What is an acceptable way of getting rid of rabbits from a residential
lot bordering a cornfield and a "mini-zoo"?
When we saw them running around our yard, they seemed cute at first. Now
we find they are burrowing under our shed, which I has a slight list --
but I don't know whether that is the result of the burrowing or whether
it has always been that way without my noticing before.
Back on the farm in UK many decades ago, my father used two approaches:
(a) A commercially available (at that time) product, "Cymag," containing
a significant percentage of sodium cyanide (in 7lb cans!). Plug up all
the holes but one, dump in some of this stuff, then plug the last hole.
It reacted with the moisture in the soil to generate hydrogen cyanide
gas, which made short work of the furry little darlings. Somehow I
cannot imagine this being readily available in my local garden store
(and it was banned in the EU with effect from the end of 2004).
(b) A ferret with a collar and leash. I'm not so sure about that one
either. Hungry ferret disappeared down the hole. Unhungry ferret emerged
My father had a double-12 shot gun too, but he didn't waste it on rabbits.
What is a socially acceptable remedy in this enlightened age?
Shame to waste! Rabbit pie? Because if you want edible that rules out
However if the rabbit is inedible; the rabbit skins can still be cured
by application of salt then washed and oiled and are useful for people
who do 'handicrafts'; a nice pair of rabbit skin winter gloves for
Suggest: Strategically placed Wire 'slips' i.e. loops that lasso the
Stainless or brass 'Rabbit wire' used to be available at most hardware
BTW: Who says we are enlightened when we pollute and throw chemicals
at every perceived problem that comes along? For example someone
wanted to insect spray for wasps and bees! Wasps help control insects
populations, such mosquitoes, which can carry Nile virus/malaria etc.
and bees pollinate our food crops!
On Sat, 09 Aug 2008 15:10:55 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Most dogs will be happy to break a rabbits neck. There are many
repellant that can be used (dried blood) or you can use rabbit
fencing. Encourage hawks and owls to your area. Cyanide compounds
may poison rabbit predators.
Instead of Sodium Cyanide, we used Calcium carbide. When wet, it generates
acetylene (the little rocks used to be used in miner's lamps). Anyway, block
the holes as before, throw in some pellets, add water, cover remaining hole.
If you like, after a couple of minutes, toss in match and watch the BOOM!
geez everyone wants to kill animals.
havahart trap catch and release bunnies a few miles away.
do fix your tilting shed, they only burrow where the digging is easy,
unlikely under shed pilings, mre likely under shed floor.
spread some dried blood around, available from store, that discourages
everyone should try to live with nature rather than control it
I <like> my rabbits. Nice and quiet, and fun to watch. I'm a city boy,
when 2 of them keep mock-charging each other, are they disputing turf or
courting? Sometimes, at dawn, when the subdivision is quiet, I even see
them in the front yard when I leave for work, munching the little white
flowers from the grass where it hasn't been mowed. I have a good
brush'n'bramble pile filled with last year's leaves in one corner of the
back fenceline, so they have plenty of places to hide from predators.
And the will-never-be-used partially wooded back 40 of the graveyard is
right past the fence, so plenty of space to burrow to their heart's
content. (My shed is on a slab, so no worries there.) Also get turkey,
racoons, lots of birds, and the deer have finally figured out how to
walk around the fence the graveyard put up. And squirrels, too, of
course. I don't use chemicals, or have a dog, so the back yard doesn't
smell or taste funny to all the little furry things.
Of course, I don't have a vegetable garden, so YMMV.
If it was less than several miles, it was probably the same 2 raccoons 4
times. They are good navigators. Most places, moving them without a
license is now illegal. Well-sealed trash cans, not feeding pets
outside, and not having low-hanging bird feeders, is usually enough to
get them to go away, other than when tasty things are in the garden.
Free Food is what guides them. Of course, a safe, warm, and dry place to
sleep is also attractive, but if no food is around, they will probably
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