Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Gem after the sedated removal of the larvae recovering in her cage, the significant amount of bloody discharge is unfortunately from her scratching at the wound with her rear foot. The e-collar prevents licking but cannot stop her from scratching. Her nails were trimmed while she was under but it can't prevent her from scratching. She is eating and drinking normally and will hopefully be protected with the antibiotics she is on. I'll post on her progress.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here is one of the boy's new stackers, very similar to the original style but with improvements.
Friday, August 14, 2009
The boys, Murph, Duke, Oliver and Jasper who had been living in smaller temporary hutches are thrilled with their new abodes!
That is all for now, a huge thanks to my hutch builder, he did a fantastic job!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The first big thing I have planned is going for my ARBA rabbit registrar's license. This is something I've wanted to do for a while and since I've been an ARBA member for 4 years now, I'm more than eligible to start the process. I've been flipping through my standard of perfection often lately and I'm planning on buying the registrar's study guide early this coming week. (I also am buying 2 breed posters, one for my barn and one for my work, so all of our clients can see then many bunny breeds out there!)
I don't know when I'll actually apply to take the test and so forth but I hope to do so by early next year, taking all of Fall to study and familiarize myself with the many breeds of rabbits. Being out of school at the moment and only working/taking care of the farm animals gives me a good amount of time that I can dedicate to studying.
Another thing I'm planning on doing with the bunnies is doing more "training," work with them. Years ago when I just had Ezra as my pet bunny I had taught him a great many tricks including coming when called, bringing me his toys (fetch?) teaching him to stand for treats, and putting toys in a basket. Melody another of my pet rabbits will still do a good amount of these tricks, provided she gets a good treat for doing them. (banana or papya works well)
Hares and Rhinelanders are both remarkably smart and active breeds which I'm sure would excel with trick training and interaction of this sort. I'm looking forward to training some of my "show" bunnies this fall. I have a few neat ideas in mind and will try to video tape my progress.
Other fall bunny plans? Well I am breeding Fajita to Theo on Monday so I should hopefully have a bouncing litter of Rhinelanders to play with, and hopefully I'll find a match for Trixie in the coming months so I'll have another litter of hares to prepare for too...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I have decided that 6 will be my maximum number of senior rhinelanders, this includes show bunnies, brood does, and bucks. This number will force me to cull hard. My junior number will not exceed 10 which gives me room to grow out any little ones I like and see how they develop.
Hares are going to be a maximum of 5 senior bunnies and 10 juniors, with the goal to move out any juniors who will not be staying to senior age by the time they reach 4 months of age.
My goats are ridiculous, they go on the deck and headbutt the door wanting to come in the house, here they are hanging out on the back deck about to demolish my poor Basil plant..
Reuben and his belgians, Trixie on the left is the free ranging rabbit.
Close up shot of the two siblings. I can't say how lucky I am that Griffyn likes dogs and my pitts adore him. He really is the perfect cat for my household!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In other news, I'm in a holding pattern at the moment with the bunnies, cleaning regularly, grooming and just evaluating them whenever I get the chance as I work towards getting an idea of who will stay in the herd and who will be sold in the fall, I need to decide on one more Belgian to sell and possibly move out a Rhinelander buck.... decisions..
I revolutioned the whole herd today, selamectin is one of my favorite medications to use in the rabbitry, it kills mites both ear and fur and can help remove some internal parasites. Its pricey but well worth it in my opinion in terms of herd management and health. The rabbits hate getting their revolution as much as their nail trims, there is alot of shaking, twisting, thumping and furious grooming attempts as they twist their heads backward to try and lick it off, luckily behind the neck is nearly out of reach for all bunnies to groom.
On a sad note, I got a call from my mom today who reports Melody is suffering from GI stasis. She is not doing well and may not make it. Fingers crossed she pulls through, Melody is prone to stasis, and I have no idea why, there are no changes in her diet, housing or lifestyle that would account for why her gut slows down. Last time she was in stasis I nearly lost her, she pulled through in the end, she went everywhere with me for 3 full days sitting in a basket so she could get treated with fluids, pain medicine, gas drops, and of course most importantly force feeding. I am hopeful but also know her prognosis is guarded. Its hard to know exactly what condition she is in since she still lives with my mom and the soonest I can get to see her is Thursday if she makes it til then.
Well thats all thats happening around here at the moment, Shelby's molar trim went just fine, she has one point that couldn't be reached with the drill the Doctor used today but she'll need to go in again in a few months to get that last point taken care of. She's a trooper, although as expected confused as to where her baby Uno went.