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could rabbits be doing this?

Posted by justrussell Indiana (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 13, 12 at 18:56

I've lost a couple dozen tomatoes already. Do you think the rabbits are doing this to try and get moisture? We've been with out rain for 3 weeks; Worst drought I've ever seen. On top of it all, my peppers and tomatoes are also getting blossom end rot! I treated for that last night, and put out water pan for the rabbits... what do you think?

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RE: could rabbits be doing this?

my guess would be squirles / i dont think either will drink tap water /besides once they get a taste for maters they wont stop eating them / 2 options/ one is relocation and then theres the other option

RE: could rabbits be doing this?

Those are rather large bites. Do you have woodchucks or large rabbits?

RE: could rabbits be doing this?

I don't think rabbits eat fruit. In my garden, they only eat greens. Squirrels run around my yard in the top of my fence to get to a neighbor's pear tree. Once saw one nibbling on an abandoned ear of corn inside of my garden in the late fall.

The damage to my tomatoes that looks most like your picture is done by birds. They love their tomato juice. In dry years like this one, I have to harvest tomatoes before fully ripe, and ripen them on my kitchen counter.

RE: could rabbits be doing this?

Birds and squirrels are the hardest things to control. Just like rain & sunshine :)

RE: could rabbits be doing this?

I agree with junktrunck. That looks like tree rats, or "squirrels" as novice gardeners commonly call them.

RE: could rabbits be doing this?

  • Posted by tomakers SE MA Zone 5/6 or % (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 18, 12 at 8:43

Tree rats or woodchucks, and my guess is woodchucks. I suppose it could also be deer. The bites look too big for a squirrel or rabbit, were the tomatoes the only thing eaten?

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