Thursday, January 31, 2013
BOX FORT! Strange weather, and design fatigue.
We are considering saving at least one of the babies for breeding. If we do that we will save two females, and keep them together in the growing out hutch until the next round of babies is ready to go in. At that point we will pick which one is stronger, healthier, bigger, and has a better personality to keep. If both are great, well, we might save both if I've had time to make another hutch by that point. We would only be able to breed them with Umbra, or another fully unrelated male since they are a Little too close for comfort where it comes to inbreeding.
Those of you who live in the Western Mass area know we have had some crazy weather lately. Unfortunately I mixed up when uploading the photo files for today to Dropbox, and only got a few. The fog was amazingly thick, and was something between horror film fog and fantasy film fog, mostly depending on the amount of ambient light. This morning due to the rain and humidity in the air, the insides of the rabbit hutches were wet. I was concerned that water was leaking through, or something of the sort. No, it was so humid that water was condensing on the under side of the hutch roofs. When I think about that it's not too surprising. That said, it means that keeping their food replenished and throwing out any damp food is important, as is making sure that none of the rabbits get too wet. While it is warm right now it will be in the low teens tonight, and back to freezing temperatures over the next week.
From now to then though, our frozen solid stream out back went from just that, a block of ice to a rapidly rushing stream literally over night. It is difficult to get a good photo of it, but the water has carved a channel through the ice all the way down, and there are some beautiful hollows carved away in the ice that you can kind of see in the Above Right photo. It was almost like watching geological time in action.
I have been continuing doing research on the chicken coop considerations, and I have a lot of information. That said, design isn't coming up with what you want. It is taking what you want, what you need, and what you can afford and making them meet in one place. It is tough to do good design when working constantly because design is in its own way just as exhausting as building, working, or running. So Tuesday expect to have an update on the coop, it may not be to the finalized stage, but there is progress!