Feeding the rabbiting pack

This comes as a surprise to most people, but no the rabbiting dogs don’t live on rabbits for their dinner.  Don’t get me wrong, they do love a feed of it. Especially at the moment as the snackpacks are here (very young rabbits) The dogs just grab and go!

The reason is very straight forward, they can’t live on them as they don’t contain enough fat. If you want to go on a crash diet then get into the rabbit meat but be warned, we can’t survive on it.

I started the dogs on Mighty Mix a few months ago and they are doing very well on it. We’re giving them the frozen concentrate, feeding the usual way for us which is into a bucket and help themselves whenever they want.

Mighty Mix

Wolf the little guts is the only one overweight but she’s just had a litter of pups so not to worried about that. For now.

They have also spent time on the nourish biscuits and did well on them. Was looking after a pigdog pack (What a pain in the arse they were) and managed to get them looking really good on the large dog biscuits and dogrolls. They were skin and bones when they got here and looked bloody good when they left.

Price wise it seems to be working out slightly cheaper, a bag of frozen lasting about 9 days. On the other brands I would go through two bags for the same time frame which equates to an absolute minimum of $120 IF you can get it on special, which often you can’t.

So far very happy with it. I must get a bag of the treats they have and see what the dogs think of them….

Yes I LOVE hard boiled eggs

This is probably all kinds of wrong, but an Otago rabbiter needs the food!  These eggs, hard boiled, well, what more do you want?  I’m running with Central Gold eggs because well, they taste so good! And a neighbour by not much. I do work on the KISS princeable. I do wonder how badly I screwed that spelling up 😂 but I digress…

How should you cook a boiled egg?

In a pot with hot water is good. So I slip a few in on top of the spuds, pull them out at the right time and job is done. Less pots to clean, that is a thing for me. No cook atm. (If your female yada yada do feel free to get in touch….)

Oh, the video attached is the easy way to cook eggs. 😂😁😁 (Now to work out attaching video)

The big dig

Not an unusual sight to see Jack with the black nut sack digging yet another rabbit out, this one is up Arrowtown way Central Otago.

Not long after this was filmed he started growling at any other dogs that came near, that means only one thing, he’s close! Sure enough within five minutes he had another notch on his belt, the old bastard has worn several belts out now 😂

Jack digging another rabbit out

2020 Breeding season

Well here we are again, the breeding season for rabbits in New Zealand will be well under way! In order to see those young rabbits in Central Otago in August it means the mating will be happening now in June. 28 day gestation period for rabbits (pregnant again within 12 hours of having a litter), a few weeks in the nest then come August out they come.

If your planning a poison drop then best you get on with it if you want maximum success, the reason is straight forward, if you leave it till August the young rabbits can survive without mum but are to young to take bait.

We had a visitor for a couple of weeks, old Bolt came up for a holiday while Evalynn was away. He enjoyed getting out for a few runs with the team smashing a few rabbits around camp. Of course him and Jack said gidday to each other then where straight back to their old ways, growling, barking and snapping at each other.
Bolt’s looking a bit more grey and has slowed down a lot but is enjoying retirement.

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The Neighbours Rabbits

Turns out the neighbours to our block have a bit of a rabbit problem, this video was shot last night on our Pulsar Trail XP. It’s a bit hazy as there was a little fog around which thermal scopes don’t like.

https://youtu.be/LGXXVD9lcVM

This is the reason everyone needs to do their bit when it comes to rabbits. This video was filmed at the top of Lake Dunstan maybe 200 metres from the lake itself.

Stephen

Rabbits 2020

There is rabbits, a lot of rabbits in Central Otago, but not just there either. Coastal Otago, Millers Flat and the Teviot Valley. Just the whole of Otago in general has rabbit numbers climbing and in some areas quite quickly.

I’ve been doing battle a lot with Otago Regional Council (ORC), trying to find out why they are not issuing compliance notices on any government departments including department of conservation, LINZ etc same goes for district councils.

Often these are the areas that create the broader rabbit problems in an area. To say progress is slow is a massive understatement, it seems councillors and all the other middle management just don’t understand, well quite frankly, much at all. In fact considering they are councillors and management it should be of grave concern to rate payers and central government (but realistically are they any better themselves?)

Does the next step include the EPA or court? Looking more and more like it sadly, I have better things to be doing than wet nursing a bunch of incompetent bureaucrats.

Stay safe
Stephen