Poison Baiting for Rabbit Control

(soft piano music) – Now what we’re going to do now is lay some pre-feed
carrot using a bait layer. The bait layer is this device here that I’m towing behind the ute. It’s designed to do a couple of things. It’s got a plough disc
on it, which cuts a furrow. And then it’s got a rotating drum which drops small amounts of carrot into the furrow that you’ve just cut. So the idea of that is so
the rabbits are attracted to the freshly turned dirt in the furrow. And then they’ll find the carrots, and start feeding on them. And then of course the idea behind free feeding is that you can then gauge how much the rabbits are going to eat, and where they’re
actually going to eat it. Which gives you a good indication then of how much poison bait to
put out in those areas. Another important thing
with the free feeding is that it trains all
the rabbits basically over a number of free feeds to go and start eating the carrot. Because with using actual poison, it’s very important that as many rabbits as possible, if not all of the rabbits get to actually start eating the carrot. (soft piano music) We’re now going to put
out using the bait layer some 1080 carrot, which
has been prepared for us. 1080 carrot being a good
option for this area. We’re well away from habitation, and sort of through our free feeding we’ve determined there’s
not risk to off target animals or anything else
with using 1080 carrot. You’ve got the option of using Pindone, which is another product. And you’ve got a different substrate that you can also use
other than carrot and oats. So it’ll all come down to
determining what’s best for your situation. What’s going to give you a
combination of the best kill, but also the minimum risk
to off target species. Okay, so an important consideration if you’re using Pindone
is the number of actual poison feeds that you use, because Pindone being an anti-coagulant. They need more than one feed
for the poison to take effect. Generally I get people
to do at least a minimum of three feeds, and that
way you’re making sure all the rabbits get at least two feeds. So any shy feeders that
haven’t really gone on the poison the first time, you
pick up with the third feed. But even sometimes a
number of even extending the amount of feeds is quite beneficial with the Pindone program, depending on where you’re doing it. One of the requirements
for the baiting program is that after you’ve done your trail. It’s important to go
back and check the trail to make sure that any areas where there’s uneaten carrots, such as this, you go around and collect it. Because if it’s left there it can provide a risk to livestock
and non target species. Once you’ve collected
all that you’ve found and also collected any dead
rabbits that you’ve found. They can be disposed of by deep burial. (soft piano music)

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