So far, the two chocolate kits are doing well. My current intent is to give those two a chance to become the establishing baseline for a chocolate line in the breeding program. But we’ll see. One issue so far is that while I love the breed, I’m fairly convinced the breeder of most of my… Continue reading Chocolates
Bunnies First, since I failed to mention: Missy had her kits yesterday at some point. I believe I counted six heads when I checked her box out in the late afternoon. It’s her first litter, and I was concerned that they weren’t rolly-polly bellied babies. When I went back out later to check on the… Continue reading Rabbit Spaghetti Sauce (Ragu)
Mystique did well, with a litter of six large kits. Two are chocolates, four are blacks. They appear to be healthy, so I’m hopeful this litter survives. Missy still hasn’t kindled, but she’s so pregnant. She definitely will. This is her first round, so she will probably take a little longer. She might be chilling… Continue reading But wait, there’s more!
Duchess had 8. One is a true runt, actually half the size of its siblings. I haven’t seen actual runts often. It’s got even odds for survival. But all of them were round-bellied squirmers, so she’s doing a fine job already. Mystique and Missy have pulled fur, but no kits yet. Mystique took 31 days… Continue reading Babies!
Fodder The Awkwardly Placed Fodder Tower is now at full production. It looks like each tray will provide 3.25 to 3.75 pounds of sprouted fodder, under the best yields I have gotten so far. Three trays yields about 10.5 pounds, which works out to 21 servings. Looks like this will be enough to satiate the… Continue reading Fodder & Frustrations
A lot of homesteaders have likely heard about aquaponics over the years. Aquaponics is the practice of raising fish and plants in a symbiotic system. Basically, you raise the fish, and the fish food is the primary nutrient “intake”. Fish eat the food, and excrete waste into the water. The water is pumped into a… Continue reading Mini Aquaponics
My general intent with this blog is NOT to discuss the daily trivialities of life or personal drama. Nor is it to brag about my wonderful kidlet and husband. That’s why I deliberately gloss over such comments in broad sweeping terms. However, I should talk about the migraines in greater detail. Mainly to highlight, for… Continue reading Constraints
The French Black Copper Marans cockerels and F2 Easter Eggers have six new little fluff butted roommates now. We picked up three more Ameracauna pullets and three Black Astralorp pullets last night. I ran out of J-clips while working on a 30″x24″ cage with tray slot, and had to run out for those. I did… Continue reading Chicks
The last several days have been … busy. I’ve had just enough time to set up the day’s fodder batch and leave for work. Upon coming home, just enough time to feed everyone and go to bed, basically. This isn’t even our busy season! Blah. These are the stories of having a day job. 😛… Continue reading Fodder Woes
I will start off with the obligatory complaint about the weather: Who ordered more snow and cold? You suck. It’s not quite historic cold, but it’s not far off. I really don’t appreciate this. With that out of the way: Thursday, I took advantage of having a pack of freeze-dried butternut lasagna in my drawer… Continue reading Brrr