A productive day up Arrowtown way on the pest control and not a bad view to go with it. The ferrets were like wee machines…
Tag Archives: rabbits
Questions I get
We have been using a fair bit of Pindone over the last couple of years. How often should we do this?
Pindone is best used May to end of July. On the odd year March and April can work if it’s extremely dry. The doe’s have planted young who can survive without mum by the end of July.If you are using Pindone it MUST be in bait stations unless you are licensed, and even then it must be fenced. Also you must have signage up stating that poison is in use. That’s whether it’s in bait stations or broadcast.
If you poison someones dog you are liable. Just at one vet practice in Wanaka they are having 3 to 5 poisoned dogs coming in a week! I haven’t heard what the survival rate is but if you get them to a vet in time they can give vitamin K.
I’ve also seen rat poison used. This is, well I don’t know what to say about this. So illegal and so dangerous. Secondary poison can happen with using this for years.
We haven’t got a fence, can you kill our rabbits? Why yes we can, but they will be back hours after we leave, at lesser numbers but who knows for how long.
Fencing really is very important, especially on the lifestyle type blocks OR if you have some government department for a neighbour (good luck to you, you’ll need it). These include DoC, LINZ councils both district and regional, tranzrail or is it kiwirail? I can’t keep up and no doubt a few others I’ve forgotten.
Best advise for fencing is to get the rabbiter in BEFORE you get the fencer, that way he can give you the best methods and places to fence. Maybe the fence should be up the other side of the driveway or other side of a garden.
Fences cost a lot of money so why not do it right the first time. Remember, fencers aren’t rabbiters…..
Any other questions then fire them at me and I’ll add them here.
Newsroom on rabbits
Melanie Read from Newsroom was down in Otago doing an in depth report on rabbits. Along with George the camera man, they were all over the place, even down to Southland.
Below are the links to the series of items they did. Very interesting! All the people need to realize that it isn’t just an Otago problem but is cropping up all over the country.
Action from central government is ZERO!! But they have proved how incompetent they are when it comes to all the pest control, but what would you expect from a bunch of fools as successive governments have proven themselves to be.
A few more rabbits with the thermal, one of these was filmed when I stood on a state highway. It seems the governing authority missed how many rabbits there is some how…. looking at you Otago Regional Council….
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.
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….
Rabbiters toolbox: Ferrets
Ferrets, and more so rabbits, are cropping up a lot more in the Otago Daily Times of late. One can only assume it’s because there is a lot more of the later appearing in the last few years. Reporter Mark Price got in touch a few days ago wanting to do a piece on using ferrets as a form of rabbit control, so out we went with all the gear plus a photographer from the ODT Craig Baxter.
Facts About Rabbits
Breeding: Wild rabbits in New Zealand can start breeding at the age of two to three months old. Their gestation period is 28-30 days. They are pregnant within 12 hours of dropping a litter.
The saying breed like rabbits didn’t come from nowhere.
Food: They eat approximately .1kg of grass per day, love garden type bushes and vegetables.
An old English saying on the food intake; three rabbits to a hare, three hares to a sheep.
So going by that, for every nine dead rabbits there is the food for another stock unit…