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Old 03-07-2018, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Found some baby rabbits

Cleaning up the landscaping in the backyard is a pain! But while I was pulling up some old plants getting the ground prepped to put some new ones in, I heard a strange little noise underneath my feet. I used the rake to slowly pull some dead grass away when I found a ball of fur. Getting a little closer to the ground and carefully moving the fur and grass out of the way, I saw some little furry rabbits moving around in a shallow hole in the old mulch. Looks to be about 3 or 4 of them and they have their eyes closed.

Now here are the questions my wife has:
Will they survive there if I just cover them back up?
Will momma rabbit still come back to care for them?

And the question I KNOW my little girl will ask when she gets home...can we feed/raise them as pets?

Any rabbit info provided will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:07 AM   #2
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Cover them back up and let momma do her job.

DO NOT show your daughter unless you want pet rabbits
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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I found some one time......with the lawnmower. Pretty nasty.

I remember catching one when I was little and trying to raise it and it wouldn't eat anything, ended up dying. But I am sure there is a lot more info out there these days.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:11 AM   #4
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Yes, cover them back up and they will be fine. The mother will come back. She may move them. It's probably too soon to raise them as pets because they still need their mothers milk. One that is running out and about and still small would make a better pet. I'm not sure how old they wean.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #5
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they taste great!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:15 AM   #6
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Yes Momma will come back, this happens at our home all the time, daughter goes out and plays with them cover back up and are just find, she will go back several times and do this so I know, lol.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:24 AM   #7
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If momma doesn't show up tonight then something happened. Hopefully your scent didn't run her off. If needed I can pick them up. My wife rehabs and raises rescue animals. We are not far from you
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:48 AM   #8
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They are hard to keep alive.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:49 AM   #9
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Cover them back up and let momma do her job.

DO NOT show your daughter unless you want pet rabbits
This ^^^^
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:50 AM   #10
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:51 AM   #11
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May both of you get bitten my many fire ants.... meanies...
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:56 AM   #12
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may both of you get bitten my many fire ants.... Meanies...
lol!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:56 AM   #13
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May both of you get bitten my many fire ants.... meanies...
Agree. Share them with your dog, for crying out loud.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:57 AM   #14
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My dog found one and all I found was a back leg on the patio. I guess he ate the rest.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:06 PM   #15
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Rabbit nests can look like a little dead patch of grass in the yard. Just cover it back up and momma will come back.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:14 PM   #16
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I caught a whole group of them about this time last year with my lawn mower. Man what a gore-some experience that was
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:17 PM   #17
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Sounds like chili waiting to happen.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:24 PM   #18
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May both of you get bitten my many fire ants.... meanies...
I know I know, just couldn't help myself. Blame it on the morning triple shot espresso!
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:29 PM   #19
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They're hard to raise and have many that survive. Their mom will come back.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:41 PM   #20
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I caught a whole group of them about this time last year with my lawn mower. Man what a gore-some experience that was
Hate it when that happens. And it happens every year at least once. Durn momma will put the hole right out in the middle of the yard. Our weener dog snuck 5 baby rabbits into the house one year. Had them in his doggie bed completely unharmed and alive.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:50 PM   #21
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Wow! This thread has turned in to a gruesome, hilarious and insightful piece of reading material.

I covered the area back up as good as I could in hopes momma rabbit will come back to take care of the little ones.

Thanks for the helpful input and if things take a turn for the worse...well I guess I’ll start another thread for rabbit recipes
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:55 PM   #22
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Wow! This thread has turned in to a gruesome, hilarious and insightful piece of reading material.

I covered the area back up as good as I could in hopes momma rabbit will come back to take care of the little ones.

Thanks for the helpful input and if things take a turn for the worse...well I guess Iíll start another thread for rabbit recipes
Rabbit Con Carne is da bomb
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:58 PM   #23
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This is what will happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxFfxTZA6ao
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:04 PM   #24
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If they have their eyes open and you try to Take them and raise them more then likely they will not live ! If you touched them the mom might not come back are she could eat them I used to raise rabbits I had one mamma that if you touched them before they opened their eyes she would eat them !
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:36 PM   #25
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so whens the bbq?
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:50 PM   #26
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I tried raising several when I was a kid and actually got a few to where they were eating real food instead of just milk. You wouldn't think it but a little rabbit can get mean as all get out. I had one that was ornery as all heck and you talk about a bad bite for such a small animal. That little devil would bite the crap out of you.

Now that I think about it I probably would have bit me too if I were him. I was just as ornery as he was. I imagine he didn't like to be around me too much.

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Old 03-07-2018, 01:56 PM   #27
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:12 PM   #28
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hassenfiffer! or ever how you spell German rabbit stew... cute little buggars tho!
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:15 PM   #29
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:25 PM   #30
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I tried To raise one and even bought it another rabbit as a playmate.
It still died.
Had a dog find a nest like that once.
Sad but they are the whatburgers of the predator world.
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:46 PM   #31
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I found some with my weed eater two years in a row in the exact same spot, I guess momma finally learned after that second time
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Old 03-07-2018, 04:49 PM   #32
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I am thinking you good to just cover back up a bit.. Unless momma got killed.

Good luck!!

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Old 03-07-2018, 09:55 PM   #33
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Lab brought one in the house one time. Other than slobbered on it was not hurt. Took it back outside and the mamma came and got it.

You did good covering them back up
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