Now we are excited! Today we got the colony out in the yard ready for rabbits to live in, and we moved in our Mother of all breeders and two of her granddaughters into it! Today was the first time her cute little feet have touched the earth! It feels so good to finally have her out of a cage, she has sure earned it. We are calling this one ‘Colony V’, because the doe of whom I speak is named Violet, and ‘V’ is my nickname for her. Her granddaughters are Poppy, and Rowan. This is a big step for us, moving the breeders out of hanging cages into these super fun colonies where they can have happier lives.
Exploring their new digs
Such my cute girls
We built a platform on the end where the steep slope makes lots of room between the ground and the top of the run. This increases their floor space, and gives the girls a chance to “get away from each other” if they need to.
We are so blessed to be starting our very own dairy goat herd this spring just as we have been wishing too! Thanks to the incredible generosity of my sister and brother in law, Chriss & Mitch Dunham for donating the money we needed to buy a pedigreed doeling, plus two playmates for her to get us started off right in our dream of having our own sustainable farm fresh raw dairy! So far the plan is that we’ll get to bring them home by this coming weekend! Holy Smokes! Also a big thanks to the Mathiot’s, for being so kind and generous in sharing their time and experience showing me the ropes of goat care, and even taught me how to milk a goat! So I’ll be ready when MilkyWay is 🙂
Tim has added a new structure downslope from our original rabbitry structure, but it is twice as big. Each of the 3 equal sections of both buildings holds up to 8 cages. We have 2 of the 3 sections filled with cages, so we just need to get the wire and other materials to build the remaining 8 cages and we will be finished with construction on our rabbitry. Once finished that will be 24 rabbit cages. Weee-doggies! Haha!
Section 3 of our rabbitry, the one furthest down the slope. As you can see, full of rabbits 🙂
Here is Section 2, still have to hang the cages in here, so we use it to store feed and other stuff for the time being.
Section 1, this was the original rabbitry structure
The side of the rabbitry, taking advantate of the roof overhang to hand up yard tools
Rainbarrel, connected to the chicken coop roof
The run of the chicken coop, the comfrey is coming in nicely.
View of the chicken run from the entrance.
Brownee’s 2nd litter of cute little kits
Another shot of the cuteness
6 1/2 week old kits
Fluffball, his hair is crazy, Rynae loves to brush his hair.
Rynae holding a 3 week old kit
Marlee acting like a squirrel
Mama and Kits
Due to recent health issues with our New Zealand Whites (see the “snuffles post”), we have decided to buy some crossbred Californian/New Zealand Whites from a trusted breeder to add to our herd, as we have read that the crossbreed rabbits tend to have better immune systems then the purebreds.
I also added a couple pictures of our coop progress, the comfrey is coming in nicely, the rainbarrel system works great, and we are now getting on average 22 eggs per day from our ladies.
3+ months to go! We are so close to being ready to go! We are so looking forward to embarking on our adventure! We are fine tuning our belongings, and really releasing so many of the things we’ve been lugging … Continue reading →