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Feeding horseweed to meat rabbits

 
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Hello,

Is horseweed safe to feed meat rabbits?

I’m trying to learn about feeding naturally growing “weed” to my meat rabbits. I know not all weeds are safe.
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I don't know exactly, but I mow it with the rest of the weeds and make hay or green chop out of it.  We feed that to our rabbits, chickens, pigs ,goats and steer.  I have never noticed any one of them not eating it.  I don't know of any toxins in it.
 
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Welcome to Permies, Sid!
I don't have domestic rabbits, but when I searched "horseweed" on my computer, there seemed to be several different plants with quite different botanical names and none of them looked like you picture. Do you happen to know its botanical name, and if not, maybe you can post a few more pictures so we can make sure we're all talking about the same plant?

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Botanical name “Erigeron canadensis”
(According to an app I have that tells you what a plant is based on pics, which is accurate…most of the time)
I’ve actually eaten it myself, it has a complex peppery flavor which I like and put in salads to give them a little kick.
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Around here it could be goldenrod too.  I mow both in hay and have never had a problem.  Jay here are 2 variants from our Monsanto friends that come in the seed from my neighbor farmer.  I was curious after you asked me about that.  There is not as much of it here as usual.

Sid I would start them out slow with just a couple leaves and see if they like it.  The ones I took a picture of both have different flavors.
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Christopher Shepherd wrote:

Around here it could be goldenrod too.  I mow both in hay and have never had a problem.  Jay here are 2 variants from our Monsanto friends that come in the seed from my neighbor farmer.  I was curious after you asked me about that.  There is not as much of it here as usual.

I always worry when people are talking about feeding something to people or animals that we're *sure* we're talking about the same plant! There may even be differences between a "domestic variety" and a wild cousin.

For example, "Day Lilly" buds are great in stir fries, so long as they're the old varieties (Hemerocallis fulva). You get into some of the fancy "modern" varieties, and there's no guarantee they'll taste right. (Mind you,  the local deer don't seem to differentiate, but then they'll eat potato leaves so I don't trust their taste buds!)

However, your suggestion of starting with a small quantity is also always a good approach.
 
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