Rabbits!

I have two little fluffy bunnies (wild ones) munching their way through my Bruneria, heucheras and possibly my foxgloves and I'm finding it hard to resist the Elmer Fudd urges, bang bang!

Tried covering them and promoting a bit of growth but it just gives them more munching material and the plants are suffering, last year it was Scabious which they used to chew like liquorice sticks and leave the flower heads. Any tips before the lead flies?

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  • Brian 8Brian 8 Posts: 2

    Get a nice pot, and a good recipie.  yum!

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,808

    Depends how big your casserole is - if it's smallish get them now - if it's bigger wait a few weeks - there will be more of them image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,023

    Oh yes, I've been there! The addition of two healthy young cats solved the problem overnight, I have a bunny-free garden and most seem to have moved out of the field next to it, too. It all depends on whether you prefer cats to rabbits, although a Jack Russell might do a similar job.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,730

    we have rabbits, foxes and a resident buzzard: they seem to have established an equilibrium. 

    Devon.
  • We have a hare he sunbathes next to the bbq, i`m starting to get fed up with him now he`s eated all my brooms image

  • mollismollis Posts: 112

    It makes you wonder why you bother! But we always find a way us gardeners ...  Buy a cheap pack of chilli pepper powder, sprinkle on the plants that they seem to like and hopefully, they will sneeze and sneeze and move on to someone elses treasures.  If it rains you have to reapply - worth a try - I am bugged by muntjacs, rabbits and the usual slugs and snails....It's still worth the effort though - I am finding plants the muntjacs don't like image

  • What a brilliant idea! Will buy a catering size pack!!

  • You can blame the Normans for introducing them in the first place!  There's some argument as to whether or not it was the Romans - but there's no real evidence that they used them in the way that the Normans did - i.e. for meat and fur.   It certainly was the Normans who created special rabbit enclosures - "warrens" - and although some rabbits did escape, they didn't last long outside the warren as they were caught and eaten by the peasantry, who were only too glad to find a source of meat.  As far as I know rabbits were one of the few wild creatures which they were allowed to hunt/trap without getting into too much trouble with the local "landlords".

    I'm not sure about when "myxi" was introduced into the UK - it certainly wasn't what you'd call "an issue" when I was a child. I wonder whether it was another deliberate introduction, relatively recently & perhaps from Australia, because the introduction of rabbits there caused a great problem too. Apparently myxi is spread via fleas and passes from one rabbit to another when they are underground in the burrows and come into close contact with one another.  I don't ever remember anyone mentioning myxi in hares and this is probably because their habits are somewhat different and they don't go underground at all.

    Although there have been several myxi outbreaks round here in the past few years, it doesn't seem to be nearly so severe in its effects as was once the case.  Perhaps those rabbits which survived it in the past developed some sort of immunity.  I think it more likely that the survivors were in fact those rabbits which were "outcasts" - in that they spent less time underground in a group than most did.  Their habits have certainly changed, in that years ago I never saw rabbits other than at dawn and dusk. Now I see them in my garden,  in the adjoining lanes,  & on my lawn throughout the day and have come to the conclusion that perhaps this is an inherited trait from those earlier survivors.  Nowadays they're somewhat smaller too - again maybe an inherited trait from the weaker "outcasts".  Perhaps one of the few times when the weakest - rather than the strongest - survived.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,808

    Myxomatosis was introduced into the UK in the early 1950s - as a small child in very rural Bedfordshire I remember our Postlady carrying a mallet in her bicycle basket in order to 'despatch' the myxie rabbits she came across on her delivery round.

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,730

    a rabbit with "myxy" is a truly heartbreaking, pitiful sight.

    Devon.
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