Should I feed the rabbits?

butterfly4uFebruary 15, 2010

The rabbits come out of the woods (most of my property is wild woods) in the winter and they ate my broom and my daylillies.

They come right up to the house.

THey are looking for something to eat.

Should I put rabbit food back in the woods during the winter so they aren't as hungry?

Or should I just chalk it up to having woods.

What would you do?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Feeding the rabbits is counterproductive. It will lead to more suffering than good. Rabbit populations are driven mostly by available food. If you feed them, they'll produce more offspring, which require more food, and will grow more and more dependent upon your food supply. It's much better for the rabbits not to feed them.

It also occurs to me that you may be one of the very few gardeners that like rabbits being around to eat their plants. I see lots of posts on how to kill rabbits but few on whether or not to feed them. I can picture one of the people considering how to kill them being one of your neighbors. (-;

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 10:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I doubt if they are hungry since most of your property is wooded. They just like the landscaped areas better...less work for them.

I agree that you wouldn't be doing them any favors by feeding them.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 5:17AM
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