My first batch of “barnyard mix”, blue & green eggs, are in the incubator. It’s day four, so I candled the eggs. Six of about 15 are definitely fertile and developing. The rest are … questionable. Some are more questionable than others. There were a few cold nights/days during the time I was collecting those… Continue reading Hatching Eggs
It’s not pretty, but the nest box has been expanded. It’s not pretty because it’s a bunch of scrap wood from other projects or trashed from a friend who gets large shipping crates. I work with what I can get, and “scraps free” make things … easier. Previously, the top section was a single, long… Continue reading Expanded Nest box
Warning: Gratuitous bunny pictures ahead. 🙂
After being deeply irritated by the last few weeks of fodder issues, I’ve decided that it’s the seed itself. The last batch of bag giving me problems was started 2 days ago, and I just picked four or five patches of white fuzzy seeds off of it. Bleh. I have rearranged the fodder shelf, with… Continue reading Moldy Seed
We’ve been SICK. Accordingly, I have tried hard to minimize my handling and the rabbits’ exposure to me directly. I’ve had antibiotics for two and a half days now, so felt safe(r) handling the fluffbutts. So far, all three of the currently nursing litters are doing well. The weather’s been all over the place for… Continue reading Open Eyes
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