Sunday, June 10, 2012

New kid

There's a new kid in the Mucky Boots flock, and it ain't a chicken. It's a rabbit. 

We first spotted it a couple of weeks ago, hanging out in the back pasture where the chicken tractor and chicken yurt are, and now we see it every day. Just a regular rabbit, but it doesn't seem afraid of either us or the grown-up chickens wandering around very close by. Gump and his flock cruise around the pasture eating grass and bugs, and there's the rabbit right beside them, nibbling back dandelion stems like pasta strands. Does s/he think s/he just blends in?

We're charmed, even though the little bugger has found a way into my vegetable garden and is helping itself to my lettuce...

...but we're also a little concerned, because Miss Comfort Queen herself, Petunia the cat, is an expert and somewhat bloodthirsty rabbit hunter. We know this because a few times a year she leaves the bottom half of one on the door mat. (Yes, the bottom half - neatly severed at the waist line, and no, we don't know what she is doing with the top half. Perhaps that's where the tastiest bits are.) We love our Petunia, and want her to live out her kitty destiny, but we'd rather she left this particular rabbit alone.

Come to think of it, Petunia gives the adult chickens a wide berth - after all, most of them are bigger than she is. So maybe our rabbit is hanging out with the chickens for a little protection.

What a smart rabbit.


jeanives said...

Charmed, rabbit, and lettuce just don't go together.

Paula said...

are you sure it's a rabbit? It could be a hare.

the differences between a rabbit and a hare are that the hare's young are born precocious- fur, eyes bright, and all that. Rabbit's young are born altricial, or naked and their eyes are shut tight, totally helpless.

Failing getting into the nest the easiest way to tell the difference between a rabbit and a hare is that rabbits have very short forelegs, and hares have very long

I am glad that you guys are dealing with this because if I had one more varmint to contend with, I think I'd go mad.

as a March hare.

Alison said...

I'm rapidly losing my tolerance for rabbits, as I lose all possibilities of actually harvesting any ripe tomatoes this year. We recently figured a rabbit fence would cost more than it's I'm thinking it's time to put that money toward some raised beds.

In other words: stupid rabbits.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mir great stuff. I was on the U of C campus on the weekend for the big economics conference, that place had been taken over by rabbits! So be careful! Luv Jimbo

Miriam said...

Today's news flash: short legs - it's a rabbit!

Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies said...

Dude. Chicken yurt? You guys rock.

And I think that fuzzy mint is sometimes pineapple or orange mint. I know that I had a stand of pineapple mint that had very broad leaves and was very fuzzy. Crush it with your fingers and wiff quickly - is there an overtone of orange or pineapple?

Holly House said...

You can't throw a stone in our neighborhood without hitting a rabbit. Aside from our fencing, today I sprinkled red pepper powder on our more plagued plants to try and keep whatever was eating them at bay. A little dash of it on your lettuce might have him hopping back to the dandelions!

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