Rabbits and a yarn


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.


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.


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.


Bit of a sad week

Three rabbiting dogs retired and away to new homes and another that hasn’t worked out as he keeps nailing ferrets, which is no use to us.

So Coffee, the best dog I’ve ever had for rabbits, Bolt who is another cracker and Pip. A solid workhorse who at five years old is really struggling phyiscally with the job now are all away to new homes along with Boy. A real shame I can’t get the ferret habit out of him as otherwise he was shaping into a real wee workhorse.

So now its time for the young dogs to step up to the plate and shine.

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.

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.