Below you can see the biggest of the babies, and that he still has that blaze we were curious about early on.
Remember last post when I posted how well the single little crock was working out? Well, we've started putting a second little crock in. Quickly the clique of three monster babies started monopolizing it since they found out it was easier. In fact, if you look closely in last post you can see that one of the fat babies is standing on the head of the runt. To prevent that sort of behavior we now have the main feeder, and the two small food dishes. It seems to have made a significant impact and keeps any one group of babies from getting exclusive access to the majority of the food. By doing so we are trying to keep the chances of the smallest two the best we can. There are quite a few reasons for that. First is obviously that we want all of the babies to do well so they are healthy and happy. As animal welfare advocates that is a vital part of what we are doing.
Then there is also the fact that we are breeding these animals for meat. We need them to grow quickly to a butchering weight, and we need them to do it efficiently in terms of food. Babies that struggle are going to take longer to grow out, and are going to be a lower quality meat by the time they get to a reasonable weight. That is a problem for us as well as the vital importance of having happy, healthy rabbits for ethical reasons.
So, as we've talked about a lot before, rabbits have a lot of personality. Some more than others, and our Twilight has more than most. This photo Above I think illustrates just how extreme her food focus can be. I put in her pellets, and then put the hay in. On the way over her I stumbled and dropped hay on her. You can see just how much that affected her absolute laser like focus on the food dish. There was ear flicking, but that was about it. As the babies grow up we always watch their personalities since temperament is an important part of any breeding program we are going to do. While we don't intend to keep any of this litter, we do watch carefully.
Last but not least, the Lady of the House and I realized that we had never actually gotten a photo of what rabbit looks like after cooking but before eating for the blog. We keep meaning to, but always dig in too fast. Well, this time we exercised self control, and you can see below how the rabbit turns out before eating. This was actually our best success in terms of cooking using basically chicken roasting methods. I'm going to have to try to repeat to be sure, but I think that the large amount of oil I used helped keep it moist, as did the two cups of water in the bottom. I hope to have a tried and true method that works every time to report to the blog soon.