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We have a new pest...

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We have a new pest...

For a few weeks now SWMBO has been complaining of someone/thing entering out garden and decimating the plants and flowers.
The culprit, she found out, was a rabbit. As there is open space space behind us I assume it is wild - but it is making SWMBO livid!
She's read that there is some sort of repellent that is abhorrent to rabbits but I am wondering if anyone here has any suggestions as to how to rid our garden of it/them?

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alanf
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I hope that it is more successful than the repellents that I have tried to repel cats!
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Chicken wire on the fence is the easiest and most friendly way.
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I planted a new lawn for myself. Once the lawn started growing guess what turned up and started munching on it? Yes a WABBIT! I gave It a shoo early one morning and never saw It again. It was a baby one.
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My brother was just a little bit later than usual in shooing his chickens in from his neighbours garden, where they're allowed to roam.
But still in time to see the bloody carcass of one of his chickens being carried off into the bushes by a badger.

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I agree that wire mesh is the most effective. The recommended method is to put it on the outside of your existing fence with 20cms flat on the ground and the rest vertical. Cover the horizontal part with stones and bits of turf, and the seal will become permanent. Don't worry about the height of the vertical part as the rabbits will try to dig under close to the vertical part and won't try to jump over the top.
Alternatively, if you can locate the entry point, get a humane rabbit cage/trap. Positioned correctly, you may not need to even bait it. When caught, you can then find the rabbit a new home.
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! I gave It a shoo early one morning and never saw It again. It was a baby one.

Do you go in for "welly wanging" at village fetes, then ? ? ?  Cheesy
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@shutter Yes, think this year I will try a left welly with the one handed technique.
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Twy wabbit wecipes posted awound the hedge
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SWMBO says I had rabbit in Ukraine she just didn't tell me at the time. If that's the case then it tasted remarkably like chicken!
The chicken wire may not be feasable as neither the wall on one side or the fence on the other appear to be our responsibility. They are high, though at around 6'. There i a hole at the end of the garden through the shed which can be blocked.
Quite like the idea of wellie throwing - need to be reasonably accurate, though Cheesy

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There`s nowt to stop you putting chicken wire on your side of the "fence" and securing it to said "fence".... would suggest burying the bottom 12 inches, if you think the rabbit is likely to burrow under..
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I use dried peas fired from a fish bait catapult, to dissuade Cats and Elephants.
It works for the Elephants, and to a lesser extent the Cats.
I've never hit either yet, but the sound of the dried peas hitting the wooden shed is enough to scare them.
And the dried peas are environmentally friendly !
The Birds love the peas, which encourages the Cats..........
And so it goes on !
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I use dried peas

I use frozen peas and a metre long pea shooter to discourage pigeons from perching on my roof.
Works very well.
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Air rife, casserole pot or pie dish are my recommendations.
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SWMBO says I had rabbit in Ukraine she just didn't tell me at the time. If that's the case then it tasted remarkably like chicken!

You never had Game pie in a rural English pub? High probability it would have had rabbit in it.