by Tammy Taylor~
Planting time is almost here & I’ve been in my veggie garden a lot lately. A LOT! Unfortunately with all my coming & going I accidentally left the garden gate open for a few days. In a golden moment of opportunity, a mama rabbit got into the garden, made a nest and had babies. As I was clearing away some mulch I first saw some fur balled up. As I tenderly checked deeper I found a rabbit’s nest. It’s my fault, that’s what I get for leaving the gate open!
You see, my garden is fenced & typically keeps rabbits out (my bad on leaving the gate open long enough for mama to birth!) My hope is that these little ones will grow up & leave both their nest & my garden. Then I can once again lock them out and away from our food. But I need to protect them from our mini-Schnauzer Bailey in the meantime. She’s a seasoned baby rabbit killer and it just tears at my tender heart!
I knew I needed to cover the nest so I came inside and eyeballed an 18″ plastic bin in our closet. It’s got an opening on one side and plastic grid on the other three sides. The bottom is solid plastic. Hummm… I think I can use this.
I took it outside and turned it upside down and placed it over the rabbit’s nest. Then I took a concrete cinder block and placed it in front of the open side. The openings of the concrete block are too small for Bailey, but large enough for mama rabbit to come & go to raise up her babies. Then I placed a heavy stone on top of the plastic bin to weigh it all down so Bailey couldn’t paw at it to get to the nest.
Now all that’s left to do is wait until the kits leave the nest. Then I’ll lock them all out of the garden again.
About a week or so later as I was in the garden I saw the kits were starting to explore outside the nest. Looks like there are three of them and they’re still tiny but growing fast. They’re so adorable! It won’t be long until they’re old enough to be on their own.
A few days later I looked and saw no rabbits. So I removed the plastic bin and peeked into the nest. It was empty. I checked all around the garden and was pleased to see they were all gone. So I washed out & replaced the plastic bin in my closet. The concrete block went back to RancherMan’s shed and I cleaned up the area. Now, back to my gardening chores. I’ll be sure to keep that garden gate CLOSED from now on!
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