If you are an organic farmer, you can use rabbit urine as an organic fertilizer, or pesticide on your farm. It is a great way to reduce farm expenses since you only need to harvest rabbit urine. You can also make an extra income through selling rabbit urine to other farmers. In this article, I will show you how you can use rabbit urine as an organic fertilizer and pesticide.
How to Collect Rabbit Urine
It is very easy to collect rabbit urine, especially because rabbits urinate at the same place. You just need to place a plastic sheet on the floor of the hutch where the rabbits urinate while slanted. Then direct the urine to a jerry can. Make sure to use a plastic sheet since a metallic one will corrode.
How to Prepare Rabbit Urine before Application
Once you have collected rabbit urine, you need to prepare it before you can apply it. Mix rabbit urine with starch and molasses and then leave it for three weeks. Once it has fermented, you can dilute it with water. Dilute rabbit urine with water in the ratio of 1 liter to 10 liters.
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How to Use Rabbit Urine as Pesticide
After diluting, you can now spray it on your crops. You need to spray it directly to the leaves and the stem of your crops. You can spray it on crops like onions, vegetables, kales and spinach. It helps repel insects and pests like caterpillars, aphids and moths due to its pungent smell.
It is better to use rabbit urine compared to synthetic pesticides to control pests on your farm. Rabbit urine does not kill insects that are beneficial to crops that help in pollination, unlike synthetic pesticides.
How to Use Rabbit Urine as Fertilizer
You can also use rabbit urine as an organic fertilizer through a process called fertigation. You can use the same mixture you have prepared. Apply the rabbit urine mixture at the root zone of the crop. You can apply it using the drip method or manual irrigation.
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Benefits of Using Rabbit Urine as an Organic Fertilizer, or Pesticide
Rabbit urine as an organic fertilizer, or pesticide has the following benefits over the inorganic fertilizers.
- It is environmentally friendly and does not lead to soil and water pollution
- Rabbit urine does not repel beneficial insects that help in pollination
- Rabbit urine is cheap and readily available compared to synthetic fertilizers
- Using rabbit urine is an excellent way of growing organic crops that are not harmful to one's health
Summary of How to Use Rabbit Urine as Fertilizer
If you rear rabbits, you can harvest their urine and use it as an organic fertilizer, or pesticide. You can also make an extra income by selling it to other crop farmers. Rabbit urine as a fertilizer is environmentally friendly, cheaper and is readily available.