Today I tried to get some nice Easter pictures of the babies. Little rabbits are not the most cooperative things. And it was quite windy. But I had to get something for my iStock account, as I haven't added any photos in a while. I bought a cute little tin tub at work (Home Hardware) and a few plastic eggs from the dollar store. Overall, I think I got about 3 decent ones. But they're all cute!
The other day I noticed that my rabbit, Haze, has been losing weight. I thought it was because she's getting old. (She'll be 10 next month) I suspect that is part of the reason, but I decided to flip her over and check her out a bit. She had soft poo stuck to her bum, completely covering her rectum. I started the tedious task of cutting the fur away with a small pair of scissors, being careful not to cut her skin or tail. About half way through she got agitated and started to squirm, ultimately kicking me in the face. Well, that must have been too much for her because her head started to fall back and her eyes started to close. I thought she was going to die on me, but I figured if I didn't get the poop off, she'd die anyway. So I continued on. When I was finished I placed her back in her cage, where she promptly ran to the corner, back in, and then her head fell to the side. I left her alone (she'd done this recently before) to let her calm down. She's fine now.
On to today. This morning I gave Haze, who lives next to her friend Chester, a large handful of hay and a few small pieces of carrot. She hadn't eaten her food from the day before, so she really didn't need any. I came home tonight to give Amelia some extra food and water, because she is nursing and I happen to glance over and I didn't see Haze. So then I thought "Ok, she's a big grey rabbit, she has to be there" Then I noticed something funny in Chester's cage. Haze. She ate her carrot bits but hadn't touched her hay, so I knew that she had been with Chester all day. I'm not sure what possessed her to decide to jump a 2 1/2 foot barrier into the next cage....
Haze passed away a few days later. March 8, 2016 Rest In Peace, my girl.
Big news!! Today - March 1 - We got our first eggs from the chicks! My father went out to feed them this morning (They are locked in for a while, due to the spotting of a weasel) And found an egg on the floor. He called around 5pm to tell me he found another! This is very exciting! They were both on the floor. The nest itself is basically just a bottom with 2 sides that is attached to the wall. They keep throwing all the hay on the floor, too. So, we're thinking about adding a board to the front of it to keep the hay in better, then we may have to add a roof of some sort to make it darker. Then hopefully they will start to lay in the nest.
It's tiny, but it couldn't be more beautiful to me.
On another note, my babies are getting so big! I've got with their eyes open already. They grow so fast.