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And Then There Were Two

by @ Tuesday, January 14th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

Last April I needed more space in the calf barn, so I broke down my rabbit colony and moved them to the chicken house (the chickens having gone free range and choosing to roost in the calf barn). It was a bigger space and I thought it was going to work out well. At the […]


by @ Tuesday, November 15th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

Bravo died today. The last 2 days or so I noticed she was acting a bit off. Grumpy I called it. But she should have been only about week from kindling so honestly I thought she was just pregnant and a bit miserable from that. My ignorance showing I guess. Then this morning she finally […]

Fun Farm Photos

by @ Thursday, January 12th, 2012. Filed under Dogs, Horses, Rabbits

Just posting a couple phone snapshots. Last night Ern was turning the gate in the barn and he comes back dragging an ornery little pony. She hung out in the parlor till we finished milking. So here we have the horse and the hound. And then this morning my bunnies were being oh so cute […]

Golf Anyone?

by @ Thursday, December 25th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

I have posted before about Golf, my last remaining Californian doe. I had planned to cull her. But then I got the colony set up and the new Cali buck. And I thought well, the new does won’t be old enough to breed for a few months yet. And maybe it was the buck that […]

Hippity Hoppity

by @ Monday, July 18th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

It’s been so long I forgot I ever blogged about ordering up my rabbits. Well, the breeder finally had a trio for me born the first of April, and I picked them up at 6 weeks old in the middle of May. They’re quite docile and while not completely friendly as I really haven’t messed […]

I Caught A Wabbit

by @ Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. Filed under Rabbits

Yesterday I lost one of my youngest litter. Literally. He escaped over my barrier, which wasn’t hard as the pen had built up so much hay. Ern found him first thing. Ern was able to catch him and get him put back but later that morning he was out again. I couldn’t catch him and […]

I Did It!

by @ Sunday, March 20th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

There will always be a reason why I should wait to start on my rabbit colony. But for once, I decided to go for it anyway. If I don’t just suck it up and order up some rabbits I’ll never do this. So I did. While surfing Craigslist I found a link to Amity Angles […]

Kit Pictures

by @ Monday, October 10th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

Well, I’m officially calling Bravo’s litter a success. This is day 3, and all 11 kits are still alive, warm, and fed. Not the best picture – little thing didn’t want to hold still. But they all appear to have full bellies like this (actually they were a little fuller yet earlier this morning), so […]

Let the Countdown Begin

by @ Thursday, September 15th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

I went and did it. Mr. Buck joined his girls on the 5th, so with any luck the first week of October I’ll have my first litters. Woohoo! I’m always behind. The tub they’re all in is not big enough to be permanent. But I’ve had no luck getting my final colony set up done […]

More Rabbits, New Plans!

by @ Friday, May 30th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

So that plan I posted about yesterday? Already out the window. Hotel didn’t last long in the herd! After I posted that, I got an email from the lady who brought me the buck hooking me up with a friend of hers who had New Zealand / Californian crosses. I emailed her, and she had […]

Nest Box Pictures

by @ Thursday, December 8th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

Nothing really to say, this is just the easiest way to get pictures from my phone online so I can link to them. Sharing some info about the best boxes for my rabbits.

New Kits!

by @ Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

On March 15th got a new litter of kits. It’s been cold on and off but they seem to be thriving. There’s only 3, and doe-bunny is keeping them well fed. I haven’t messed with them much. Partly because of the cold (don’t want them to get chilled) and partly because I don’t want the […]

Rabbit Colony

by @ Tuesday, May 11th, 2010. Filed under Rabbits

For several months now, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of raising meat rabbits. Ern likes rabbit meat (I’ve only tried it once but remember liking it), and I’m totally stuck on the idea of having a continual source of adorable baby bunnies. With the dairy as it is right now, I have no extra […]

Rabbits: A Little Whine and Some Random Thoughts

by @ Thursday, February 13th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

I am so very, very sick of this cold. I can’t properly clean the rabbit cage because the bedding freezes overnight – all I can do is add new on top of what’s there. Because of a poor design (this was a $15 Craigslist homemade cage), the door finally came off. Since I couldn’t find […]

Room for Improvement

by @ Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

So I go over to check the buns this morning and out of the corner of my eye I catch some white fur in the hay feeder. Oh, no, I thought. Nest building. Then I thought I saw it move. No way – too early for kits. They’re born hairless anyway. And then I realized… […]

Stupid Rabbits

by @ Monday, April 16th, 2012. Filed under Rabbits

The following is what I posted on the rabbit talk forum asking for advice. Senior doe had 9 kits. Built a beautiful nest, all kits doing well, no problems. I know these are hers as she worked hard on her nest for nearly a week before she kindled, and I witnessed her building it. She […]

The Bunnies Have Arrived

by @ Saturday, October 8th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

On Friday we went to the Springs Folk Festival. We were gone most of the day and I didn’t get to check the rabbits again till almost dark. But lo and behold, a nest full of squirming pink kits. I thought I counted 10 but it was getting dark and cool so I didn’t mess […]

The Colony is Up!

by @ Sunday, September 25th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

The 5th of September all the bunnies got to become one big happy bunny family. Time was running out fast for me to get them into the colony with time to adjust before the little bunnies started to come. Over the last few days I’ve manages to sneak a few minutes here and there to […]

The New Colony

by @ Saturday, June 7th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

I’ve found it! The gateway to Narnia! Ok, not really. I gave my dog kennel to mom and dad, so I needed something else to set up around my colony space. I planned to use a cattle panel for the walls, but needed a door. This one came out of our house when we renovated […]

The Rabbits Are Rolling Again!

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2014. Filed under Rabbits

It’s a rainy day so I’m finally catching up on all the blog posts I’ve been wanting to do! As of my last update, I had 3 frozen kits and doe-bunny was bred again. Following my brilliant naming scheme, this doe is named Golf. On March 15, Golf again had 3 kits. All 3 were […]


by @ Friday, October 7th, 2011. Filed under Rabbits

The gestation period of rabbits is supposed to be 28-32 days. Sometimes you even read 28-30. Well, on day 29 I bugged Ern all day, and finally during an extra late milking we managed to get some nest boxes done and in about 10pm. All evening I was sure one of the does was looking […]

What are people thinking??

by @ Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012. Filed under Rabbits

Some time ago I wrote a post about an unfortunate miscommunication with a guy who drove clear from Ohio to look at bull calves we didn’t have (Ern thought they were talking heifers, he apparently thought bull calves; amazingly, neither caught the misunderstanding in that single conversation). He never called after the initial phone conversation […]

Winter Arrived!

by @ Friday, January 13th, 2012. Filed under Rabbits

It got cold last night! We got around 2″ of snow which isn’t much to speak of but the wind just howled all night. Charlie is on day 31 and had a nice nest built so she’s due any time. I checked the buns this morning, and it had snowed in the colony. The wind […]

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