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Rabbits inside dog's yard
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Catherine    Posted 04-16-2004 at 05:51:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why! Why do we have a rabbit nest of wild bunnies inside our dog's fenced in yard! We live on 12 acres with woods and meadow. There are acres of places outside the yard for the mother to have chosen! Our dog is mostly an inside dog and yesterday morning when we took her out there was a brand new nest of newborn rabbits! We aren't willing to just let Hannah dispatch the babies, besides the humane part, Hannah is old and we don't want her sick from the bunnies. Can't the mother smell the dog? It has to be a strong odor for any animals. We've lived here several years and the same thing happens each year.

Alias    Posted 04-16-2004 at 08:03:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
The last job I worked on before retirement was in Cambridge, Md. There was a particular resturant where I liked to take my evening meal. One day as I went into the place, I notices a Mallard Duck sitting on a nest in one of the Bricked, raised planters in front of the building. I called the owner out and she was amased to see her new boarders. Within a couple of weeks, the eggs hatched and only a couple of days later I was on hand when the moma led her ducklings in single file across the parking lot toward the water.
Now, the way I have it figured, that duck and your rabbit knew in advance where their young would be safe from preditors. And, that goverened where they chose to make their nest......gfp

deadcarp    Posted 04-16-2004 at 07:26:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes critters do funny things catherine - our cat was sleeping cat on my jacket one morning this spring, so i moved her. Went to pull the jacket on, and there was something fuzzy in one sleeve. I thought it was just inverted cloth so kept going. Here when i shoved my arm thru, there was a mouse riding on my hand! Apparently he'd thought the cat was warm too.
We're dealing with 2 critters here - maybe it's time to consider the motives of the mama rabbit. And something from her past experience caused her to choose that spot. :)

Clipper    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:36:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a case of country rabbits wanting to be city folks....I think. :^)

P.S.:Rabbits is good eatin :^)

Salmoneye    Posted 04-16-2004 at 05:56:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I must have missed this part:

"Hannah is old and we don't want her sick from the bunnies"

How exactly will a rabbit make a dog sick?

If this happens every year, how have you dealt with it in the past?

Catherine    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:41:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hannah has Cushing’s Disease, she’s on chemo therapy and we have to be very careful about her diet or she vomits. In the past, we’ve put a temporary fence around the nest with an opening to the fence, which we did yesterday, again. Tonight, we will continue our attempts to made the rest of the yard more rabbit proof and I’ll pick up some repellant to spray around the fence.
Don’t rabbits have a sense of smell? If they don’t, then the repellant won’t do me any good. Why do they like the yard?

Ahh...    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:50:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I at least understand the situation a tad better...

I have no idea why the Mama likes your yard so, but there has to be a reason in her little mind...It may just be the soil or where the burrow is...

I don't know what to tell you other than remove the rabbits or live with them till they leave on their own...

Wish I could be more encouraging, but nature is still just that...

Aprille    Posted 04-16-2004 at 05:55:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hmm..I have absolutely NO experience with this but mayhap Mommybunny sees the fence as a safe haven for the babes..they make li' burrows and stuff so maybe she is planning ahead?

Somebody... Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:53:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
....reviving an old Bunny Key club?
I was to young for the first one!
Fernan lol

Grove r    Posted 04-16-2004 at 07:45:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's called 'preservation by association', the smell of the dog will keep other predaters away, by overpowering her own smell, and the bunny knows the dog is of no immediate threat.... this happens quite frequently in the wild. We have had a doe that drops her fawn no more than a hundred feet from the house, and has done for quite a few years....a place she knows coyotes don't spend any time....she even leaves it there while she goes out to feed.....and we have dogs .... R.E.L.

Catherine    Posted 04-16-2004 at 08:12:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
'preservation by association'
I like this, it sounds like as good a reason as any we've come up.

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