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That horrid mixxy.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by mikey3175, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. mikey3175

    mikey3175 Engaging Member

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    Reading through the hunting threads and noticed there a hell of alot of mixxy about.

    Horrid man-made disease .

    Mikey.
     
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    Two years ago, in a half mile radius of home, we were over run with rabbits, today ... none ! All down to mixxy, I only used to take two rabbits at a time, have an elderly neighbour who loves them for the pot.
     
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    Shocking, can't believe it was done on purpose when people knew the suffering it would cause. We'll never learn though.
     
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    yep i agree and worse still my best permissions have it.
     
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    The only good thing is over the years rabbits are building a higher and higher immunity to it and not all rabbits die from it,so the immunity gets passed on to each generation and the immunity gets stronger. I do not kill rabbits now with it unless they are clearly on their last legs therefore giving them a chance to recover and pass the immunity on.Whoever introduced myxy can have had no concsience as its bloody awfull way to control rabbit numbers and still makes me angry thinking about the suffering it causes.
     
  6. Kyska

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    Lol, so you ignore the ones beginning to get ill, which will die terribly once the disease gets a hold, How do you recognise the 'chosen ones' that won't die a horrible death?

    It's not all bad, saves us 1000's of pounds in crop damage and it costs me nothing in ammunition, job jobbed.

    Its not as if the rabbit population needs a hand to breed.
     
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    On my way to RR there's a church and farm along the road side lots of mixi rabbits just sitting there people are stopping to let them cross the road getting out and helping them. Wife and I have to avoid hitting them as I don't want contamination on our wheels and bring it bacteria to our area.
     
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    I had this discussion a few months ago on one of my busiest shoots on a caravan park in Dumfriesshire

    One lady was objecting to me shooting them on the basis that a certain percentage might survive. Her immediate neighbour was asking me to put them out of their misery and commended me for having the wherewithal to do it.

    I asked her to point out which ones of the hundreds we could see I should leave, and which I could shoot :rolleyes:

    It has been suggested that the survival rate in some areas could be as high as 35% while in Australia the mortality rate from the disease has dropped to an estimated 25% (depending on which research you subscribe to).

    I culled over 100 in a day on that shoot - call me anything you like but I wasn't going to leave them to suffer like that on the basis that some of them might survive.

    The problem with the above stats is their failure to take other influencing factors into account:

    1. predation
    2. weather
    3. accident
    4. other...

    Basically, whether to rabbit might survive or not is compounded by the fact that while it is terribly ill it is far more likely to fall to predation, or succumb to adverse weather conditions, but run over/trodden on or any one of a number of other things.

    Anyhoo, I agree that its a despicable disease :(
     
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    I remember the first time I ever saw it. I was walking along on one of my farms when I had my SGC 28 years ago and suddenly I sense something just to my left. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A rabbit hopping slowly along TOWARDS ME! I lifted the gun ready to shoot as an auto response I guess but then realised immediately that something wasn't right here. I lowered the gun and it came right up to my feet :eek:. My first and only so far encounter with myxi. It's eyes were all puffed out but the worse was the "greenish" putrid looking pus coming from them :(. It looked dreadful. Then I knew what had to be done, so I actually had to move back several paces from it as it just sat there doing nothing. I shot it and put it out of it's misery. An experience I have always remembered and hope not to see again. It wasn't in the area I live, but a farm maybe 10 miles away. Strange after all these years it's still killing so many rabbits.

    Andy :)
     
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    At the end of the day with very few exceptions we should shoot every rabbit we see. We are there for pest control not to be rabbit welfare officers.

    It's a horrible disease and no one likes to see it but it does keep a balance in the countryside. It is very seldom that major gassing operations are needed ect. And it has not been needed to license any rabbit poisons apart from phostoxin gas.
    A bit of shooting and ferreting along with mixy, predation ect keeps a balance.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    It's not all bad, saves us 1000's of pounds in crop damage and it costs me nothing in ammunition, job jobbed.

    Its not as if the rabbit population needs a hand to breed.

    YOU serious..as long as your ok jack.......

    KYSKA..your an idiot my freind...as long as your ok then the worlds a better place..

    antis love pillocks like you...

    Big up for KYSKA lady's n gents...

    cant believe you actually sent that!!!!

    Mikey
     
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    I guess from a "shooting/sport/hobby" point of view though, myxi is NOT good for us ;). Good for farmers yes of course. Would prefer to see fields full of em hopping about myself as I often used to years ago. Think of the sport old boy lol :)

    Andy :)
     
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    I think on today's farms though things would never get to that stage. Once large numbers of rabbits build up, and start to cost a farm large amounts of money more industrial methods of control are used Gassing warrens, quad bike and shotgun, fencing in warrens ect ect.
    The way things are now suit the sports shooter who wants a couple of rabbits every week for the pot in my view.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    I hope we have as a generation too move on from the horrid mixxy..too think some-one would actually introduce it make me shudder!!!
     
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    I understand that point of view and there's no doubt large rabbit numbers on very big farms (Especially certain types of farms), are a serious problem costing farmers a lot of money/problems. Believe it or not though, there are "some" farms where farmers are shall we say, not overly concerned with a small to medium sized rabbit population. A lot of Welsh sheep/cattle, mountain/hill farms couldn't care less one way or another about rabbits as long as there isn't a plague of them. No, what really bothers those type farms are FOXES!! The farmers hate them with a passion lol ;). Think lambs, chickens, ducks and geese and mention foxes to a farmer "round these ere parts" and watch him bust several blood vessels and stand way back lol :D ;)

    Andy :)
     
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    Getting a little away from the op's original post.
    But that is the point I am trying to make.

    On your welsh hill farm while we hate the disease if there were no mixy regulating rabbit numbers the farmers would be using industrial control methods rather than letting a couple of sports shooters take a few rabbits for the pot. So actually the current situation is probably good for sports shooters.
    We are not that keen on foxes also :)
    Cheers Andy
     
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    We are not in disagreement and I understand the point you are making. I just like to look back to a time when there were an estimated 110 - 150 Million rabbits in these British Isles. That estimation today is only 40 - 50 Million at best. Looked at that way, that's less rabbits than Human beings in this country. Personaly, I'd rather see more rabbits than humans, but that's just me ;)

    Andy :)
     
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    It seems to come in cycles, about 5 years apart & takes about 3 for the population to bounce back, so roughly every 10 years.
    Up here ours has just bounced back & they're everywhere now. I shot one on my drive a couple of weeks ago. My wife said "See if you can get a nice rabbit for the weekend", I walked out the door & pretty much came right back in with a nice big doe .

    This is the view out of the back of one of my barns: [​IMG]
     
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    Whatever, cool your tits mate, if you had the financial loss we have on the farm from rabbit damage, you'd have the same attitude, couldn't give a monkeys about 'the antis', and if you think before you open it, what am I to do? Prevent myxy? Or say the truth that myxy actually is good for our farmland?

    Have less of the insults as well, you'll get on better here.
     
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    here here and also the ones that are left if able to find their way back to the burrows will just spread more infected fleas.
     

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