Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Prepping the Nursery
Lilah Rose noticed mama bunny first. Lilah likes to sit by the glass back door and watch "her stories" aka all the wildlife frolic in the yard and gardens. Early one morning, mama bunny nibbled as much grass as she could stuff in her cheeks and then hopped into the planter. A few moments later, she hopped out, grazed, and hopped back in again. Wash Rinse Repeat
Mama bunny worked diligently early in the morning and then hopped away who knows where for the rest of the day. She returned at dusk and worked a bit more on her nest. I took this photograph after she left for the day. The burrow is about six inches deep and 12 inches wide. The grassy nest looks comfy and inviting.
Years ago, we had bunnies nest in our vegetable garden. It was such a joy to see the baby bunnies grow up and leave the nest. I am so excited to see the nursery filled with sweet babies.
We did our research and learned as much as we could about mama and baby bunnies. Evidently, the mama gives birth to all the babies in about 15 minutes. She will nurse them at dawn and at dusk. During the day, she leaves the nest in order to draw predators away from the babies. The babies will remain in the nest for about two weeks and then they will be on their own.
Lilah Rose hasn't paid much mind to the nest. I will make certain she doesn't disturb the babies once they are born. Baby bunnies have no scent so Lilah may not even know they are there. ♥