Thursday, June 24, 2010

Maeve Kindled!

Today my first homebred grand champion Belgian Hare kindled her very first litter. Imagination's Maeve gave birth to 4 little bits. Should be alot of fun to watch them grow up, the proud daddy is Keep's Bandito Jr.

Nothing is better than new baby bunnies! Here's hoping the rest of my summer litters are a success too.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Faces on the Farm

And the hot Virginia summer continues!
There are a few new additions on the farm, Plain View Poultry in Louisa, VA is only about a half hour from me. David and Ann have the most beautiful birds! I got my trio of buff guineas from them last year and have been interested in getting more birds from them again this year, it just so happened that this past weekend was perfect to pick up my new batch of baby birds.
I got 6 adorable guinea keets to add to my flock. They are an assortment of colors inlcuding the standard pearl grey and a few other colors. One of them is white and brown reminds me of a dutch bunny almost, should be neat to see what it looks like when it grows up. They are only about a week old so they're in one of my old bunny cages til they're big enough to move out to the coop in the next month or so.

Next up is my new handsome (beautiful?) pair of black spanish turkey poults! These two cuties are living in the indoor bunny playpen which I've been using as my "chick transitioner." They are 3 weeks old and very cheeky, curious and sweet birds.

I hope to make it to some of the poultry swaps David and Ann told me about. There is one in Orange, VA this weekend which is only 20 minutes from me, I work the overnight before but I will still do my best to make it, the swaps sound like fun.. and who knows what I'll end up coming home with??

In other news the goats had their annuals today with the farm vet, everyone is in good health
overall, they got their hooves trimmed, dewormed, vaccinated for CD&T and rabies. (I choose to vaccinate for rabies due to the high incidence of rabid wildlife in the area. Only the baby goats were exempt from their rabies shot, they will get that when they reach 6 months of age.) They were generally well behaved but a few were a bit vocal about the vaccines.. goats can be so dramatic!
The rabbits are doing great, I've got a Beligan Hare litter due very soon from GC Imagination's Maeve, I am VERY excited for this litter! I have a Rhinelander litter coming soon too out of Churro and Rupert, I'm crossing my fingers for better marked babies this time around.
Outside the farm, this week is going to be very busy with work, I'm working 5 overnights plus an evening shift so come Monday next week I'm going to be exhausted..

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer

Summer is in full swing in central Virginia.
The humidity has swept across the state and fills the air with a heavyness everytime you step out. The forest surrounding my house reminds me of something out of a movie with steamy waves of fog drifting through the moss covered tree trunks.
For me its a time of reflection, the month of June marks my official one year anniversary of living on the farm, while I purchased the property a year ago in February it took me 4 months to get the place in shape to truly move in. Alot has happened this past year and its been a very exciting time overall.
For me, summer means pool parties, beach trips, being thankful for airconditioning in the bunny barn, mowing the grass, adventures outdoors and lots of ice cream!
The animals are fareing well in the heat, the bunnies of course are spoiled with A/C. The goats have plenty of shade to relax in and full buckets of cool water. The chickens scratch up a nice cool hole to relax in, so far so good but its only June, July and August are usually brutal around here.
I didn't make it to the West Va show last weekend, unfortunately with the heat being so intense and my bunnies used to A/C I couldn't justify the stress of dragging them out, there health is too important, along with that I was exhausted from working the overnight and was working that evening too. My next show won't be until the fall, I've had a baby hare boom so I should have quite a few juniors and young seniors to show off once fall arrives. Hopefully I'll have some luck with my Rhinelanders too!
Here are some photos of my goaties that I took the other day. Tuesday the farm vet is coming over to do a herd check on them, vaccines will be in order among other things...
Fiddle and Tambourine stretching for the best browse.

The entire herd minus Fiddle!

Fiddle is very photogenic

He is also an attention hog, his opinion is the best place to sit is in a human's lap...

Athena, she waggled her ear so its blurry, she's such a sweetie!

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Rabbitry Logo


Lauren of artSOUP and LILBun designs created this amazing logo for my rabbitry!!
She is so incredibly talented and just the nicest person ever. A huge thank you to her for this gorgeous design, she really captured the stunning beauty and wonder of the Belgian Hare and Rhinelander rabbit breeds.
:) I am trying to decide what neat things off of Cafe Press I should order with the logo on it.. Its tempting to buy everything.
I completely recommend Lauren for all your logo and art needs!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

RIP Jules


Jules my pretty silver marten Mini Lop was euthanized today.
After a very long battle with pasteurella Jules took a significant decline this afternoon and was no longer able to walk or eat. It was time to let her go.
She was a very unique rabbit in many ways. When I first fostered her for the rabbit rescue 5 years ago she was totally wild, she wouldn't let anyone touch her and she'd kick like none other if you dared to pick her up. She got into a fight with Melody once that left Melody with over 3o stitches in her ears and she used to love to dunk baby carrots in her water dish til her water turned orange and the carrot lost all color!
With alot of patience she did come around, while never the most friendly rabbit she was still special and a very good sport about being costumed!
Cindermy Flemish is now all alone, his companions over the years have slipped away. With Jules passing the only original bunny left is Shelby now over 8 years old and living the spoiled single pet life with a family friend.
Its a bit hard to think of the original bunny bunch as gone now, but they are what opened the doors to the wonderful world of showing and raising rabbits.
Binky free Jules, tell the rest of the crew I say hello and miss them.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bye bye Sunny

Sunny, a personal favorite Rhinelander from a litter late last fall will be heading to a new home tomorrow.
I get attached to all of my bunnies but a few always stand out.. Sunny has been one of those bunnies for a while. I've worked on bunny hopping with him, he's got a laid back attitude and he's just an overall goofy Rhinelander.
Sunny is a very orange in color Rhinelander hence his name, he is showable although the orange and a messy face marking are a big fault, he's got great type and is a big boy. I hope he has fun in his new home, he will be missed!
Along with Sunny, I've had a woolie visitor these past few weeks who will be heading to his new home too. Its always nice when we rabbit folks can work out transport between adjacent states.

Choppy my ear-less and toe-less Rhinelander doe wasn't impressed with out photo shoot, she'd rather stretch out for a massage... Rhinelanders are seriously hilarious.
The handsome Sunny all ready to depart to his new home!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blue Ridge Show June 12th

I will be at the Blue Ridge Midnight Madness Show in WV on June 12th for the first show only. I am going with several Belgian Hares for sale including juniors and proven seniors. I will try and get photos posted and prices up on the blog this coming week. Sorry no Rhinelanders available at this time!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the show.