|Curly and her new companions|
We were trying to think of a truly economical protein source. All our research led us to rabbits. They are low maintenance animals. They aren't expensive to feed. They are easy to keep healthy. They reproduce very easily. They only have a 31 day gestation period. They are small. Their meat is lean and flavorful. We wouldn't overflow the freezer come 'harvest' time. Best of all, their manure is incredible fertilizer, and doesn't even have to be composted.
So, it was settled. A friend hooked us up with some great medium sized rabbits. A doe that will be ready to breed in June, a very young buck that will be ready to breed in August, and a pregnant doe. **Just so you know, I was really hoping for some that weren't so stinking adorable**
|The young buck (gray) and young doe (white)|
|The pregnant doe|
August 28 we put the nesting box in with the expectant mama....and nothing happened for two days. Then, all of a sudden she started pulling her fur out like crazy.
|Mama's bald patches|
There are four kits - three black, and one white, and all appear healthy. Personally, I'm hoping they're ugly.