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When you have just one rabbit family........

 
 
Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 07:17 pm
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"When you have just one rabbit family, it's kind of neat and you don't mind if they eat some of the beans. But all of a sudden you have 10 rabbit families and there's no beans left for you. Then they become pests rather than valuable parts of the backyard ecosystem," says Ed Langenau, a game specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.*

RABBITS: Hinder is a growing-season repellent for rabbits and deer. A mixture of ammonia and a fatty acid soap, it may be sprayed on plants including vegetables and fruits. It has two drawbacks: Hinder must be reapplied every week or two to be effective on new plant growth; and it washes off with rain. Other repellents are generally more expensive and have the same drawbacks.

Some seed companies offer small electric fences for home gardens. These are effective but the initial cost, about $50, may be a drawback. The space under the electric fence must be kept free of vegetation. The fence produces a mild shock to anything, including people and pets, that touches it.

A non-electric, rabbit-proof fence should have mesh no larger than one inch to keep out babies. Dudderar suggests buying a 4-foot width and bending out or burying the lower 6 to 12 inches. Metal or plastic wire must be thick so rabbits can't chew through it.



*why wait till then I say?
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 07:25 pm
Apparently those cute cottontails are chewing there way through Henry Ford's Dearborn Estate gardens. They have formed a strategic 'Alliance of the Hilling' with woodchucks to wreck havoc on the estate's edibles. Ungrateful wretches, what did Henry Ford ever do to them, but make the highways of America just a little less safe for small furry animals to cross?

Hasta la vista Bunny
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pueo
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 07:29 pm
why waste electricity? i used to amuse myself by picking the lil' buggers off with a .22.
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 08:14 pm
pueo - you must be bored with living, or a fan of extreme sport - you're on your own now.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 08:18 pm
icy ignore...
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pueo
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 10:00 pm
ignoring the icy ignore.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 10:53 pm
No, you didn't...
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pueo
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 10:57 pm
did too! Razz
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:26 pm
didn't... sucked in...
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bobsmyth
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:34 pm
This is certainly a childish dissertation.
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pueo
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:37 pm
it's the bunnies fault.
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bobsmyth
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:49 pm
A hare raising experience.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:52 pm
Is not!
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bobsmyth
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:56 pm
Wascally wabbit you sound better. Are you on the mend?
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:58 pm
bobsmyth wrote:
This is certainly a childish dissertation.


Is NOT, you big poop!
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bobsmyth
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2003 11:59 pm
I'm not that big.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 May, 2003 12:00 am
Bobsmyth - sometimes it seems so - sometimes not - sick of sleeping all the time, though - so I am inhabiting here a little more again.
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bobsmyth
 
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Reply Thu 29 May, 2003 12:05 am
I hope you're returning to form. We miss your usual combative self. But don't let anyone else know I said that.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 May, 2003 12:06 am
(LOL!)


Snap!
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Thu 29 May, 2003 12:08 am
I'm telling.
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