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The skill has gone

Unfortunately (?) the skill of using poison has all but gone when it comes to rabbit control.

My view is if you have to poison you have failed with your pest management plan. However for a lot of people poison is their first port of call, I’ll footnote this on why I think its bad.

Like all pest contractors we have used poison and with good success, but it is a dying art. I think the issue is possum people are being talked into doing rabbits because the rabbit people can’t be arsed with dealing with it.

Pindone used properly is very good, but that is a loaded few words. It is NOT a one hit wonder like 1080, but that is even very different between possums and rabbits.

With 1080 quantity is king, yes all the conditions need to be right BUT you must also put enough out and if you don’t your screwed. That is bait shy animals you now have.

Pindone on the other hand is much more refined. Prefeeds are not required however timing is quite important. Very dependant on rabbit numbers, but a good rule of thumb is 10kg to the hectare first feed, 10kg for the second feed approximately 10-14 days later, the another 5kg per hectare up your sleeve for spot poisoning anywhere rabbits are still seen another 10 days later. These sow rates are for numbers like MMS 6 and above.

There is all kinds of shit talked about how carrot is best, whether the poison on it is 1080 or Pindone, complete and utter bollocks. For rabbits anyway Key Industries have developed a cereal based Pindone poison called RS5.

When done right this shit works extremely well. We’ve used this in situations were I did not think it could work, a small test run was taken up very well so we did the main poison and had a fantastic result. In fact I was stunned.

If any poison contractor says “we had a great result, all the poison is gone” particularly with 1080, question them hard. They did NOT put enough out, it is that simple.

FOOTNOTE: 1080 is the crawlist way to die for any animal, shoot me in the guts before you feed me that shit.

Also, do people that live in New Zealand really think that dumping poisons year after year on this beautiful land is sustainable. Really? If you are that much of a cheap/useless bastard should you even be allowed to manage land in this beautiful place?

No. I think not. Go away.

At best if a block is that bad you should get one crack with poison, then that land should be marked for the next several decades with a NO POISON sign. We can not keep killing the land with poisons because someone thinks its cheap. It’s not.

2018 rabbit season

Well it has begun already, young rabbits are about and they are a month early. In Otago anyway they didn’t really stop, small infrequent litters through winter but now they are well into it.

All female’s gutted in the last few weeks have been pregnant and the ferrets have been finding quite a few young rabbits not much bigger than a fist. Also nests being dug up through the vineyards.

Because of this it’s good luck to anyone poisoning which should be well finished by now anyway. It’s a weak option at best and just proves a failed pest management plan, but this year it will really show how unsustainable poisoning is.

Salt after a kill up.

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.

GWP X pups

Pip the mum is a pure German Wirehaired Pointer, dad is a Kelpie/collie.
These pups are ready to go now.
High cuteness factor and very well natured they will make great pets.
Size medium to large dog but quite heavy set.
Both parents are a part of my hunting pack and are very obedient.

These would be fantastic first dogs for someone getting into hunting they are so easily trained or on a lead and about town.

Born 2/4/18
Price $500

Dog Training part 2

So the pup has been picked, it’s now home, where to from here? First things first, a feed and water for pup then playtime!

Generally one of the first questions I’m asked is how to toilet train the new pup which is actually quite straight forward. As soon as the new pup wakes outside with it, not in a few minutes but straight away. Very quickly pup will learn that is the deal and will start dropping hints it needs to go to the toilet, it’s up to you to learn those hints. Whether it’s the pup goes to a curtain spot, a corner or door there will be a hint. Accidents will happen but there is no reason to growl, in fact you are the one that should be growled at for not reading pup properly.

Next on the list is feeding pup, that should start the way you intend it to be fed for it’s whole life. I always get a bag of very good quality pup food to start them off but this gets mixed up with any food scraps and/or good quality dogroll. There is nothing worse than a dog that is fussy about what it will eat so much much easier to get them used to all the food right at the beginning.
Remember here as well, pup needs to be wormed every two weeks till it’s 14 weeks old.

The big thing right now though is handle that pup, spend as much time as you can playing as this is great handling and makes for a much more sociable and trainable pup later on.
Hopefully it hasn’t taken long to name the pup so call it by it’s name often.
When everyone is interacting with pup they need to use it’s name. When someone comes up they will call it something else, a genital correction here will make pup learning its name quicker and easier. A simple pups name is “here” can you please call it that, when they first meet, the faster pups name is learned the better.

Now go play with that pup!

Foxy pups

A big birthday

So the 29th is the day for Evalynn,  a whoppingly old 18.  If you run into her ask her what it’s like being that old.  Start with “Hey you oldimages cowchook”….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY princess cowchook

And here’s a pic of Princess cowchook today, rabbit blood and all…20170728_120621.jpg