So much has happened in the past month, where should I start? We had SIX litters of rabbits!!! Ranging from litters of 1 to 8, we will have plenty to sell for both meat and breeding stock in just a few weeks. The influx of rabbits led to Matt building another 4 large cages. We have had a problem with does having litters outside of their nest boxes. I let one doe just raise her litter without the box and they all survived, but the others I put in the boxes with good luck. This is my theory on the nest boxes. The first boxes we had weren't quite big enough, so Matt built plain wood boxes they originally liked. I think the wood absorbs too many scents and the does do not like giving birth in nests that smell like other rabbits. We have talked about designing an all metal box, out of small 1/2-inch wire with some type of rubber or plastic lining the top edges so the rabbits don't get cut hopping in and out. The wire would be more easily cleaned and it would be comparable to the litter that was raised on the floor of the wire cage. (Only I wouldn't have to check on them several times a day to make sure they have enough hay and are not crawling out of the cage.)
Chicks have also been hatching like crazy...and Chesney has learned to open the brooder. She just loves the baby chickens and wants to take them out and play with them when no one is looking, so we had to start locking the brooder.
Speaking of poultry, our turkeys are still not producing young because they do not like each other. Our hen has, however, fallen in love with her reflection...but only when seen from the bumper of the truck. Hmm, maybe it's really the truck she is in love with. (If only we could hatch little F-150's!!!)
I won't try to catch up on the entire month all at once, so one last bit of news: we finally got some farm help!
Wait, that's not him! We hired a local high school student to help with evening chores during the week and to take care of the farm when we need to be out of town. Or just want to be out of town. I am dreaming of vacation spots already!