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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. 

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It's Good Friday; and that means that in 48 hours, the Easter Bunny will be hopping his way into gardens to score fresh vegetables from home gardens. Rabbits are the second most destructive garden critters, after white-tailed deer; and growers are looking for the best garden management strategy to rid bunnies and rabbits from landscapes. Here's [...]

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When Do Rabbits Give Birth?

Cottontail bunnies will soon be hopping around lawns and gardens. At the first sign of spring, rabbit breeding season begins and doesn't end until late summer. Future mother rabbits are usually pregnant for 28-30 days and give birth in a built nest in an open area where they can be left along and be unseen by [...]

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