Things have been a little hectic since the last post what with settling into the new job which is great, the Lady of the House being out of town, working on the studio, and life in general. I don't have a lot for you today because of that, and because I spent most of last night when I would normally be working on writing the blog creating data sheets and putting data into said sheets. That said, here is a cute photo for no reason.
Notable events rabbit and homesteading wise are not huge. I got more work done on the studio which is less a homesteading thing, and more a house/job/less stress thing. I can't wait to finish that studio though so we can get the stuff in the garage moved up there, and I can have an indoor space to work on the hutches. That will make my life much easier, and enable me to do wood work at night. The studio is in the last stages of getting the electrical system in. Once that is in we can get a certificate of occupancy, and everything else can be finished over time since it is cosmetic.
As for the rabbits, Sunny and Twilight have been pooping cecotropes for the past couple of days. Neither of them have been losing weight from how they feel, but it is something that causes concern. In both cases I went in this morning and cleaned out as much of it as I could without taking the rabbits out of the hutches for a full cleaning which isn't feasible in the 30 minute morning check through. I will be keeping an eye on both of them for that.
Umbra is a whole different issue. He had mites that I found this weekend and have been attempting to treat with olive oil to drown them. If that fails in the end we will use Ivermectin to deal with the issue. So far that seems to be doing well. Unfortunately it has offended Umbra fairly significantly and he has been moody, unfriendly, and refusing his pellets. He isn't losing much weight, and he is readily eating hay still. We are keeping a close eye on him at this point.
Finally we have been going through 2 fills of the water bottles on the hutches with litters per day. Once at around 8:00 AM, and once at around 5:30 - 6:00 PM. Each bottle is 1 liter and when we get to them they are almost empty. I tried putting a second bottle in for Dawn's hutch and it was left entirely untouched though the first bottle was empty.
Alright, I finally finished a good data form and would appreciate critiques of it! So far things that are a concern about these data sheets for me are as follows.
1: Identification of the rabbits is purely by weight. In the future I'd like to change that but I'm not sure how since they are so similar in appearance other than weight.
2: I need to put in a column for tracking weight of food and what types of food were given.
3: Our housemate suggested keeping track of percentage of water bottle consumed or number of water bottles consumed per day. A great idea I hadn't considered to help people out with how much water their rabbits will need while they are out.
Dawn's Litter's Sheet
Sunny's Litter's Sheet
Right now they are set to any can view, and only the Lady of the House and I can edit the sheet. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions I would be happy to field them. If they are good ones I hope to improve the sheets for future litters. So please, examine, critique, and question! I am specifically wondering if anyone knows how to put the dates over the chart portions of the data sets on GDocs. I haven't figured it out (or even googled how) to do it yet.
Thursday I will try to do a solid discussion of the data we have at this point. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you all.