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Fylith
Jun 27, 2017 8:35 AM CST
My free range Warren rabbits keep dying with no wounds. I looked all over my yard and only found the rye grass, clover, and this plant. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 27, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like a plantain (Plantago sp.). Maybe not this exact one but just as an example:

Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jun 27, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Just read where they typically live less than a year.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 27, 2017 5:29 PM CST
The rabbits or the plants?
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crawgarden
Jun 27, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Wabbits
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 27, 2017 6:15 PM CST
I know that in the wild rabbits live in warrens. I have had some experience with feral rabbits being released by former pet owners. Are your rabbits wild or are they feral domestic rabbits?

Please, what do you mean when you say "Warren rabbits"? Warren being capitalized as if it is a proper name.
Are you referring to a cetain breed?

This link tells me that you have several breeds in your state and there is a hunting season for rabbits:
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/res... rabbits can I hunt?
Hunters can take brush rabbit, Nuttal’s cottontail, and eastern cottontail, snowshoe hare, black-tailed jackrabbit.
Certain species are protected and cannot be hunted; white-tailed jackrabbit, pygmy rabbit.

Do you have photos of your rabbits? Thank You!

There are any number of diseases and or parasites that can lead to death. Here is an example of a listing of problems that rabbits can suffer.
http://ir.library.oregonstate....

Also, please, what is the size of your property? It could be that the rabbits are feeding elsewhere and you may need to look further afield to find the culprit.

The best way to know exactly what is killing your rabbits is to transport a recently deceased rabbit (or more than one) to a local laboratory to be tested. Back in the day when we raised domestic rabbits for food/fun/profit, I drove to the local university where they performed a necropsy on one of my rabbits and gave me a definitive diagnosis so I could save the rest of my rabbits from illness and death.

Another thought. Not a good thought. Since there seem to be plenty of rabbits in Oregon, so many that the hunters go after them, perhaps one of your near neighbors does not appreciate the rabbits and may be poisoning them??
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 27, 2017 6:22 PM CST
There are a few articles on the web about clover causing bloat in rabbits, FWIW.

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