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Old 04-12-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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so say my kids . Yesterday my garden helper discovered a bunny nest in a flower bed. for some reason she decided to take them home instead of leave the nest alone. Today we see adult bunny hopping almost n a panic where the nest was.

is there anything we can do to discourage rabbits from nesting in our flower beds. what with fighting deer full time i don't need to be providing a rabbit nursery. too many nibblers around.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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so say my kids . Yesterday my garden helper discovered a bunny nest in a flower bed. for some reason she decided to take them home instead of leave the nest alone. Today we see adult bunny hopping almost n a panic where the nest was.

is there anything we can do to discourage rabbits from nesting in our flower beds. what with fighting deer full time i don't need to be providing a rabbit nursery. too many nibblers around.
A BB gun is a great tool. I love hausenfeffer stew.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:06 PM
 
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A BB gun is a great tool. I love hausenfeffer stew.
I'm sure there's a better way. I'd google what you can grow that discourages the little bunnies. I'd never kill them.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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It wouldn't take much of a fence to keep the buns out of your garden, would it? There are also motion detector sprinkler heads you can get, those would keep the deer as well as the bunnies away.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:28 AM
 
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It wouldn't take much of a fence to keep the buns out of your garden, would it? There are also motion detector sprinkler heads you can get, those would keep the deer as well as the bunnies away.
I think we need the advice of an Australian, they have been waging a Bunny War for ages now.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:36 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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How to Keep Rabbits out of Garden • HelpfulGardener.com

Make sure your cat doesn't lie about what all happened. ;-)
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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It wouldn't take much of a fence to keep the buns out of your garden, would it? There are also motion detector sprinkler heads you can get, those would keep the deer as well as the bunnies away.
I'm talking about the front flower beds. No fences allowed. We finally put deer fence with rabbit wire at the bottom in the back yard. $4k thank you very much. My helper is in the process of moving daylilies around to the back but the bunnies have already done a number on them.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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Just the other day I came home from work and found a small bunny huddled by my front door. It was a baby. We've seen momma bunny in our backyard for a few years now but she's never chew what were in my raised bed garden. She seemed to prefer the crimson clovers in my yards better. She'll even ventured out to the front yard by my front window, though there was no sign of plants got chewed. I'd suspect the baby must've followed mommy to the front and somehow was separated.

I took a picture with my phone then gave it a nudge on its butt. After the 3rd nudge it took off. Hopefully it will find its way home
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Can't believe some responses in here!

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so say my kids . Yesterday my garden helper discovered a bunny nest in a flower bed. for some reason she decided to take them home instead of leave the nest alone. Today we see adult bunny hopping almost n a panic where the nest was.

is there anything we can do to discourage rabbits from nesting in our flower beds. what with fighting deer full time i don't need to be providing a rabbit nursery. too many nibblers around.
You didn't know but a Rabbit nest cannot be touched or disturbed. The mother typically never goes back. They see it as a threat to the babies. Human scent from the hands is enough to throw them off. I heard they even abandon some from a human touch.

They carefully plan where their home is. A good place of protection from weather and predators. Its not a matter of "lets move their nest" for them. Doesn't work like that.

I guess an analogy is like we go to work and someone moved our house while we weren't home.. We'll come back wanting to go to our safe spot but looking disorientated wondering where the house went in the spot we picked.

I made the mistake myself. I watched a pregnant mother Rabbit building a nest somewhere, I went to check it out and moved some sticks to see how deep it was... Sure enough... she never came back to the spot. Who knows where she had the babies.

Rest assure that if there were bunnies roaming around, the mother collects them and brings them home...

EDIT:: I thought I read she moved the nest. Just put the bunny back, she'll be happy.

It's nature, be grateful they chose a place near you so you can watch them. They aren't like rodents, enjoy them. They don't stay long.

Get a cat or a dog. That's one way to keep them from building nests.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I just bought some granular stuff that I sprinkled on a flower bed to keep the cats out. Although it doesn't mention rabbits, maybe there's a version for bunnies? Its called Critter Ridder.
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