How do I catch a loose rabbit?

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  1. Willowynd

    Willowynd Well-Known Member

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    My previously mean doe (french lop) has escaped somehow. I am thinking the neighbor girl who came over and wanted to help feed and water them opened her cage (even though everything is done from the outside). I may have found her once under a pile of fencing- I shone a flashlight underneath and a rabbit came flying out- now she is all brown and all I saw was a flash of brown whiz by and run through the tree line- so could have been a wild rabbit too. I brought my best herding dog out there and we searched but he is more geared towards herding/catching ducks, chickens, geese and chicks as that is what I use him for. Anyone have any ideas on how to catch this doe? If I put any food out- the ducks and geese and chickens will eat it- I already have a problem with them eating the rabbit pellets.

    And I don't think this is a concern as I think wild and domestic rabbit have a different number of chromosomes- but heard both ways---can a wild rabbit breed her?
     
  2. tbishop

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    Lay on the ground and make noises like a carrot?

    Sorry- couldn't resist.

    Tim B.
     

  3. MaggieJ

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    Tim, that is terrible! :)

    Willowynd, if you have a live trap, you could try setting it with something the doe considers a treat. She will likely be relieved to be recaptured. Put the trap out at night and take it in before you let the poultry out for the day. Domestic rabbits are most active from dusk to dawn anyway.

    You don't need to worry about causing problems to the environment if your doe encounters an irresistable stranger. Most such mating do not result in viable babies and even if they do they will be sterile. So the environmental risks of ONE feral rabbit are negligible.

    That said, I hope you manage to recapture her. Poor girl! She is likely frightened and confused. Another thing you could try is to take her cage (complete with familiar smells) outside and open it, put in plenty of her favourite foods, and hope to find her in it in the morning.

    Good luck, and please let us know what happens.
     
  4. Willowynd

    Willowynd Well-Known Member

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    I found her- but she keeps running back under the shed everytime I touch her. Last time I tried a carrot - waited until she was eating it and had her- till she slipped out of my hands- taking the carrot with her.I gave up for now- put a wire cage on the ground outside the shed with a carrot in it- the door propped up with a screwdriver- so easily trggered. I hope she will be there in the morning.
     
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    Well, at least you know she is okay!
     
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    use a long hadled fishing net or laundry basket. Apples and cookies work for me.
     
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    bob clark A man's man

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    landing net works for me. Im getting old and fat i guess
     
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    We've used the laundry basket with success.
     
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    harrisjnet Okie with Attitude

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    You may want to call your neighbors and friends and see if any have a larger live trap. The ones for skunks and cats will probably be too small.
    To answer your other question. NO Tame rabbits will not interbreed with cotton tails, swamp rabbits or Jack Rabbits. Though they look simular, they are as different as a duck from a goose.
     
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    I also use a landing net.
     
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    I was just at our local fleet supply store and saw they had a large live trap for 30.00. I've always wanted one around just in case. Something to consider if you raise rabbits.

    Tim B.
     
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    If your nibble a simple landing net works well. If you're a bit slow or the rabbit especially fast you'll want to prep things a bit more. You're in luck that it has a favorite spot already. I would get some temp roll fencing (if you've got extra around .... we have a couple rolls of plastic fencing that works well for this) throw up a line of fencing that runs down to a pinch point from his hidey-hole and then scare him out of his hole. He'll follow the fence line down to the end and he should be easy to grab/net at that point without any running on your part.

    Can you tell I've been through this a few times? :p

    J
     
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    I have had my hands on her many times- but the wascal keeps slipping out of them. I decided to just let her be until I get the rabbit pen built- then will bait her into that- then I will add the others. Too darned wet and cold to go bunny diving and budget is very tight since I just paid my propertry taxes- so net or trap will have to wait.
     
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    I use the fencing like Thatch mentioned to corral them in and then I herd them into a cage or throw a laundry basket over them. My angoras are pretty tame though usually when they get loose the run into the shed to investigate the other rabbits cages. I have a few young rabbits that have led me on a merry chase through the brush and brambles though.

    Robin
     
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    Sarcasm kahrma came back to bite me. Monday night I pulled into the driveway to be face to face with my I-paid-way-too-much-money-for velveteen lop doe staring me down. She chewed a piece of grass, then hopped away under the camper. I went in to the house, got my maglight, then went back out. I started talking lowly, trying to sound irresistable. Amazingly she still came out. I kept the light in her eyes until i was right on top of her. I then reached down, grabbed her around the loin, waited for a break in the thrashing, then picked her up and tucked her in the not-gonna-fumble-THIS-rabbit hold that I taught my kids at their first rabbit show. 4 scratches and 3 excited dogs later, She was back in her cage.

    Her name is now Nelly Olson.

    Tim B.
     
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    LOL, Tim, and it serves you right! :p

    "I started talking lowly, trying to sound irresistable." Like a carrot???

    "Her name is now Nelly Olson." From "Little House", of course. Because of the scratches?

    Very glad you caught her! You're a good sport to share a laugh at yourself. I keep picturing you out there with your mag-light. "Nice bunny, come here, sweetie. I'm a nice juicy carrot."

    :rotfl:
     
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    That, sadly, wasn't that far off, although I practice swearing while wearing a smile with them so they can't hear the tone of voice. Good self-control exercise.

    Seriously, though, if you can't laugh at yourself, who should you laugh at?

    Tim B.
     
  20. MaggieJ

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    I had to laugh at myself today when I was trying to put the geese in for the night. Usually I just sing them in with "Row, row, row your boat" and have no need for more than minimal herding, but today they kept jibbing just at the pop-hole.

    We went around the yard three or four times until I was exasperated and said to them: "Fine! You want the coyotes or fishers to eat you, stay out all night!" (Didn't mean it, of course) I stalked away and went to feed the chickens.

    The geese had been laughing at me, the way geese do, but once I was out of sight around the corner of the building, everything got very quiet. When I came back a couple of minutes later, they had put themselves to bed. :angel: :angel: :angel: Yeah, right! They are just like pre-schoolers!