[Homestead] Rabbit math
lurine at softcom.net
Thu Jun 29 16:57:47 EDT 2006
Here's a list of no-no's for rabbits from one of the rabbit groups:
However, the short answer is that if it has prunus in the name, and that
includes a whole bunch of fruits called stone fruits (peach, plum, almond,
apricot, cherry), don't feed them to livestock or pets. The list includes:
prunus avium (sweet cherry), prunus serotina (black cherry), prunus
armeniaca (apricot), prunus persica (peach) prunus salicina (Japanese plum),
prunus pensylvanica (Pin cherry), prunus virginiana L (choke cherry), prunus
laurocerasus (cherry laurel), prunus cerasus (sour cherry), and the list
goes on. They are all cyanide producers.
The long answer:
The toxic principle: cyanogenic glycosides or cyanogens (amygdalin,
prunasin, dhurrin, linamarin).
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is formed when the blycosides are hydrolyzed by
enzymes in plants or by rumen microorganisms (which is why they are very
toxic to rumanents).
The glycosides occur in vacuoles in plant tissue while the enzymes are found
in the cytosol.
So, the plant gets "damaged" in any way, wilt, stomped on, bark ripped off
by eager rabbit teeth, etc., and the enzymes and glycodies get together and
hydrogen cyanide is formed.
When we found DB (Dumb Bunny) dead in the free roaming area, the vet did a
gut content on her and she was loaded with cyanide. There was a twig from
an old stump from the prior owner, that was chewed to the ground. We took
it in and it was an old Sour Cherry tree sucker.
----- Original Message -----
From: "VAN DELL JORDAN" <vdjor at yahoo.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Rabbit math
> What is it about Cherry?
> Van Dell
> --- Bevanron <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> Lynda wrote:
>> > Word of warning. Don't use cherry tree prunings.
>> We also had a "yard" we
>> > let the does out in and a cherry tree sucker came
>> up in it and one of them
>> > chewed on it. Dead rabbit the next morning.
>> > Lynda
>> Right, right, right...cherry is off limits for
>> almost everything..I
>> should have said that.
>> erthnsky at bellsouth.net BevanRon of EarthNSky Farm NW
>> Georgia USDA Zone 7
>> 34.498N 85.076W
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