by Texas Homesteader ~
Sometimes mama rabbit makes a nest somewhere that’s not ideal. That’s when I try to protect the baby bunny kits until they’re old enough to be out on their own.
For instance, planting time is almost here & I’ve been in my veggie garden a lot lately. A LOT!
Unfortunately with all my coming & going I accidentally left the garden gate open for a few days. In a golden moment of opportunity, a mama rabbit got into the garden, made a nest and had babies.
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Mama Rabbit Sneaks Into My Garden
As I was clearing away some mulch I first saw some fur balled up. As I tenderly checked deeper I found a rabbit’s nest. It’s my fault, that’s what I get for leaving the gate open!
You see, my garden is fenced & typically keeps rabbits out. (my bad on leaving the gate open long enough for mama to nest & birth!)
My hope is that these little ones will grow up & leave both their nest & my garden. Then I can once again lock them out and away from our food.
But I need to protect them from our mini-Schnauzer Bailey in the meantime. She’s a seasoned baby rabbit killer and it just breaks my tender heart!
Finding Something To Protect The Rabbit’s Nest
I knew I needed to cover the nest with something. So I came inside and eyeballed an 18″ plastic stackable bin in our closet. This will be perfect!
It’s got a scooped opening on one side and is semi-solid on the other three sides. But the sides offer some much-needed ventilation while still offering protection. The bottom is solid plastic. My bin is similar to *These at Amazon.
Here’s how I put my protective cover together to let mama rabbit in but keep our dog out.
I took the plastic bin outside and turned it upside down so that the open top was on the ground. Then I placed it over the rabbit’s nest.
I tried to put the nest itself as far as I could from the opening to protect the kits as much as possible.
But our dog can still paw inside and remove the babies. I needed a way to keep our dog out but let mama rabbit in to raise her kits.
Making A Mama-Rabbit Entrance
To make an entrance big enough for mama but too small for our Mini-Schnauzer Bailey, I decided to use a concrete cinder block.
I laid the concrete block on its side which results in the two holes in the cinder block to be facing outside, like two little tunnels. Then I slid it in front of the open side of my plastic bin that I’d turned upside down over the rabbit’s nest.
The cinder block measures 8″ x 8″ x 16″. So by having this cinder block in front of the plastic bin opening, it adds another 8″ depth for our dog to have to paw past.
That plus the fact that I placed the actual nest at the very back of this overturned bin means there’s no way our dog can reach the baby kits from the outside.
Plus the little square openings of the concrete block are too small for Bailey to squeeze through. But they’re plenty large enough for mama rabbit to come & go to raise up her babies.
Finally I placed a heavy stone on top of the plastic bin. That will weigh down so Bailey can’t paw the lightweight bin away to get to the nest.
Although probably not necessary, sometimes I’ll add some old hay around the enclosure just to disguise it. I’m not sure if it fools any wildlife or not, but hopefully it does. In any event, it makes the little protective cage a little less obvious.
Now all that’s left to do is wait until the kits grow up & leave the nest. Then I’ll lock them all out of the garden again. Thankfully it shouldn’t take long.
About a week or so later as I was in the garden I saw the kits were starting to explore outside the nest and outside their protective enclosure too. It looks like there are three of them and they’re still tiny but growing fast.
They’re so adorable! It won’t be long until they’re old enough to be on their own.
The Baby Rabbits Out On Their Own
I kept an eye on the nest every day as I was in the garden. Little by little the baby rabbits grew. Then a few days later I looked and saw no rabbits.
So I removed the plastic bin and peeked into the rabbit’s nest. It was empty. I checked all around the garden and was pleased to see they were all gone, not only from the nest, but from my garden. Yippee!
So I washed out & once again stored away the plastic bin. The concrete block went back to RancherMan’s shed and I cleaned up the garden area where they’d nested.
Now, back to my gardening chores. I’ll be sure to keep that garden gate CLOSED from now on!
I’ve used this same enclosure setup to protect various bunny families over the years. It’s easy to set up and has been successful in protecting the baby rabbits.
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