Adding Temporary Protection For Wild Rabbit’s Nest

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!  

A Rabbit's Nest Guard to protect the baby kits from our Mini-Schnauzer's instincts until they're old enough to fend for themselves! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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. 

A Rabbit's Nest Guard to protect the baby kits from our Mini-Schnauzer's instincts until they're old enough to fend for themselves! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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!

~TMH~

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6 thoughts on “Adding Temporary Protection For Wild Rabbit’s Nest

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    Oh I would be so shocked to see baby rabbits! Especially since that means they made it past the dogs and fence. I’m glad to hear they made it out just fine. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Bailey is an accomplished baby-rabbit killer, Katy. It just breaks my heart, but I understand it’s just her instincts. So this set-up helps save my tender heart! ~TMH~

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  2. Shelley

    I had a rabbit nests in my strawberry pyramid garden, my perennial bed, and my asparagus bed which I left alone until the babies were gone, but last year one started making a nest in my fenced veggie garden (mama got in through a tiny opening where the fence wasn’t tight enough). I caught it early enough to secure the garden and force her to look for another spot. We have 4 adults living in the wood pile this year so there’s going to probably be lots of babies hopping about! How nice of you to protect those baby bunnies.

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  3. Pam Kaufman

    Two days ago I looked out my window and saw a bunny looking in the window at me. It was on the deck in my built in planter. It slept there all night. I had put some straw around my sage to protect it from Michigan’s winter weather. We never even thought it might be looking for a place to nest and have babies! The bunny just peaked at me again but there are no babies yet. I told my husband I am removing the straw today. I love seeing baby bunnies but my deck is not a good place for me or them lol!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      If you’ve seen her 2 days in a row she may have already nested. Mama returns to her nest in the morning & evening to tend to the babies. I’ve learned (by accident) that they love to look for places where hay is thick on the ground, perfect nesting material. Both times that I’ve had to incorporate this protective cover the mamas had sought shelter for her nest in hay mulch. But thankfully the babies grow super fast. So both times I used this upside-down-plastic bin and within a 2-3 weeks they were grown & gone. Then I just removed my protective items and carried on. Our mini-schnauzer Bailey delights in finding the nests & killing the babies. It’s just her instincts, but my tender heart just can’t take that. WHEW! ~TMH~

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