rabbit feeders

Discussion in 'Rabbit Hunting and Beagling' started by Lduckdog15, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. hey FB did you post on Arkansas Hunting .net a while back about using buckets and pipe with salt for rabbit feeders if so hows this working out for you and could you give us an update.
     
  2. FB

    FB Administrator Staff Member

    I just busted up some salt blocks with a sledge hammer and scattered them out in thickets. Beagleman is the one that made the salt feeders. Crofford might have made some too, I cant remember for sure.

    As far as what I tried, I havent noticed any more rabbits than I had before I put out the salt.
     

  3. Crofford

    Crofford New Member

    I made some feeders I have jumped a few rabbits near them but can't tell that there are any more rabbits than before.
     
  4. how do you make a rabbit feeder
     
  5. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    What kind of feed would you use for rabbits? They eat the corn from my deer feeders but so does everything else. Do any of you plant any kind of rabbit habitat and if you do what do you plant and when?
     
  6. Crofford

    Crofford New Member

    I'll try to take a picture of one that I built.I buy salt blocks then crush them up with a hammer and fill the feeder.
     
  7. RKW

    RKW Active Member



    Salt Blocks? Could you elaborate please? Thanks:headscratch:
     
  8. I know of guys who would take 6 inch pvc pipe in a 4 foot length then put a 90* elbow at the bottom. The 90* elbow keeps enough feed in the pipe so it doesn't all come out onto the ground at ounce. You can attach these to trees or put a post in the ground to hold it up. All you have to do is put something on the top to keep the water out and gravity does the rest. As the rabbits eat the pellets, corn or what ever your feeding them more comes out the bottom until its empty.
     
  9. FB

    FB Administrator Staff Member

    Ive seen feeders similar to what tomsyellowbreeches is describing at several different beagle clubs.

    Most of em cut a small plastic barrel in half longways and mount it so that it will help keep the feed dry and also protect the rabbits from flying predators.

    Salt blocks are 50 lb blocks of salt that are put in pastures for cattle. Theyre not that expensive, maybe 6 or 7 bucks. You buy one of those then take a hammer and bust it into smaller pieces and scatter it around the property. Ive always heard that rabbits need alot of salt and that it will help them with reproduction, etc.

    Ill see if I can find a picture of one but you basically take a 5 gallon bucket and cut a hole in the side of it at the bottom big enough for a rabbit to get into, then put some of the busted up pieces of salt on the inside and put the top back on it.
     
  10. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    FB what about using a spinner type feeder as I have a problem with hogs so I can't tie a tube on the side of the tree? Do you use rabbit pellets in the feeder or is there something better?
     
  11. FB

    FB Administrator Staff Member

    I dont know much about feeding rabbits to be honest.

    I guess a spinner type feeder would work but youd be feeding anything that walked up there plus pellets probably wouldnt be a good idea for one of those because theyd be getting wet from rain, dew, etc.

    I did a search on Google for rabbit habitat and got quite a few results. You might try that and get some ideas.
     
  12. Planted clover around my pasture for the deer, but you should have seen the rabbits in the early fall. They tell me that the clover will last for about 3-5 years too.
     
  13. RKW

    RKW Active Member

    I have 81 and 1/2 acres here at my place with trails to get around on throughout most of it. When the grass was green I saw rabbits by the wazoo everyday but now I just see a few now and then. I am going to plant all of the right of ways on my place so I can just turn loose on rabbits when I want too. I should have at least planted winter ryegrass last fall. I know this isn't enough land to run on but I think I can run a couple of medium speed dogs and stay on the property. The back 40 is cut over with pines about 10' to 20' tall with a briar patch here and there and generally thick in places. I wonder if there is anything you guys could recommend planting that rabbits like in particular?