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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:26 pm 

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I want to plant onions in my back yard; but have some rabbits and squirrels to contend with.

Do rabbits and/or squirrels eat onions?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:06 am 

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I can't speak for rabbits but only have had squirrels dig in the garden but not eat anything.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:45 am 

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Rabbits don't generally eat onions - the sulferous smell deters them. In fact, vets recommend against feeding pet rabbits onions, which can sicken them. Some garden forums suggest planting onions to deter rabbits. Several university extensions also suggest that rabbits do avoid onions.

For a good list of plants rabbits like (and dislike) you can visit ... abbits.pdf
Their list was complied form Ohio State.

Squirrels also generally dislike any alliums - onions or garlic. But suirrels may dig in loose earth and seem to be disturbing the bulbs.

Both creatures MAY nibble the above ground greenery, but it appears they usually don't like onions at all.

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