Lately we've mostly been talking about other things, so I figured today would be a good day to touch on the rabbits and how things have been going with them.
Twilight has been grumpy lately. Not that it has reduced her love of people, and friendly nature. No, she is grumpy because of a few things. First and foremost, she doesn't get as many pellets as she thinks she should get anymore. She had been having more cecotropes than she should for a while and we did some research and found that in some rabbits having much in the way of pellets can cause that. So, we switched her over to entirely hay for a couple weeks, and now give her a small hand full of pellets with her mass of hay.
Top Right you can see her looking aggrieved by her empty pellet feeder as she attempts to indicate to the lady of the house that she is displeased by the situation. She then apparently went through this pantomime where she tried to show how very difficult life was with eating hay. Oh how hard it is to pull the hay out of the feeder. Bottom Right she continues her disdainful eating of her meager fare of hay that she can access. Mind you, she can get the hay out of the feeder with ease as long as it's what she wants.
I am certain her pregnancy has something to do with her displeasure with the situation, but it is hard to tell. All I know is that every morning the second she sees me coming with that little hand full of food she does a run up the side and flips off the roof of the hutch. I never thought I'd see pressed grass be considered a delicious treat by any animal other than a Degu. Overall though she is doing well, and we are looking forward to seeing how her first litter comes out in about 10 days to 2 weeks.
The weight chart which I have been keeping up to date can be found here.
Overall things are going well with the rabbits, and I am finishing up a hutch so we can bring in a young lady who will be a breeder for us next spring. A Cinnamon doe, filling out the breeds we wanted to try out for our breeding program initially. Again we are going to be getting her from Michelle Chandler's Blessed Acre Farm where we have gotten all of our stock so far. We'd like to expand and get unrelated rabbits to work with for obvious reasons, but that's not an urgent situation.
Last But Not Least!
UMass Amherst where the Lady of the House and I both went to get our degrees has a recently started permaculture program. They recently released the third installment of their documentary on growing a model sustainable campus. They are specifically looking for hits on the third part, but it's worth watching the whole thing.
Part 3 of 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FJPJ5DyMc4
Part 1 of 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_474005&feature=iv&src_vid=_FJPJ5DyMc4&v=XWHSzGDItBA