We’ve been very busy this month. In my last post, I said I would get some pictures of snow… well, then it melted. But on Thanksgiving, which was a couple days ago, we got about 4-5 inches. So we have snow again.
Here is Nova. We got her about a month ago, from our coworker. Nova was her son’s dog, when he was in the Air force in Georgia. Now he moved back to town and is going to college, and couldn’t keep her, and my coworker felt bad that Nova was home alone during the day. So we took her in. She gets along great with our other dogs and she is a sweetheart.
The chickens aren’t minding the snow so much. I have heat lamps in the two rooms of their coop, so they can go in and warm up their feet if they get cold. Our batch last year (which we still have the hens from) didn’t like to go out in the snow. I’m not sure why they don’t mind this year, but they don’t.
Last weekend we went up to my cousin’s to get the original hutch that I got with the rabbits. We have set it up near our other rabbit hutch, so it’s now Rabbit Row:
And here are the little baby bunnies:
The rabbits have been doing ok with the cold so far. We’re going to add a tarp to the front of the hutches to block wind from the inside. That’s one reason I positioned the hutches into “Rabbit Row.” – I figure it will help block wind somewhat. I’m already planning on a new setup once spring comes – more of a rabbit shed, I think. I’d like to add a run of some sort so they can hang out in the grass also.
We’ve also decided on names for the adults. They are Earth, Wind, and Fire. (my husband came up with it) – The gray buck is Earth (since he’s on the left), the white doe is Wind, and the black doe is Fire.
The farm is pretty much ready for winter. It’s a nice time to just cozy up inside – we don’t have a lot of projects we can do outside in winter, except reinforcing animal housing and doing normal feeding chores each morning and night. I like that it’s kind of a relaxation time. Of course I’m already planning in my head what we’ll do when spring comes.
I’m a little late with this post. This November has been a little strange, with warmer temps than normal… that is, until a few days ago. I took some pictures last week, before we got snow, when we were in the 50s temperature wise. The snow started a couple days ago. We only have about an inch on the ground right now. We’ve had some flurries here and there, and now our temperatures are in the 20s. Brrr… Here are some pictures of our pre-snow November.
I’ll get some new pics soon to show you what our snow looks like. I’ll also update on the baby bunnies – they have grown a lot in 2 weeks.
A few days ago, I noticed that my pregnant doe was starting to pull fur from her neck for her nest. She has a nest box, and I gave her a bunch of straw to put in it, but she moved the straw to just outside the nest box, and mixed her fur into that “nest.”
The next morning, I was feeding the rabbits and heard a squeak. I then saw that the straw in the nest was moving; she had her babies! I have been reluctant to check on them, because I was nervous that I may make the mother freak out and kill them; then today I read that you should check on them right away in case there are any dead babies. After reading that, I went out and checked. I believe they are all alive – we have 6-8 babies. They were pretty squirmy and hairless, but all moving around. They are all about 3 days old today. It was a bit hard to get a picture because they are so squirmy, but here is one:
Here’s mama – she didn’t seem to be too upset that I checked out her babies.
Here’s the father rabbit:
Here is our other doe:
We gave the other doe and the buck each a nest box as well, just because we thought it may help them keep warm as our weather gets colder. It has been cooling down lately. Yesterday it was very windy and we actually had some snow come down, but the snow melted as it hit the ground. We’re also planning on putting some tarps up around the hutch to block the wind. I think I may wait to mate the rabbits anymore till spring. I don’t think the white doe is pregnant – she was with both the buck and the other doe on the way home, when I was bringing them to my house, but I think they were all too scared to get down to business. I will wait and see though.
We started building a hutch last week, and finally finished up this morning. We moved it into its new home, inside our empty wood shed. We’ll find it a better home in the spring, but we thought this would be the best place for it for the winter.
We built it with scrap wood and things we found around the house. Here are some pictures of the hutch:
Here the bunnies are enjoying their new abode. Please forgive the fuzziness of the pictures, I thought they would turn out better but the bunnies move a lot.
So far it’s going well. We are going to make some wooden nest boxes for all three of the rabbits, so that they have somewhere to go to get more warm. The metal nest box I gave to my doe is ok for now, but I worry that it would be too cold in winter. I have the hutch facing the house so that they won’t get as much wind in their cages, but I plan on putting tarp up or something when we get really windy cold days in the winter.