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Growing mushrooms in rabbit litter?

 
Thea Olsen
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I keep rabbits as pets ad fiber producers. They live in the house and use litter boxes. I've noticed that mushrooms seem to pop up frequently pop up in the areas I've mulched with used litter and in the compost heap. It occurred to me that if mushrooms grow so well in rabbit litter, perhaps I should try making a special bed of it and inoculate it with mycelium. I'm new to mushroom culture, so I'm wondering if there are any factors I need to take into consideration. I'm thinking about trying shaggy manes or king stropharia. The litter I use is pelleted sawdust (stove pellets), and in addition to rabbit waste, also contains some spilled hay, and perhaps a bit of fur. Does this sound like it could work?
 
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It's worth a try. You may get better results if you move it indoors, like in a basement where it is warmer and the humidity is higher.
 
david carter
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This sounds like it would work. Be sure to choose a mushroom species that grows in your area as it will fruit much more readily. Another good option besides SRA and Lions main would be Oyster, i recommend it because it is one of the most aggressive fungi and very good for beginners to work with.

I would pasteurize the rabbit littler and then inoculate a basket/bucket/bag with oysters, packing and layering the spawn and littler very tightly.

btw the alfalfa (hay) has a higher nitrogen content and therefore will contaminate quicker if not properly pasteurized.
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