.

Many manures must first be composted before they can be applied to your garden. Should you fail to compost them first, you risk buring your plants. Rabbit droppings do not have to be composted they can be applied directly to your garden.

I remember growing up and occasionally being around a garden that used cow manure. The smell wasn’t all that pleasant. In fact at times it could make you fell rather nauseous. Rabbit droppings have the distinct advantage of being almost orderless. The smell you typically get from raising rabbits is related to their urine.

Most manures are soft and break down very quickly. Rabbit manure is very unique, as it is solid, and comes in small round droppings a little larger than a b.b. pellet. They are almost like a time release capsule, and perfect for your garden.

Droppings Straight to Your Garden

There are several options for using the manure in a garden. Some rabbit raisers will have worm beds beneath their cages instead of dropping pans. This is believed to be the most effective way to use the droppings. If you’re like us, we really don’t need the responsibility of taking care of a worm bed, so we use our dropping trays without any type of wood shavings or other litter.

Dropping trays that use wood shavings can still be applied to gardens, but the result is not quite as effective as plain droppings. The wood shavings do assist in keeping odors down in the summer, so we tend to use the shavings in the summer but not in the winter.


Regardless of how you do it, rabbit droppings make a great fertilizer. Try it next spring and see how beautiful your garden looks.