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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2006, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Safe trees?

Does anyone know of a list of safe trees to give to rabbits? my in-laws have a huge cotton wood tree in there back yard that they have been triming. they also have a apricot tree and i think a sycamore but im not for sure on the sycamore.
anyone know if these are rabbit safe?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2006, 06:54 PM
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this is all i could find right now..

Chewing wood: For pure chewing enjoyment and immense pleasure, there's nothing better than a nice piece of soft wood to gnaw on...for some rabbits. Many of my rabbits aren't the least bit interested in a piece of plain old wood and many never gnaw. But most do love a good piece of apple tree twig and will gnaw the bark from the twig as though it were a delicious treat. (Caution: Not to be fed are branches from apricot, cherry, peach, plum and redwood trees, listed as toxic by poison centers.)
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Thanks! apricot trees a nono for sure
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2006, 10:17 AM
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I've actually been wondering the same thing myself since I have trees all around my house.

I found this on the House Rabbit Society site:
Untreated wood, twigs and logs that have been aged for at least 3 months. Apple tree branches can be eaten fresh off the tree. Stay away from: cherry, peach, apricot, plum and redwood, which are all poisonous.
http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/toys.html
It says almost the same thing Purplebumble said, but I thought the "aged for at least 3 months" part might be an important addition.

Also, I found a site that sells wood for rabbits to chew, and it all seems to be made from apple trees.

So, I guess we've narrowed it down to at least one kind of tree.... maybe someone else can suggest some more.
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yea, i noticed that too about alot of them being apple, sadly i dont know of any apple trees around here, back home in wisconsin my mom has 2 of them, maybe i can talk her into shipping us some
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