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So a pheasant, squirrels, hedgehogs and occasionally foxes come to our garden and at night I can hear an owl. However, we now have rabbits... grr!!
I have cloche'd all my veg or put chicken wire around it but the rabbit droppings and 3 young children don't mix.
Is there a way to deter them? Or a way to attract something that will eat them Thanks!
Depending on the size of your garden, rabbit proofing the perimeter would probably be the best way to go..............but you need to sink the fencing 18" or so to make it effective
There are Falconry groups who may well be happy to use your garden to train their birds but I suppose you would be very lucky to find one near you.
Other posters will have some ideas/advice so don't despair just yet
Thank you... unfortunately I love the other wildlife and don't mind it they come 'occasionally' but the whole family is here now including tiny ones ! ARGH!
The garden is 150ft+ so I fear that it would be cheaper to move house hahah! Little blighters.... I am considering buying a Falcon to get them! Grr!!
A good rabbit proof fence would be your first line of defence, one were the chicken wire is buried under ground and then turned outward to stop them burrowing under.
A terrier would be another good choice if you like dogs. You don't mention mice, now they don't like onions and garlic or the smell of FBB so surrounding your plot with either or would in part deter mice although you can't plant onions/garlic each year in the same spot.
Fox's like the smell of FBB and go after rabbits. A sprinkling of FBB would be another good choice, attract a fox to kill the rabbits, unless it's an urban fox which has adapted to eat stuff from bins most will leave your veg alone, I maybe wrong on this latter point though?
Also try planting some stuff which rabbits don't eat, it's my understanding they leave fruit bushes alone and rubarb.
Apart from the fence, I'm trying out some of the above stuff this year on a new allotment for the first time so can't speak from experience. The information was gained from reading books and stuff on the internet, someone else maybe able to offer better advise...
Chicken wire bought in small lengths is expensive but bought in 50m lengths it's alot cheaper. I bought 50m x 1m with 25mm holes for about £40 on line with free P & P in a sale. Posts purchased from a wood merchants are a fraction of the cost of those in GC's. I needed 20, the whole fence around the allotment cost less than £80.
When you consider the fence will be there for a good number of years, it's a good investment in unspoiled veg.
The rabbits on our allotments are so braizen they can be seen running around on the track up the centre of the plots some mornings.
I'm with Zoomer44 on the fencing. We also had rabbit problems but got our whole garden fenced. It cost us about £250 cos we had to get someone into do it because our boundary was quite awkward to get to. We now wave to the rabbits who sit longingly on the OTHER side of our fence
Nicky, you say your garden is 150ft, but how big is your veg patch? Unless you have the whole garden as a veg patch, then just fence the veg patch.
Get a couple of ferrets as pets and let them loose in the garden at night QED!
But Dave, rabbits eat plants and flowers too!
If you live in the country then rabbits are something you live with like all the other wildlife. Rabbit droppings aren't harmful to children, they will only eat them once.
Rabbits have been around since roman times, so fence the veg patch and plant rabbit proof plants. Oh and get a terrier and a cat.
Find someone with a pair of pet rabbits that uses a litter tray.. Take the tray contents spread around perimeter.
I don't think Dave was advocating a diet of Rabbit droppings .....just that once tried, even the greediest child isn't going to come back for more
The best solution is to fence..........you only get a dog if you want a dog.....not to solve a gardening problem.
I agree with you Busy Bee2, in our first year of serious gardening with new hard landscaping and lots of planting we had a lot of trouble with rabbits, they even chewed the bark off our young trees, now two years on we have no real rabbit problems, we do have rabbits under our shed, and there are rabbits all around, but they do not bother us, we do take preventative measures like wire round young shrubs to stop rabbits getting to them until they are established, we even bought a battery operated sensor in the shape of a owl that hoots and it's red eyes flash when it's set off, but just remember plants move in the breeze, our first night couldn't sleep for the thing hooting, had to get up in the wee small hours out into the garden and switch it off... It is confusing to me why we don't have rabbit issues, the only reason i can think off is that there is easier food to be had in surrounding gardens...
Thank you phillipa, I wasn't advocating a new fad diet for children, my boys chewed all sorts of things on the way up, now I can't stop them clearing the fridge as soon as it's half full. Maybe a chocolate coated rabbit dropping or two would discourage them?
My comment re the children was actually aimed at the OP, of course you wouldn't feed your children rabbit droppings LOL
Everybody wants to kill the rabbits Its so sad. And the rats. Fencing to keep them out is the best idea ( in my opinion )