Archive for Rabbits

Chores in the dark

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Sometimes life gets in the way of doing chores before sunset. We have two lantern style flashlights we use to do chores when it’s dark. One has a handy little hook on top that I loop into the top buttonhole on my jacket. It’s the perfect height for seeing inside the rabbit cages when one hand is in latching cage doors and the other hand is pouring food and water. When the work is done, it’s a pretty picture.

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Soft bunny, Warm bunny, Little ball of fur

Leadboy and one of his new does

Leadboy and one of his new does

Leadboy , at nearly 14 year of age, is in charge of our rabbitry.  We have 4 does and one buck.  They are all Silver Fox Rabbits, which is a heritage breed that is considered rare.  I love their fur.   Besides being incredibly soft, the color is stunningly beautiful.   It has a unique quality: if you rub it backwards it does not fall back down until you swipe your hand back the other direction.   The fur just stands on end until you push it back the way it belongs.

FlyingBoy whispering secrets

FlyingBoy whispering secrets

The white tipped black color is the only color that is currently accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, but they come in a variety of other colors.  One of our does is “blue” which means grey with white tipped fur.   According to Wikipedia there is also chocolate, lilac, white and smoke pearl.  I love the chocolate color but haven’t been able to locate any actual breeders of anything other than blues and blacks.

Leadboy feeds and waters the rabbits, but he also has the more distasteful task of helping butcher.  Yep, these are meat rabbits.  They make wonderful pets, but ultimately, whatever doesn’t get sold for show or pets, becomes a source of fur and meat.

 

Black Silver Fox Rabbit

Black Silver Fox Rabbit

DearHusband, Leadboy and a few of his friends helped me build a portable chicken coop, or chicken tractor last spring.  It worked out great, and now I’m toying with the idea of keeping rabbits inside their own portable hutch.  It seems like a wonderful place to put babies that are too old to be with their mama and need more space to move around than a typical grown out pen would allow.  My sister used to keep a pet rabbit in her dorm room and we have two friends that keep bunnies inside their house like guinea pigs.  Our rabbits are kept in outdoor hutches and occasional visit us inside our house.  The heat and humidity was so miserable last summer that they spent a few days in our basement.  Where do you keep your rabbits?