Public Enemy #1 …Rabbits?

This morning I started the day by making the kids pancakes and feeding our meat rabbits and chicks.

pancakes with sprinkles
pancakes with sprinkles

After everyone was fed and happy, I headed out to water the beginnings of my orchard.  The tags from the nursery said to water them once a week, but these trees are pretty unhappy if I skip even one day. Whoever typed up that tag obviously didn’t have our climate in mind.

When I got out to the trees, I was greeted by this:

chewed up tree
chewed up tree

It looks like the wild hares have been snacking on my trees. They’ve eaten the bark on a few of them, and one poor tree had been completely chewed through! Only time will tell if they will survive..

I decided to take matters into my own hands and make sure that this type of damage doesn’t happen again. The odds are stacked against them in this climate, so I need to help the poor trees along in any way I can.

I grabbed some scraps of wire fencing and a pair of wire cutters. A simple ring of fencing is all it takes to deter pesky rabbits.

fencing around tree
fencing around tree

Sometimes beauty and function can go hand in hand. This was not one of those times! A little big of ugly fencing is worth it, though, if it saves my poor fruit trees.

This afternoon we’re hoping to head out on an overnight camping trip to Horse Thief Springs in San Bernadino County. The two-year-old is feeling sick right now, so hopefully she perks up and we don’t have to cancel the trip.


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