Well it is growing closer to the time.....

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Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:19 pm

My brother reached out to the Timber company today. Lord willing, they will be clear cutting our area for our pen over the next couple months.

I know this is not an overnight job, but we will have all the tree tops left in the near 15 acres we will be fencing in there are some areas that are hay field that we will simply let grow up. It has some nice Multiflora rose on it already. We want to plant both food and cover to add to this areas as time goes on.

If you had to pick one or two great food sources and one or two great cover options what would TOP the list???

thanks so very much!!!
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by rabbitatfarm » Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:46 pm

Autumn olive would be at the top and the bottom of my list. Top because it produces browse and cover quickly. Bottom because it is terribly invasive and spreads everywhere. IF you could plant it in wide strips and mow it before it ever blossoms it might be okay. I cut some of my old stuff in the spring and by late fall the new sprouts were six feet tall. Clover is a universal green browse that grows in a variety of soils. After your clear-cut is done I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of berry canes and vegetation that will follow. Good luck and keep us posted. Pictures would be nice.

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:36 pm

thank you....I will post some pics of the whole process.

It will be fun to undertake!!
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:52 am

They are finishing up the clear cut today!!

Gonna seed out the roads in clover and pasture mix...going to selectively put out some sections of little blue stem.

Got a culvert to put in and get the fencing up to the pen area.

Going to brush hog then mow the fence path and Wade will be down to put her all together in the next month.

Man I am excited!!!

I will get pics soon...

thanks for looking and good running to all!!
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by sbeagler » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:27 pm

be sure and use endophyte free grass seeds. some pastures you notice there's no rabbits that's why. PA State University done a study it wrecks havoc a cottontails stomach like a parasite. The seed should say ENDOPHYTE FREE

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:33 am

Thank you Steve.
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:01 am

Patience has paid off...they are coming to build it in about a month...man are we excited!!

My dad retires in Feb. of 2016....guess who I am going to pay to run my dogs...lol.....
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by cris axtell/coal hill ken » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:49 am

Congrats Jim. Your going to love it . Building my starting pen was one of the best things I ever did. A running pen would be even better.
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by Aubrey Holcombe » Sat May 28, 2016 4:46 am

Yes sir,, I love my starting pens, and I have an 8 Ac-er Running pen, that is nice to rum my broke hounds inside when the Deer Season is ope here in N.E.Ga.!

The old type Ky. Fescue is also a Bad grass that folks will plant in their starting pens, and it also has the Fungus that will mess up the digestive trac in cotton tails and they will dye.

I plant Orchard Grass,, it looks a lots like the old type Ky. fescue that will kill rabbits, but it is a good cover as well as the rabbits love to eat this grass. I have experiments with all type of grass and cover is very important as the owls, and hawks will clean you out if there is much Open space. Keep an eye out for stray cats,, I have to keep live traps hand at all times bob cats are bad on the baby rabbits.

Might as well get yourself some homemade, rabbit boxes made up, as it will take a good many rabbits to stock that size running pen.

Good Luck.
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by rabbitatfarm » Sat May 28, 2016 9:08 am

I won a "cheese wheel" trap at The World Hunt. Caught two rabbits in four days. They really work!! And they are relatively easy to make compared to box traps. I used the one that I won as a pattern and made five in an afternoon.

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by DarkWater » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:38 pm

How does the Orchard grass do in the winter mths with cover???? Does it die out or what????

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by rabbitatfarm » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:31 pm

Orchard grass doesn't hold up as well as the warm-season grasses if you get a lot of snow. It will go dormant but come back in the spring. To keep it palatable it should be mowed when it gets to tall and rank.

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by Aubrey Holcombe » Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:26 am

I seldom have any Snow here in my stated, of Ga. My Orchard grass is real good for the South,, but like he said it does need to be mowed once a year, and I do that in the spring and with rain it works great, i also put out Fertilizer, once a year on all my Food plots and inside my Pens.

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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by BCBeagles » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:43 pm

Long time coming...but patience pays off.

They are building our pen this week upcoming. we worked hard their this weekend to get it all ready for fence.

Saw rabbit sign and two rabbits in the area. Going to be about 14 acres....the grasses and clover we planted last year have really taken off. Once fence is up we will go in and cut our roads back down for new growth.

To say we are excited is an understatement....it will be fun to have.

Thanks for the information on the grasses. We are going to spot plant a few areas that did not take as well as what we wanted.
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Re: Well it is growing closer to the time.....

Post by Aubrey Holcombe » Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:28 am

I been using the "Night-Guard" Red Flashing Solar, power Lights for years.. The Owls keep getting my rabbits at night !! If you see any sign, of rabbits entrails, fresh laying in your pen, then the Big Birds are going to clean you out !

These Flashing red lights, work wonders for keeping them Owls, out and they will last a long time, I have some that worked for several years, the sun keeps them charged all day and at night they come on, and flash all night,, I but four (4) of them right in the middle, of the largest food plot, pointing them in all directions, N,S.E.W. and they well worth the cost they $19,95 and will ship them free of charge..

Good Luck and keep an eye out for stray cats, they will show up and they catch your baby rabbits.

Keep Looking up!
D.R.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>>
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