Chickens · Garden · Rabbits

Long day

After several days of being barely functional due to migraine, I managed to beat it back early this afternoon. Naturally, this meant I had to shoehorn in all of the tasks I meant to accomplish on Saturday AND Sunday only on about half of Sunday.

Accordingly, I’m a bit tired. šŸ™‚

Two of the current litters are now box-less, which opens up quite a bit of room for them. Here’s a video of one litter enjoying their fodder. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen this batch grazing.

Kits enjoying fodder.

Of the thirteen harvest-age rabbits, twelve are now chilling on ice to age. The thirteenth received a temporary stay of execution. He’s exactly what I wanted to get out of that cross … except for that minor issue of being “he.” But, being male, he potentially can breed at 3 or 4 months, so I can get a litter or two with his characteristics, without keeping another full buck. Maybe. That’s the temporary thought, at least.

I have two does due this week — actually, the dams for the two litters I just harvested. One has been scratching all of her feed out for a week. So I gave her, the other doe, and the Palomino that’s due in a week or so, all nest boxes tonight. The “wasting feed all over the place” doe immediately set about building her nest. Maybe she’s going to kindle early? Or just likes to be prepared. I hope she stops dumping all her feed out, at least.

Spring-time mucking-out also occurred. I hate the garden cart. It rolls to the side on the slightest slope … and basically the entire backyard is a significant slope. The only thing good about the cart is it is narrow enough to fit through the run’s gate.

But I am definitely going to have to acquire a replacement.

Since it was primarily rabbit manure mixed with hay, the muck-out went straight into the newer of the garden beds, which needed to be filled. In this pause between rabbit-and-chicken tasks, I really need to get the garden going.

OTOH, the fall planted garlic is growing well, and it looks like the blueberries and most of the raspberry/blackberry/strawberries survived the vicious freeze.