In two weeks, we'll find out whether or not Starburst (our second Californian doe) is pregnant or not. We bred her two weeks after Skittles, and with a 30-day gestation, we should finally be seeing kits in a fortnight. Starburst is the only "proven" rabbit we have, so I do hope it's not Coconut that is the, ahem, weak link here.
|Starburst, left, and Coconut, right, lounging with ice packs.|
We've replaced the ice bags with frozen plastics containers. They chewed both.
We now freeze bricks to keep them cool.
I also worked on getting the rabbitry one step closer to being done.
Yesterday, I continued work on building the homemade rabbitry system. It's a series of re-claimed fence posts set up and fastened together to make a grid base.
|The new "rabbitry" has cages raised a few feet off the ground for easier manure collection,|
better air circulation, cleaner cages, and better predator protection.
The two rails above the cages picture will hold the two additional cages I have.
Here's a shot from another angle:
|The rabbit in front on this shot is Starburst. Skittles is in the background.|
The big challenge was getting the posts lined up square. They're not. :/ The rocky terrain forced me to offset some posts from the others, and one sticks out much higher because I could only go down about 10 inches before hitting rock. Yay.
Eventually, this will be a "compartment" in the "calf barn," which will be roofed, fenced, and secured from the rest of the yard. It will be a mirror image (nearly) of Bridget's barn area, which is on the other side of the shed. We've got a neat little animal complex under construction. For now, the rabbitry is just next to the shed.
And hopefully, in two weeks, I'll be posting about new kits!