Planted eight cauliflower plants a week ago for a fall crop. The
rabbits have sampled the leaves on every plant and have one down to
nothing but a bare stem. Sad part is: I just can't fence off every bed
in my yard. I plan to sow turnip seeds in this same bed in a couple of
weeks. I'm just wondering if the pesky rabbits will destroy them also?
Does anyone have a list of veggies that rabbits won't bother? I had
plans to use this same bed next season for zucchini and straight neck
Rich from PA
General rule: If it's leafy and green, you must find a way to protect
it from rabbits (I grow my chard in a little fenced yard of chicken wire
- no problems). Outside of leafy and green, I have had no problem from
the rabbits, but watch for posts from others on this topic - you may
find out a lot. IME, rabbits are the biggest probem with flowers, not
Many years ago an elderly lady told me to fill mason jars half full
of water, put on lids and lay on their sides in garden. Seemed to have
detered rabbits back then. No rabbits around here now though, Coyotes
took care of them up here in northern Michigan
Yes what happens is that the sun's rays are focussed by the curvature of the
jar and reflected off the water, and it zaps the rabbits, sends them away
screaming. Works every time. You can use smaller jars, such as glass
mustard pots, to get rid of mice. It also does hares in the same way. If
you leave in some mustard you get jugged hare. Be sure to wear protective
equipment when mowing though in case you forget how many jars you put out.
Got me thinking about this. I'd guess the water on its side acts like
a prism. Slight movement and the light flashes sightly . The effect
would sort of mimic the glint of a predatory hawks eye glint.
Soft of a home made deterrent that is based on fear.
From above URL "spinning aluminum pie pans and glass jars of water
have been used to frighten rabbits"
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
What use one more wake up call?
Is it really not be possible to circle your plants or small beds with a
ring of chicken wire? 18" tall would suffice.
Turnips, cauliflower: no difference to rabbits. A brassica is a brassica.
As for squash, expect to see large plants with no fruit, as the rabbits
will eat the flowers / flower buds.
Last year when the little bunny breached my fence, the kohlrabi and
the squash blossoms were the main victims. Rabbits like a nice
chunk of apple even better, though, so I was able to trap it. (Trying
to chase it out the gate with the assistence of my daughter was an act
of farce.) I reinforced the fence where it had managed to squeeze
through so no repeats this year.
Pat in Plymouth MI
"Vegetables are like bombs packed tight with all kinds of important
they must not be hungry or don't like their owners.
i have one and he just brought one home last night and brings "something"
very very regularly and leaves it on the back patio.
Beams with pride for a little while, then eats it.
The grankids(boys) thinks it cool
Sadly you cannot train a cat that some prey is acceptable and others are
not, so they end up killing birds, reptiles and mammals that may warrant
preserving. While I quite like cats I will not have them where they can
prey on wildlife indiscriminately. OTOH a good dog can be taught to deal
with the bunnies and other pests and leave the others alone. And they tend
to eat in field which keeps the gore off the patio.
On Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:13:30 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
It's the rare domestic cat that will go after rabbits, and they first
need to catch one and that is a near impossibility that a cat can out
run a rabbit. The domestic cat preys on mice, moles, frogs, and small
birds... they are not about to take on anything larger like crows,
geese and such.
Cats do tend to take only smaller animals and birds. In some places domestic
and feral cats have contributed to driving such natives towards being
endangered or extinct. I haven't owned a cat that hunted rabbits but I have
been told of cases where they hunt kits by surprise attack near the burrow
rather than running down adults which does seem unlikely.
I guess they're all different; mine only ever brought me baby bunnies, and
he always kept them alive. He also didn't seem to mind my taking his toy
away too much.
Vegetables can be effective weapons against rabbits. Had a family friend
whose garden was always getting eaten up by them, one day out in the garden
he picked up a turnip and knocked one stone dead. I didn't know whether to
laugh or cry.
Where do peeps come up with such claptrap... no way is a human or a
cat gonna sneak up on a rabbit... they're one of the few critters that
rarely even becomes roadkill. A rabbit can cover ten times the
distance and at twice the rate of speed as a cat.
I see rabbits dashing about here nearly every day, those suckers can
hear you coming from a long way off and be gone like a flash... just
Your rabbits seem especially skittish. I can easily get within a turnip's
throw of one on any day. We're overrun with them here, you see. They live
under a shed 25' away from the back door, under the HVAC unit, they even
made a nest in the planter by the front door last year, I went ahead &
planted my Coleus in it and have walked right past the nursing mother a
couple times. They come up on our patio often and a few times have even
stood upright and looked right through the screen door at us. Whenever I mow
I'm afraid of running them over because they don't run until I'm almost
right on top of them.
How they behave might depend on whether they think you can see them or not.
But I agree, without some special circumstances I don't think a cat could
catch a rabbit running. They are not immune from projectiles though,
especially in the hands of someone experienced with moving targets :-)
i've seen them stand up and look at their
reflection in my car, but so far they have
not tried to hump it so i guess it's ok.
certainly. they freeze even when they are right
out in the open and they can clearly see me and
i can see them.
cats get them here from time to time, and the hawks,
too, but we don't have enough around to keep
i would be so happy if we had a good control
for deer, rabbits, raccoons and oppossum...
coyotes and fox don't do enough. i keep wanting
the wolves back.
yep, i remember going to get in the backseat
of a friends car and on the floor was the bottom
half of a bunny that the cat had dragged in. it
was well known for many other creature hunts
too. later in life it was funny to see it sitting on
the floor of the living room with nine birds
flitting around the room and bouncing on the
floor and it would just sit there and look at
them. never went after them...
"look what the cat dragged in" is not an
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