Okay, so it's been a while. I've been sick. Blah. But I've got some big things going on on the rabbit/chicken front. So, here goes!
First of all, I finally have a solid plan for my chicken coop. Hunny is going to pick up some lumber tomorrow morning and build the back wall for me. He's going to get me a few stakes so I can map off where I want it and then we'll dig holes and put in sona tubes and concrete.
I decided a while back that I wanted 2-3 Rhode Island Reds to go with my new flock. Well I just so happen to come across someone reducing their flocks and selling 3 RIRs. How could I pass this up? I figured I can fit 3 more hens in the small coop with my Barred Rock girls. So I messaged her about a price. She wants $20 each but she will give me 2 Chantecler crosses as well! What a bargain! But I only have room for 3 more, not 5. But how can I pick up 3 hens and leave 2 free ones behind? So, I called Dad. Now I will take the 2 crosses out there with my chicks. Nest box will go up this weekend, hens come home Monday. They're only 8 months old and just started laying. Someone has to start paying for feed!
Rabbits: I bred 2. Amelia and Hope. The normal signs of a successful mating is when the buck grunts and falls off. This happened with Hope, but not with Amelia.
Amelia: I tried breeding her several days in a row. No fall offs, even though she was lifting. Poor Chester is only about half her size, so I just figured he wasn't hitting the mark. Rabbit are induced ovulators, meaning they only release eggs when breed (normally within 24hrs) After about the 3rd day of trying, she started getting grumpy with him. About 2 weeks later I palpated her positive! Boy was I surprised.
Fast forward to yesterday. Nest building began. I thought for sure she'd have babies out there this morning, but no. Came home at lunch to check on her and there were 5 beautiful babies! This is her largest litter, and everything seems very good! This is also the earliest in the year I've ever had a litter born. Great news for 4Hr's.
Hope: A few successful falloffs. Palpated positive. Nest box will go in tomorrow. Fingers crossed!