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What Do Rabbits Eat in the Winter?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Deerbusters has explored what foods deer eat in winter; and we touched on what elk eat during cold months; but how about rabbits? 

Rabbits are the second most complained about animal eating gardens after deer. In the springtime, when gardens are budding with fresh flowers and plants, rabbits will eat a surplus of greens; clover; wildflowers; and vegetable plants - not just carrots! But, in the wintertime, when natural resources become scarce, rabbits will eat similar foods to deer: twigs; buds; bushes; conifers; and remaining plants they find from home gardens. 

To protect organic gardens in winter from rabbit damage, home gardeners will need to install 2-3 foot high metal fencing (typically hexagonal fencing) and trench the fence into the ground to prevent burrowing. Rabbits are pesky animals that will become major headaches in springtime; so, it's best to reduce the number of rabbits seen in gardens during the winter season. 

It's Baby Bunny Season

Is there anything cuter than a baby bunny? We think not; that is, until they are eating from home gardens. Rabbit mating season runs from March through September with baby bunnies appearing on lawns and gardens starting in late spring. They will stay close to mothers until they go out on their own after just three [...]

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Is Plastic Fencing Good For Rabbit Control?

Rabbits are the second most destructive wild animals in gardens after deer; and gardeners that have had enough of their garden destruction turn to fencing to control the situation. While there are many fence on the market, not all are suitable for rabbit fencing; and more often than not, home gardeners turn to plastic fencing [...]

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