Category Archives: Rabbits

Rabbits and a yarn

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Time for a good yarn up since I haven’t posted for a bit… The rabbits have been busy! Even though the people around Otago haven’t noticed due to the massive amount of grass around they are there, now the grass is dying off all is being revealed which is a lot of rabbits. HAha, they fooled the people again.
If I’d had an offsider to take a photo the day I got this pic it would have been four fat bastards in a row! The art work just keeps coming,some very cool and some has me scratching my head.

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The rabbits above were caught in a drop trap, very effective method if you have good fencing. The photo below is one days catch from two drop traps. 35 rabbits in that pic.

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Had a young fella coming out a bit lately, he’s getting right into the swing of this rabbiting thing. Meet Angus.

And to wind this up a photo of Jo relaxing after yet another hard day at the office.

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September 18

Man alive is there some rabbits around in Central Otago! But there is rabbits all over Otago as well, also hearing of build ups of rabbits happening in Southland.

This large early litters is a bit of a concern, the potential for a massive explosion of rabbits is right there.

Council both regional and district seem to be doing nothing about their own land which is causing its own issues for neighbours.

Evalynn has come up to give me a hand for September which is really handy.

Rabbits and the new K5 virus

Well if this strain of the K5 virus has worked I don’t know where. After speaking with many other rabbiters and land owners no one has seen a result, something should have been seen by now.
In fact the numbers we are getting are indicating they might have slipped a bit of Viagra into the mix, we are still getting pregnant and just dropped females even at this late stage of the season.
I have no idea what the coming season with bring, but it’s looking like being a busy one.

Rabbits, kids, dogs and ferrets

Man has there been a lot going on in the last few months!  Killed a lot of rabbits somewhere in there as well. But that’s what we do in Otago, rabbit capital of New Zealand right here.
So time for some random things that have happened at Kill That Rabbit in the last few months in no particular order….

While all of you were;
A: Getting pissed
B: Being introverted
C: Spending quality time with your significant others
D: I don’t want to know…..
We were out setting a new record for us, new years 2017 we, Shaun and I, shot 823 rabbits AND knocked off early. Then think, we shot that huge number on just 11.5 Hectares. One shooter, I was loading, counting and driving and let me tell you, I was flat out.
We also went back a week later and shot another 380+ odd plus ferreted it etc. That one block has had way over 1500 rabbits killed on it, which brings up a funny story…
I was talking to a woman that ended up holidaying right beside that particular block just after we had a killing spree there. They couldn’t work out why random dead rabbits turned up and what the bad smell was.
Not every rabbit dies on the spot, and there was waaaay over a tonne of meat and guts rooting on the hill. The hottest summer on record, tonne of meat and guts on the hill, it was a thing to behold…
Oh, and we shot out that rifle that night, is seems having a loader and continuously shooting can be hard on barrels. Opps.

Courtney had pups!

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Lots of pups and Jack is the father. Today Google informed me this is a five year old photo of Jack (with a black nut sack) which I’m shook about, I thought he was four at most so how wrong was I? Someone stole the dog he is sleeping on. Not literally cause I let them. 🙄

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Young Evalynn fell in luf in shit so just had to move to Invercargill, cause, well that’s where Michelle is and we can’t keep a young lady away from her man… I’m waiting for the baby call.

As I mentioned in the last post, the new virus is about to be released. For some reason it’s all secret squirrel stuff when it comes to the Otago Regional Council telling people what’s going on. I’m sure there’s a good reason…

My son that’s left school now works for Kill That Rabbit, he’s a machine with the rifle and is going very well working with the ferrets. He is also going very well with the air rifle having an extremely good hit rate with that piece of equipment, a grand bit of gear it is to around built up areas. Next for it will be a thermal scope.

One of the dogs killed a ferret, a fine ferret he was as well. Pepper had been with us for a couple of years and killed many a rabbit. I have no understanding why Jack decided Pepper should die but I can tell you I was decidedly unimpressed.
We had words, strong words.

I’ll bugger off and leave you to it. Bastards. LifeOfARabbiter

New virus approval

Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has given approval for the new strain of the rabbit calicivirus.  The full statement can be read HERE

The local regional councils expect to start the release at the end of March this year (2018) hoping to have it fully released some time in April.

What this means for people with rabbits is once the virus goes through you will end up with approximately 35% less rabbits than you have now, in some areas there may be no difference, in other areas slightly more.  This is the results they have found overseas, namely Australia where is was released over 12 months ago.

For people with smaller holdings it isn’t going to make a great deal of difference, for every 3-4 dead rabbits you see there will be another 6-7 that will not be affected.

However where the real difference will be is on bigger properties were even 35% is a huge number of rabbits.  The stations and larger farms should be planning now on what follow up work they intend on doing as that is the critical part.

 

 

 

 

Early breeding rabbits and pups

It seems we are into a bumper season for the rabbits as they have started very early, here we are at the start of July and we are already digging nests up and seeing young rabbits. A litter of eight was found two weeks ago and everything is heavily pregnant or has already dropped.

These were got last week, very well developed rabbits for this time of year.

 

We also have a litter of puppies on the ground and ready to go!  Knowing the parentage these should be great rabbiters.   They’ve just come home after being rared by a young lass,  it makes for such better dogs when kids are around as they handle them so much, where as adults are always a bit busy….

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