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Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat #14732285 04/01/20
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Currently elected to stay home due to the Covid outbreak so I figured it’s a great time to get caught up on some wildlife habitat around my home place/farm. My driveway coming in to the house is roughly half mile long and I’ve been needing to cut the trees and brush back along the edges. Been seeing more rabbits than usual so I figure I’m going to strategically build brush piles while doing it and try placing them no farther than 50ft apart. This is something I’d like to also start implementing in other places throughout my farm. Hoping I’ll see a little boost in my rabbit population!

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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14733077 04/01/20
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Very cool! That base of larger limbs and rocks if you have them is a key component of a well built brush pile. You motivated me to build a couple tomorrow in a new spot.

Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14733521 04/01/20
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If you take the time and build them right ... with the big logs stacked at base, big, and very dense piles ... 2 to 3 piles is a solid days worth of work!


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14733902 04/01/20
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They sure like my outside wood piles. Stacks of unsplit rounds.


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14733941 04/01/20
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I try to select an area that is high and dry. Provide some good shelter where they can hide from predators and you will grow a resident population of rabbits. As Ricky has said build them right....

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I have several nice Clover plots on my place and a couple wheat,rye,oat plots for the deer. Think I’m going to try doing brushpiles along the edges of these also.


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14743580 04/04/20
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Knew a guy that used to use car hoods. Lay em down where a rabbit could get under them and then pile some dirt on em them top with brush.

Said he covered with dirt first so a coyote wouldn't scratch directly on the metal and scare the bunny out.

Don't know how it worked but he had quite a few of them scattered around.


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Been doing the same with brush around my place. Trying to give them a hide-out from the hawks. The bigger timber at the bottom is a good idea but with my OCD I would have a hard time not cutting those pieces to stove length 😁

Also going to leave some hedge rows when we do hay this year. Planted trees in the future hedgerow couple weeks ago. Mostly red cedar, some pine, beech, and persimmon.

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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14750634 04/06/20
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I have done similar to those in your pics. Also made a similar pile with a plastic half barrel set up in the bottom of the pile to make sure of a dry spot for shelter. We only have snowshoe hares here, but they seem to use them.

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Originally Posted by BlueDuck
I have done similar to those in your pics. Also made a similar pile with a plastic half barrel set up in the bottom of the pile to make sure of a dry spot for shelter. We only have snowshoe hares here, but they seem to use them.

Interesting idea.


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14760540 04/08/20
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I have built a bunch of those over the years. Those base logs are the key to a good brush pile they will use. Yours look great and the rabbits will use them.


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14761642 04/09/20
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I love seeing folks making rabbitat. It seems all anyone is interested in anymore is deer hunting east of the Rockies. I call myself a beagler not a rabbit hunter because I'm in it for the my pack of hounds. I'v shot one rabbit and one hare in the last 5 years. A dead rabbit leaves no tracks. I've done a lot of work as well to try to improve the cover for rabbits and even hare where I hunt. Keep up the great work guys!!


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14762890 04/09/20
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Robster, you remind me of my youth in the 60’ & 70’s. My dad always had 2 beagles and we hunted cottontails every weekend in the Mohawk Valley, south from October 1 until the southern tier deer season and then hunted snowshoes up on Tug Hill until mid-March.

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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14763898 04/09/20
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Shawlerbrook, I'm on the North side of Oneida Lake. I hunt cottontail in southern Onondaga County and Hare across the Tug, north of the Tug near Carthage, Croghan and Castorland and across to Inlet. My kids are grown up and out of the house and that's what I do from August 15th when the running season opens until April 15th when the running season closes. If I'm not with the dogs, I
'm on the horse riding. A lot of times I combine the two!!


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14768602 04/10/20
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I love habitat augmentation!!!!
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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14769112 04/10/20
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You inspired the boys and I to build 2 today. the first came out great, the second was sorta spare parts... We have a mountain of hawks, cats, fox, and racoons, so rabbits are like hens teeth here. We'll see.


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Took the kids for a four wheeler ride to check the persimmon trees I planted and jumped a rabbit at one of the brush huts I made. I was worried the spot wasn’t dry enough, but apparently they like it. 😁


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Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #14793348 04/17/20
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Always nice to see a little pay back and appreciation from the critters. I think it makes a difference.

Re: Building rabbit condos ~ Rabbitat [Re: RickyBobby] #15069153 07/21/20
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Just had a new 40ac we bought logged pretty heavy. Looking to dot the hillside with piles like this from the tops. 'Twould love to have a few more rabbits around.


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