Hi everyone. We generally see a few adult rabbits all spring/summer long in our yard, and love that they seem to know us because they don't run when we walk nearby. This morning my husband and I watched for hours as one of the rabbits made a nest - digging a shallow hole, filling it with grass and the like. Problem is, the nest is in the middle of our backyard, not along the side under the protective hedges or trees, and our yard is scheduled to be mowed this coming Wednesday.
We're thinking of going to the local hardware superstore and picking up some type of fencing that will let the mowers know to avoid the area but will still let the rabbits back in. Should we do this? We don't know when the mama rabbit will be having the babies (we're assuming that she's pregnant) but we're worried about two things - 1) even if there are no babies yet we don't want the rabbit's hard work to all go up in smoke, and 2) what the mowers could do to tiny baby bunnies.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks very much for your help!
I assume that what ever you did, has already happened. If I had seeen this post earlier, I would have told you that females make their nests a couple days before they give birth. So she would have given birth a few days later if she was pregnant at alll. If it happens again, wait a couple days and see what happens. A female may give birth. Although I find it quite odd she would leave it out in the open, do you live near a forest that has foxes or predators? If not, she probably is not afraid. But she might also feel safe and comfortable in your yard, so that also may be an 'option'. I hope it all worked out.