Oh the rabbits. What a journey.
It’s taken us a year now to get the rabbit situation sorted out. We butchered two of the original 4 received and gave one away. We bought a buck and a doe last spring. And this winter, another buck and a doe. Over this whole time, we lost two sweet bunnies, one in the summer and one this winter—both of our does. And the buck and doe we bought in the winter turned out to be a buck and a buck.
So, it’s been a real rabbit sausage fest around here.
Our bucks are all so sweet, that it is very tempting to keep them all. But, reason is winning in this set-up and I have been spending the last few weeks trying to sell two of the bucks and one doe I picked up that was just too small for our purposes.
It’s been a few weeks, and only recently have been moving some bunnies.
Wheelin’ and dealin’ in bunnies!
Today I picked up our new doe! She’s big, she’s beautiful, and she’s proven!
I think we are on the right path.
*Update: Sigh. Today before posting, one of our bucks (up for sale) was found dead. So very sad about these sweet creatures. Digestive problems perhaps? I am used to chickens and ducks dying easily, I wasn’t quite ready for it with rabbits.
Spring started early, but seems to be moving slow.
March was an especially fickle month.
It’s a little exhausting. Set-backs right and left!
My seedlings are growing slow—some not at all. No shiso, no celeriac, no valerian, no eggplant. Wtf. I’ve planted peas 3 times now and only have 2 pea starts to show for it. Today I “caved” and bought starts at Bi-Mart. No shame!
And we had a terrible run where we lost 4 of our original 11 ducklings. We probably switched them to grains a little too early, and they weren’t getting all the vitamins they needed. It was a really exhausting day after day of one duckling wobbling around, nursing it back to health, only to have another one die. Or wobble. Or both. Everyone seems good now—so that’s good.
We also had a fun discovery that all the rabbits were male.
But it’s April now and I feel like we are getting our feet under us.
The backyard is coming together and some things are starting to grow.
Even the seeds I started a second time are doing better!
And I am having a randomly fortunate day of selling rabbits. (Easter much?)
Next week we will have a new doe, and have only 1 buck left to sell.
Anyways—off to the backyard to make good of the rest of the evening.