How to Make Compost From Rabbit Manure


Rabbit manure is simple to compost and full of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are important to healthy plant and fruit development. Rabbit manure may also be composted safely in worm composting bins; it is not a "hot" manure (has lower concentration of urea). Organic material added to rabbit manure makes the end compost more nutrient rich. Rabbit manure composted by itself takes approximately 30 days to break down. Adding other organic material to rabbit manure or if the rabbit manure contains bedding will take longer to decompose, about 60 to 90 days.

Step 1

Collect rabbit manure from your own rabbits or from a friend's. Use a shovel to fill a wheelbarrow, if you are collecting your own or a bucket if you are collecting it from elsewhere. You need at least 5 gallons of manure to start composting.

Step 2

Empty the wheelbarrow or bucket into your compost bin. Place small amounts of manure into a worm compost bin, if you are using one.

Step 3

Add straw, grass clippings and leaves to the compost bin. Mix the rabbit manure and organic material in the compost bin with a shovel, turning the compost so that newer matter goes to the bottom to speed up the decomposition process.

Step 4

Turn the compost every two days. Add water when the compost appears dry--enough to to maintain a moist environment to encourage microbes to breakdown organic matter.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Compost bin
  • Rabbit manure
  • Straw
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves


  • Manure Matters
  • USA Gardener
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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.