Category Archives: Livestock

Blurry Bunnies

I’ve been trying to get some good photos of the rabbits but so many of my shots are just blurs, those bunnies are quick!

This is Bill. He is the most skittish of the rabbits.

Bill and Margene's butt.

Bill has black circles anround his eyes and nose, polka dots...

and a stripe down his back.

Nicki sometimes will let you pet her but she’s still pretty skittish.

 

Nicki about to take off and zoom around the room.

I'm not sure what this coloring is called in rabbits, she's calico or brindle, the camera doesn't capture how pretty her coat is.

And last is Margene. She is by far the friendliest and will come over to be petted, not just by me but Xander too (and he is in no way quiet or calm). A very brave and friendly rabbit.

 

Margene checking out rocking dog, all the rabbits like to set him rocking.

Hi Margene!

Trying to reach the hay. I love it when they stand on their hind legs like this.

They’re doing well and we’re having fun with them but I cannot wait until they are out of the house. Messy, messy creatures! We try to let them out to run around once a day. They really enjoy zipping around and it reinforces the need to build them a bunny tractor so they can have time out of their cage.

 

The bunny Grand Prix.

Rascally Rabbits

Last Sunday we went to the feed store for chicken supplies (this was before the dog attack) and we came home with chicken bedding, food, corn, and rabbit pellets, a bale of alfalfa, and three rascally rabbits! A buck, Bill, and two does, Nicki and Margene (and for anyone who gets the names we call the wild rabbit in our yard Barb).

We’re hoping to get a hutch built for them soon but for now they are spending time with us in the house. Did you know that rabbits can squeeze through the wires on a dog crate?  We didn’t but we quickly found out, now it is wrapped in chicken wire.

Sadly this is the best photo I have of them. We’ll have to do a photo shoot when Ryan is home.

Bill is white with black spots and a stripe, Nicki is sort of calico/brindle, and Margene is black.

They all seem pretty friendly and they have been amazingly tolerant of Xander’s enthusiasm. He shows them toys, draws them pictures, and of course hollers at them. Since we’ve been asked numerous times, these 3 rabbits are pets but we will be breeding them and their offspring will be “meat”.

Bad Day

Our neighbors dogs dug under the fence and attacked our chickens. Peaches is dead, I found Patty and Ren (seemingly uninjured), but Stimpy, Mariah, Aplets and Cotlets are still missing. Ryan was able to catch the dogs and put them back in their own yard and then fill in the hole where they dug under. Patty and Ren are locked in the coop and chicken yard for now. Hoping we find the others alive but from the amount of feathers I know some of them must be dead or at least severely bald! It’s been a bad day!

 

Worms

Our worm bin received a fresh batch of bedding today. It has been getting too wet so I added a bunch of shredded paper. I think I need to spend more time checking on the worms. I’ve added a weekly to do item to my list so that I stay more on top of how they’re doing. The bin is kept semi-outside in our storage closet. It probably doesn’t get too cold in there but it is obviously colder than the worms would probably like. I don’t think they’re eating much right now. Still, there seemed to be plenty of worms and coccoons so I think they’ll be fine. They’ve been out there for awhile now so I think it’ll be okay.