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  • From: "Ernest Plutko" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Rabbit nest
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 13:45:04 -0500

I read that many baby animals have little scent in the nest.

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Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Rabbit nest
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:29:14 -0400

>I was working in my fenced orchard yesterday when my dog stepped on
>something that gave out a loud squeak.
>We both started digging and I found a shallow, loose nest lined with
>soft hair and 4 adorable baby rabbits, about 3 inches below the
>of the lawn next to a mulched bed. They were apparently close to
>weaning as their eyes were open and they were about 5 inches long,
>were apparently healthy and fat (they should be fat - they were fed
>milk made from my well-cultivated but decimated soybean crop!).
>Anyway, I disposed of the nest with some mixed feelings (why do they
>have to be so darn cute?).
>I am now piling a gravel mixture mounded up along my woven wire
>fence. I
>think that rabbits have been slipping under the fence where small
>exist between the wire and the ground.
>My question is- why didn't my dogs smell those babies? It seems
>incredible to me, that my sharp-nosed hounds were lying right next to
>that nest. We never would have found it if a paw had not made a
>hit. I am concerned about other nests lurking about. There was
>certainly no visual cue that a nest existed there.
>Any thoughts on how to find these nests?
>Betsy Hilborn
>7a NC
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  • Re: [NAFEX] Rabbit nest, Ernest Plutko, 06/30/2008

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