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I know we have rabbits around, and it looks like they couldn't get to the tall ones. I also have a fully fenced backyard, but have seen mice/rats and rabbits in my backyard occasionally. This was hopefully going to be my first year with figs!! =( =(

I got a few trees to feed the fig addiction late last year, now I think 2-3 are left but have damage. Also, my favorite ones/rarer ones are of course the ones that got eaten to the dirt. =(

Maybe next year? >=(

Any idea of what it could be that decided eating dormant fig trees was the bees knees?

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Could be rabbits, maybe even rats. There's a main sewer in my garden that rats periodically come out of but there is an abundance of cats, foxes and badgers in the rural area I live in so I'm hoping to avoid your misfortune.

Really sorry your plants are so badly damaged.

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Dont worry they will fruit for you this year also. its a lesson for next year though to plan a net of some sort..
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That hurts to see.  I hope you can find a deterrent!
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Looks like tree rat family aka squirrels/chipmunks... my chipmunks were so bad last year that I actually had to cut out and place 1/4" chicken wire and latte circles on the tops of all my pots to keep them from digging. Several blueberry bushes completely dug out of ground. I put traps on top of the wire and nailed several of the worst offenders and had a number of missed hits as well... Hope it doesn't happen again this year but I will plan for it... Thanks for the reminder!
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Were they on the ground or on the table when the damage occurred? If they were elevated, I agree, likely squirrels. 
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Dear Friend, I am in PNW as well, I have same problem, My potted small fig trees are eaten down to base, very sad, It is very hard to get cuttings in Canada, It is Squirrel that I saw them at night, They can not find food now and very hungry, I end up feeding them some peanuts, Avocado pits etc, I am trying to get mouse trap to catch them.

I think that fig trees, At the winter time, it converts its sap to skin as anti-freeze, When temperature is warmer,  it converts them back to tree in form of sugar and soften their branches ready to wake up from dormancy, Potted fig trees wake up earlier and Rats/squirrels can not find other food, They become target of eaten. In ground fig trees wake up later than many trees and their branches are harder, it is less problem of eaten by squirrels.




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I have not had a problem with squirrels, yet, and have a ton of them We have grey squirrels, I know black squirrels are much more aggressive.

Barn/swamp rats devoured an 8'x10corn patch in two nights and the damage looked like your figs, but they did not touch the figs. They were busy with the tomato, peppers and corn. They even took jalapenos.

 Do deer eat fig plants? They seem to eat most other plants. I would try multiple deterrents. One for deer, Tom Cat bait for the rats and shoot the squirrels. Figs first, let God sort them out, or something like that. No mercy when it comes to the fig plants.
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Mike... Deer don't eat figs... the latex puts any smart deer... I fawn may try a nibble... but only once.... Deer mow my yard every day and have ready access to figs... nope... not a touch....
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both bunnies n rats will do that kinda damage.
1/2'' wire mesh is the only  thing that will stop them.
cylinders around each tree works but an L shaped bunny barrier attached to the bottom of your fence is
better.
poison is also nice.

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Gremlins.....Definitely!
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It looks like the jack rabbit damage my friend has this winter. So my guess would be rabbits. It won't make much difference in fruiting assuming you can protect from here on.
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Rabbits. They chewed my new blackberries to shreds this winter. Looks exactly like that. Little bastards!
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I feel for you, looking at those damages. I have groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, and deer problems here too. It's always the battle with wild ones and guess what? I always lose...tiring, only cuz I got really tired of fighting them.
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Rabbits. They chewed my new blackberries to shreds this winter. Looks exactly like that. Little bastards!


Without going into details.... rabbits are good eats...

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   ....rabbits are good eats...


  Especially when they've been eating blackberries!

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  Especially when they've been eating blackberries!


Amen!

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rabbits caused me to buy my first handgun.
i suffered more than $200 in damage to figs n ornamental plants.
then they cost thousands in  bunny barrier construction plus hundreds of hours of hard labor,

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Rabbits + Squirrels + Compound Bow = Dinner.... 
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  Especially when they've been eating blackberries!

Indeed. But they frown on shooting animals in town.

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Indeed. But they frown on shooting animals in town.


Snares.... I know that short of a survival situation, snares aren't very humane but I guess it comes down to making a decision that you are comfortable with... figs or rabbits. 

