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I know that rabbits eat their droppings (cecotropes) and I have heard of feeding rabbit droppings to pigs. Rabbits are vegetarians. There droppings do not have the same consistency or negative secondary factors as carnivores or omnivores (i.e. people, dogs, cats, etc). In essence rabbit poop is partially digested plant material.

In a survival situation, finding and catching rabbits can be done, but it's not easy. Finding and picking up rabbit droppings, would be a lot easier.

Can a person safely eat rabbit droppings? If yes is there any nutritional value in it?

Note: this question is only about the fecal droppings NOT the cecotropes. Cecotropes are NOT easy to find.

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    Nesquik would be better. Rabbits, as with many wild animals, can have tapeworms and roundworm, which would be nasty. – Aravona Sep 26 '18 at 9:06
  • I very much enjoy all this survival stuff, but parasites or not, I don't think I would be willing to do this. I think I would rather eat random plants and hope they helped. – Loduwijk Sep 28 '18 at 4:44
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    @Aaron The decisions you think you would make in a difficult situation, are not always the ones you ultimately make when you truly encounter those situations. The more you know when you get there the better actual decision you will be able to make. – James Jenkins Sep 28 '18 at 9:59
  • Keep in mind: The rabbit droppings you easily find are the wrong ones. – cbeleites Sep 28 '18 at 13:43
  • @cbeleites if you are suggesting finding and eating cecotropes, that is really not an option. The only time they touch the ground is if something is wrong. The generally go from anus to mouth directly. cecotropes on the ground indicate a problem, and you would not want to eat them if you found them. The only other source is from a live or recently dead healthy rabbit. In this survival situation you would probably eat the rabbit not the cecotropes. – James Jenkins Sep 28 '18 at 14:18
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There is one story of someone doing this,

You see rabbits are animals that chew their cud. Unlike ruminant animals-cows-they don't have divisions or multiple stomachs. You see, a rabbit on first pass excretes little balls of hi-energy, vegan wrapped enzymes. The rabbit, a few hours or days later, returns and eats round one, and on second pass thru the stomach it becomes poop. Rabbits eat their round one veggie balls and/or their neighbours. Rabbits are highly communal animals. Anyhow, with the aid of his trained eye, Grandpa and I collected and added these rabbit poops to our soup mix, one of the most enzyme rich foods known to man.

Quick and Easy One Pot Rabbit Poop Soup

And supposedly rabbit poop cures hangovers, see here and here.

On the other hand rabbits can get worms,

Rabbits consuming fresh grass or greens might consume tapeworm eggs. Obeliscoides cuniculi, a stomach worm, causes appetite and weight loss if your rabbit carries a lot of them. Pinworms (Passalurus abiguus) are among the most common worms infecting bunnies. Rabbits might also pick up roundworms, or ascarids. Wild rabbits are prone to additional types of worms, but these rarely affect domestic bunnies.

Source

So it really doesn't seem like a good idea.

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    If I was browsing on forage, wouldn't I also be at risk of consuming all of these parasites directly? – James Jenkins Sep 27 '18 at 8:45
  • @JamesJenkins Maybe, but I would guess that the parasites would be larger and more numerous in the rabbit feces. I've never noticed worms before a pet ingests them, but they are much more noticeable after. Even if not noticeable, this would still be my guess. – Loduwijk Sep 28 '18 at 4:42
  • @JamesJenkins: surely you'd browse for a rather specific subset of forage? I mean, not grasses but maybe only their seeds, and particular green plants (the so-called edible ones). – cbeleites Sep 28 '18 at 14:38

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