Back to focusing at home today after Tuesday's post on the rest of the picture with community and reminders that it isn't Just individual action that makes a difference. Growth is the word of the day around the homestead, which is exactly what we want at this time of year!
That isn't to say they aren't still very cute at this point of course, and they are all very very friendly. Too friendly some times. They like licking and nibbling on my hand, sleeve, buttons, and ipad while I'm doing weight checks. Today the baby Right decided to investigate the Lady of the House and the camera. While I was doing weight checks I was hearing "No, don't nip me, don't chew the camera! Hey, stop that!" It was an entertaining counterpoint to trying to cram squirming babies onto the scale. I'm starting to think for my sanity, especially when we are dealing with 4 litters at once that ending weight checks at 45 days may be the correct choice. As interesting as the data is, we are mostly doing it to get good ideas of the health and safety of the growing babies in the critical period. After that critical period one has to balance time and practicality versus interest in data. The important thing though will be continuing to interact thoroughly with the babies once they aren't getting weighed every day.
Speaking of cuing off other rabbits behaviors, I hope the other rabbits don't cue off of Dawn. Those of you who have been following us for a while may recognize the vacant expression and mouth full of hay as Dawn preparing a nest. You'll also know that it's been one week since she mated with Dorado. One single week out of just over four weeks of gestation. She's jumping the gun as usual, but when we gave her a lot more hay to supplement her food hay she seemed much happier, and happier rabbits is after all part of our goal.
As spring arrives we are seeing more and more critters. The Lady of the House managed to get some good photos of this good looking garter snake while it was slow enough due to the weather to not zip off with alacrity. We are also expecting our normal variety of bears, deer, and maybe turkeys. This of course concerns us when it comes to the garden which seems to be doing decently well. The radishes and kale haven't sprouted, but some of the lettuce is coming up,and the garlic is going gangbusters. Our next project, making some kind of fence to protect the garden from inquisitive animals. We know it's more of a suggestion but we're hoping it will do the trick!