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If you want to keep every manner of critter big or small away from any plant, follow my instructions in this post....They will never touch anything in your garden.... twice anyhow

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/how-to-keep-my-dog-away-from-my-fig-trees-8445440?pid=1295126091#post1295126091



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Joe, I had a ghost pepper plant on my deck last year, someone (squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, who knows what), took a bite into one pepper and left the other half of the pepper hanging from the plant! Those ghost peppers can burn a hole in a human stomach but yet, that did not deter them from coming back for more. It never ceases to amaze me of what these critters will do to eat.
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How many peppers did you lose of that plant to critters over the season? I doubt the same pest came back...It's a matter of teaching them that your place is not the place to be... If I can use this stuff and only lose 20 or 50 fruit in the course of a season to the little thieves... I consider it a success. In the past I've had lost large parts of my garden to our local scourge -  The squirrels. We have nearly no raccoons due to numerous coyote and the rabbits seem to be kept in check by a good hawk population. The squirrels however seem to be immune... I was on the verge of adopting an entire cat rescue, until I was turned on to this method. 
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Snares.... I know that short of a survival situation, snares aren't very humane but I guess it comes down to making a decision that you are comfortable with... figs or rabbits. 

I already thought of that. But the first time one of them starting to squeal, every neighbor would be calling the cops.

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Thank you for the replies and suggestions. I too have come to the conclusion that it was rabbits. They left them alone in the summer and fall, but I guess during winter, dormant fig trees become the tastiest fodder available.

It looks like a couple of the bigger ones might make it, and I'm praying the ones eaten down to the dirt or close too it will pop back up.

These figs were gifted to me by kiwibob which makes it even worse.

Please keep my figs in your prayers. I'll keep everyone updated and I'm going to get premature arthritis due to crossing my fingers 24 hours a day...

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Rat traps and peanut butter, there nothing but tree rats.
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I have some very similar damage this year as well.  A couple of the smaller plants were eaten down to the ground.  A few plants had tips/buds gnawed off.
Especially hard hit was the Strawberry Verte and Smith plants.

I keep my plants in a couple of protected areas including my greenhouse throughout the winter months.  The greenhouse was where the most damage was done.  The plants in the carport were untouched, which is the only area the rabbits can get into, and we have lots of rabbits.  Never had a problem with them except they do eat my peas and bean.

When I first saw the damage, I thought it was mice, and set out some special food for them.  It wasn't touched but the gnawing continued. 

One day when I went into the greenhouse I saw  ratso just hanging out, and with all the damage I see, I am pretty sure this guy was the offender.

It was a RAT doing all the damage.

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I've spent almost a hundred dollars on rat poison and traps to set everywhere from my garage to my back yard, all to save fig trees I was gifted. lol


They mean much more than 100 dollars to me, and after losing some battles, I'm about to win the war...

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Maybe a trip to the cat rescue? I've seen this done with great success.... assuming you can handle a few cats.... That's why people started keeping them in the first place....
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rat traps and peanut butter, cheep,and it works on tree rats .and real pets.
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Yes I bought some cheap ones. And some not so cheap ones. I didn't realize how many rat traps there are, and decided I wanted to try several styles.lol
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The dear ate all my fruit trees but keft the fuga were on the porch. My figs are still small so I brought them invthe house over the couple of months we have winter. I haven't many squirrels as the 70+ yr old lady nezt door has a high-powere ppellet gun with a scope. I've seen 1 squirrel in 15 years!!! Evidentlyvshe is a good shot!. Now if I canbjust get my other idiot neighbor to nix the deer feeder!!

My guess is most of yor fig plants will come back. Just treat them like usual and the roots are likely still alive assuming they haven't dried out, been killed by cold or something and when it warms up shoot will come up.

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This is bad year for 1st year grower, I planted down couple fig trees without protection, Many of them are frozen dry dead now, Although there are few thousands of fig varieties , only handful of them bear sweet figs in PNW area due to cool Summer,  I dug out this 2 inches branch underground from frozen dead Jordon fig tree, it has green spots now in cups, so I think that your fig tree will be fine.
[black_jordon_roots_1] 


Here are figs from this tree, big and very sweet in late season
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you know, sometimes damage does strange things.
i had a fig that just wouldn't grow.
it got ate down till there was a 2'' stub.
when it came back it went into a growth spurt, growing by leaps n bounds.
in a few weeks it was twice as big as it was before the critter got at it.
i can't explain that, but it happened.

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My guess is that it's a rat.  I have a pomegranate tree out front, one day, I went outside, and something ate part of a big, beautiful, ripe pomegranate.  Next day, another one.  Next day, another, and this went on nightly for a couple of weeks.  Once the creature had eaten a good chunk out of each one, it started on my vegetable garden.  One by one, the plants were decimated.  Ate all the tomatoes, squash, peppers, etc.  I'd thought it was a deer at first, because the pomegranates were kind of high up.  Nope, it turned out to be a roof rat.  Tooth marks on the tomatoes was the giveaway.
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Every single one of them has yet to show signs of any budding. The ones that you can scratch the bark and are green inside still show absolutely nothing.

Looks like the member above who posted is getting a great deal of budding already compared to my total lack of buds.

Any ideas???

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Are they outdoor?
I am at PNW as well, Due to bad colder weather recently, everything are late, My spring flower is starting flowering this week, my outdoor fig trees are not yet budding.

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                SeattlePurple,  I have an extra Desert King you can have.  P.M. if you are interested.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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