After a summer away, the Buns are back. When we put the house on the market there was a little too much critter chaos so the Buns went to stay with a friend who had been wanting to start a backyard rabbit operation. He bred them and kept them all summer until the kits were weaned. Now he’s got a full crew of bunnies and we get ours back. Unfortunately he didn’t handle the bunnies on a regular basis like my five year old did so they’ve grown somewhat wild. Still soft but no longer cuddly. More prone to shredding skin. It’s probably not possible to reform bunnies this late in the game but Lander is trying his darndest.
Along with Nibbles and the Buns we got one kit from each litter to bring home. Some baby bunny cuteness, poorly photographed because the dumptruck of topsoil was backing down the drive.
In addition to getting the bunnies back we did some driving last week. Thursday to the WSU Avian lab to find out what was ailing the flock. It turns out some nondescript bacterial infection, like bronchitis. As much as I hate to do this I medicated the whole flock because they were simply passing it back and forth. Bummer. So now we are without eggs for two weeks but I know it’s not something like Newcastle’s disease, or avian flu.
On Friday we drove to Ellensburg to pick up two new goats that needed re-homing. Meet Valerian.
She’s a sweet, calm milker prone to putting a hoof in the bucket. I may be getting hobbles soon.
Meet Little Bells.
She may seem small but she’ll be ready to breed in November, which is when I will breed all three girls for April babes. Let’s hope for does!
In my spare time I’ve been shoveling out the gravel and now schlepping in the topsoil. Two yards down, eight to go. Next week the kittens arrive, hopefully manure and I’ll order the plant stock for the orchard. Stay tuned for continuing progress converting this place into a food oasis by fall.