Monday, August 22, 2011
Bunnies and Livestock Love Eating Moringa Leaves
The picture above shows are new Angora bunnies, clipped, in their colony pen. They get logs, cardboard, egg carton, and such to play with. They are put into a large cage at night, to keep them safe from feral cats and other wildlife. They have all day to get exercise and play. I decided to go with colony breeding this time around.
We went down to San Diego for a combination birthday, anniversary, his fathers birthday, and more. We had a great time with too much to do in too little time. I love San Diego but the traffic and frantic pace was stressful. It has been a few days since my last blog for that reason. I had no computer access or time while visiting down there. I must say I don't miss much of San Diego except for the family we have there. Even though its greener, the water cost and restrictions make it almost impossible to grow much. We have a water bill of $39.00 for over 8000 gallons of water. There is would be $100 bucks or more. We would also have the water police on our back. So there are advantages to living in the middle of the Nevada desert. Even our electric bill including the use of several fans and a swamp cooler is only $80.00 bucks. That is not bad. The nights are cool here, not hot as in Imperial Valley, Ca or much of Arizona. We have few rules here so I can have chickens and a goat in town. We stop in the middle of town to chat....the few cars that pass just go around you. We have not seen a dog pound truck yet. Life is simple but so is the stress. Our rent here averages $400 a month, so what does yours cost you. Its a nice place to retire and have some peace. This is some of the reason why we are here in this tiny little town of wonderful people. One of the things on the list to do in San Diego, is add to our family here. In our plan to be self-sufficient, is to raise rabbits, chickens, and a milk goat or two. Rabbits ended up the first livestock to add to our homestead here.
I have fallen in love with angora rabbits. I have had rabbits in the past but not Angora rabbits. I raised Lops and New Zealands before. These new ones are young but not little babies. I have not raised rabbits for a few years so felt I should refresh my memory and information. They now stress to feed them dried grass, fresh veggies, and a more nature-based diet, not just pellets.
Since there is no grass in Mina being the desert, I decided to try the bunnies on Moringa leaves. Its heavy in nutrition and I have lots of leaves to share with them. Sure enough they munched them right down. I still give them carrots and hay but the rest is Comfrey and Moringa leaves. This does save money and I dare say will create super-healthy bunnies. Their droppings go right back as fertilizer for the trees and the garden. On top of that, I can sell their wool later on Ebay. You can eat their offspring if you wish as well.
Moringa leaves has been used for animal fodder in the areas that grow the trees. They use them to feed cows and goats. Since I will be getting a milk goat later, they too will get Moringa leaves to enhance their health and milk quality. A milk goats feeding requirements to give great milk, is high quality hay and grain. Junk food equals milk that does not taste good. So for those of you with other livestock, give them Moringa leaves. That would include pets such as rats, mice, ferrets, and other small pets. Give them a small sample first to let their digestive tracks get used to the new greens. I have not tried them on horses but we have friends with both horses and mules, so will try them out. I will let you know how they like them.
Will close for now...have a great week......Kate, the Herbladyisin