BEING BORN AGAIN
Breeding work may begin in January and continue in September. However, more than 90% of rabbit births occur between March and August.
Most dating activities are done in the evening and in the early morning. About 28 days after mating, the kids are born, and they are weaned. The females, called ‘females,’ form a nest which is usually a small pressure on the excavated soil with the female’s forefoot. It is made of grass and leaves and is covered with hairs that have been removed from the female’s chest and abdomen. If a nest is discovered, do not disturb it. The female-only returns to the nest a few times a day in the nest to prevent predators. Placing a small stick on top of the nest will allow you to see if the female is back. If the rod is removed it is possible for the female to return and the nest is not left. If you still have concerns about an orphaned/injured animal you can contact a licensed wildlife herd for help.
a cottontail rabbit
At birth, the young are hairless, blind, and weigh less than an ounce. Young rabbit
s grow fast, and by the end of the first week, their eyes open. When they are 14 days old, they begin to leave the nest to eat the leafy greens. Over the next few days, they may return to the nest to nurse at night, spending the day eating nearby. Babies are completely weaned between 4 and 5 weeks of age. By this time, they are well developed and able to survive on their own and are usually dispersed in the nest area by 7 weeks of age. Females are able to give birth at 3 months of age and can give birth in their first year.
The female is able to mate again on the day when the kids are born and can start having a second litter. The size of the debris can range from 1-9 young, an average of 4-5 per liter. Although it can hold up to six liters a year, the average is 3-4. By 6 months of age, the young adult was still large and difficult to distinguish from adults. Rabbits invest a lot of energy in breeding and little in the survival of adults. The average life expectancy at birth is only 4 months.
Eating habits Rabbits are opportunistic feeders who eat almost no vegetation. Some studies have shown up to 145 species of plants in the diet of rabbits. They prefer the material of small plants and the types of food vary by season and availability.
Fresh shoots of grass and clover.
Soybeans Autumn and winter food
The bark of shoots and seedlings.
Rabbit food can also be a nuisance to landowners. Almost anyone who finds a freshly cut plant or a barked tree may view cotton as a pest; however, the rabbit is accused of some damage done to rats, squirrels, and other rodents. Several types of expulsions have been used with mixed success. Probably the only sure way to prevent damage is to use a 1/2-inch piece of hardware or a 1-inch mesh net cut 12 to 18 inches long. This is built into a cylinder, placed next to the seedling, and forced into the ground to hold it upright. This will protect the plant for several years from rats and rabbits.
ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL
Rabbits eat plants
Rabbits are known for food grown in gardens or flower beds. To protect your garden or a piece of berries, place a chicken fence at least 2 feet high, or a strong piece of hard ground material fall to the ground and cover a few inches. Make sure the mesh is 1 inch or less. Remove piles of brushes and another cover near the garden to make a few rabbit hiding places.
Place a dome or chicken coop on a small flower bed to allow endangered plants such as tulips to start growing before leaving them unprotected.
If you want to catch or shoot rabbits, you will need permission from the DNR, or you will need to use those legal methods only during open hunting (guns can only be used when it is legal). Live cage traps (wire or wood) lured with dried apples or dried ear corn can work well for catching cottontail rabbits.
Encouraging rabbits’ natural enemies such as hawks, owls and foxes can help control rabbits.
Rabbits like pets
It is illegal to own wildlife, including cottontail rabbits, without special permits.