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Feeding the Rabbits

on February 6, 2022
(Wild Rabbits – Photo by Dawn Pisturino)

No matter how hot or cold it is outside, our adopted wildlife demand to be fed. And when my daughter visits, she regresses back to her childhood, delighting in spoiling the bunny rabbits. She generally arrives with grocery bags full of carrots and lettuce. The bunnies love it. And, once word gets out, we usually end up with twice as many rabbits as usual. The bunnies are very trusting and will hop right up to you, eager for their meal. And when we don’t get out to feed them at the usual time, they start gathering before the front porch and stand there like little statues until we bring out the food. They truly are delightful to watch!

Dawn Pisturino

February 6, 2022

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18 responses to “Feeding the Rabbits

  1. Timothy Price says:

    They are cute. We have a few bunnies that hang around. They have all kinds of natural food to eat on our property. When we had a lot of raccoons around, they would come up and stand in front of the French doors and beg. We never feed them purposely, but when we had an outside cat, we would forget to bring her food in and the raccoons and skunks would eat it. For years after that kitty died, generations of raccoons would come up and beg at the door. Since the arrival of the Great Horned Owls, I rarely see raccoons on the property. We still have a few skunks, but very few as compared to before the GHOs.

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    • We have a hawk that hangs around and attacks and kills a bird once in a while. And then, an owl started hanging around, but I haven’t seen him lately. If we weren’t having such a bad drought, we probably wouldn’t feed them. But there’s nothing for them to eat. The jackrabbits will try to eat the cactus.

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  2. Girl, bless you for looking out for your resident creatures. What don’t you guys feed Dawn? LOL 😁 First the coyotes, now the rabbits? Girl, your place is the hang out for the all-you-can-eat buffet!!! 😜 Love it and have a marvelous day my friend! πŸŒžπŸ’πŸŒŸ

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  3. Iowa Life says:

    There’s a small lake north of town where the waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans, coots) that don’t normally associate in warm weather, all band together in the winter to keep this one pool free from ice (I assume by paddling their feet and flapping around). I wonder if feeding/watering of animals is mostly something we do as we get older? Or if young people do it too?

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    • For us, it began a long time ago. And my daughter has always been a big animal person. It’s hard for people who live in the city to understand. We live in a rural area where the animals are being challenged by drought conditions. That makes them more aggressive about finding food and water, and also makes them more willing to form a symbiotic relationship with us. We get pleasure out of watching them and interacting with them, and they get food and water and a chance to survive. We have adapted to each other. We are very protective of our wildlife, and they enjoy being talked to and fed.

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  4. Iowa Life says:

    It just occurred to me what a barren landscape you have there! I don’t know how they survive, compared to lush Iowa or your native Indiana.

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  5. Love this! I’m a big bird feeder here and consequently our yard is filled with color and song.

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  7. Phil says:

    So much fun, “…grocery bags full of carrots and lettuce” πŸ‡πŸ‡

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