Originally Posted by wolftracks
Originally Posted by dewey
Have you checked into duck weed? Also, swiss chard & bok choy have some of the highest protein amounts with good amounts of calcium (have to watch calcium intake) and are easy to grow if you have a protected area outdoors or in. Some cheap roll plastic can make a nice mini lean-to greenhouse to get things started if it's too cold where you're at. There's lots of winter veggies. What growing zone are you in or sunset zone?
Alfalfa bales will last longer than pellets but the buns may get really lean (and everything that can go along with that) on just mostly hay unless great care is taken to be sure they're getting a balanced diet. There's some good info out there on raising your own rabbit food, but it takes quite a bit and I wouldn't be able to keep up with the their needs.
I've been planning some type of green house project. I won't have a lot of space, but I figure anything extra will help.
ummmm I love bok Choy, so that's going to have to go in there for both me and the bunnies. Kind of hoping if it's enclosed I can get beans or peas growing for the chickens and quail too. I'm sure they'll like the bok choy as well. My green house is basically going to be covered raised beds. Best I can do right now. Also some buckets that I can hang for extra planting area. I'll also be growing sprouts this year again for the chickens. Can the rabbits eat those also? I give fruit and veggie treats, but mainly pellets and timothy hay.
I'm in the California Central Valley. I've always known my zone, but I'm working on half a brain right now. It will either come to me or I'll look it up.
I'm also trying to find something that will climb and produce outside of the chicken runs. Not sure what that would be, but I'm looking.
Besides the hay I should have also planted BOSS. Like I said, I'm working with half a brain and the past year has been traumatic to say the least, but I'm trying to get myself together and do something that progressive and hopefully can save a little money.
I wonder with our winds and rain in the winter, if it would be senseless to try and grow any type of hay in an enclosure.
I have small rabbits, Lionheads. They have been outside all summer under the porch roof, but I want to build an area away from the house that will keep them dry and warm enough. To do that I need to suppliment the food source. I have to do this, just to prove to myself that I can. I figure if I can do it that maybe it will help someone else down the line.
I'm really sorry that you've had a difficult year. I hope things get much better for you.
In raised beds especially, row covers or the like are pretty easy and can be like mini green houses. Even cut plastic bottles over the seedlings can make the difference.
I hear ya on functioning on half a brain. My work takes me to CA on occasion...wish I could help you. I can bring the labor help.
Are your raised beds in place already? If not, and if you have to haul in garden soil anyway, planting directly into 3cf rectangular bags of garden soil (not mulch or topsoil) is quick & easy and they're very easy to cover, plus they act like raised beds in regards to the soil keeping warmer. That works GREAT. Now might be a good time to find those on sale, too. The red & white striped bags of garden soil. I can post a pic of the type if you need it...carried by most lowes, etc.
Square foot gardening is also easy when planting directly into the bags. Just poke holes in the bottom of the bags for drainage & in the top where the seeds are to be planted. I've done this when pressed for space and/or the labor needed for new raised beds. Buckets, 2 liter bottles, anything really that can hold soil is good.
Although a lot of books & sites will say differently, most veggies can be grown in 6-8 inches of soil max. Your county extension office might have some good info on winter veggies for your region, or a local garden group. I know balmy air can be a challenge.
Pellets are complete and I don't know how to balance their diet otherwise (I raise meat rabbits for max production). Hopefully others will chime in on what works for them. Years ago we fed rabbits some pellets and lots of veggies, plus salt licks. Years before that it was alfalfa, some veggies, and salt licks.
I'm sure all that you learn and do will be of great help to others down the road.