Rabbits

Well, as if I we don’t have enough projects going on over here, we’ve added another one.

Background: To catch you up, we live in a subdivision (and old one) that does NOT have an HOA or any covenants/rules. We have wonderful neighbors who love animals on one side, and the house on the other side is up for sale so we don’t know who will be there. Our house is in the middle of a cul-de-sac so we have a wonderful over sized lot in a pie shape…it’s all pretty level and lined with trees in the back. We have a desire to become more “homestead” like and have finally started taking steps that lead in that direction. I’ve always had a garden, but this year I’ve made it much bigger with idea that I will learn to store/can/preserve the harvest. I’ve also started learning about homeopathic ways and have even taken to making my own toothpaste! I’ve already learned how to make homemade laundry soap and dish washing detergent too. We have 2 medium sized dogs, an indoor male rabbit as a pet, a guinea pig as a pet, and 2 indoor/outdoor cats.

Coming Up:

In about 2 weeks we will be getting our VERY FIRST chickens! They will be day-old chicks…more about them later.

We decided to also add more rabbits. We found a pregnant doe (female rabbit) on craigslist for sale. She is a beautiful Holland Lop and she’s solid black. She’s due to have her kits on March 11th. We just got her 2 days ago and really don’t even have a proper cage/hutch for her yet. We have to keep her separated from our male rabbit (buck), so she is in a large dog crate (the kind you use when traveling on an airplane with a dog). It’s plenty of space, so it seems to work for now. She’s already making her nest which usually doesn’t happen until right before they give birth, so maybe that’s a good sign that she knows what she’s doing! The father is a Mini Rex (brown/white) with velvet fur. We should have some wonderful color variation and some lop and some straight ears on the bunnies. The kids are SO excited about it. We plan to sell the babies (just in time for Easter).

We’ve spent the last 2 days working on building a Rabbit Tractor. I really want them to be able to have room to hop around and get fresh grass and sunshine rather than being kept in a rabbit hutch which is just a small square. Right now our male rabbit, Elwood, is in a cage inside. We let him out to run around a couple times a week, but he never gets to be outside or eat real grass. 😦 He was a wild bunny, so I know he misses those things. We searched and researched online on how to build these chicken/rabbit tractors and got wonderful ideas (too many ideas). In the end we just started building and made it up as we went. We used old pallets and recycled wood. It took up three FULL days to get it done.  We built 2 in that time with both of us working on it.

Built with old pallets - Still has a few spots that need painting

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