Among the growing grass littered with tiny flowers, where it’s quiet and dewy, violence occurred. All that was left as testament to the life of a rabbit was bits of velvety brown fur; of a songbird, bright yellow feathers, strewn upon the ground.Continue reading “Haiku: Evidence Of Endings”
It snowed recently – just an inch or so – but it was the kind of snow that makes even the ordinary (or poorly-lit and muddy) look, briefly, extraordinary. It also tells stories of real drama and intrigue, of unseen passersby looking for a meal on a cold night.Continue reading “Haiku: Concealed And Revealed (Snow Series #1)”
It’s snowing, a bitter wind is blowing…it just seems like cold weather and hearty soups are made to go together. And what’s better than a delicious, warming stew (made with in-season root veggies) that you can make in your slow cooker? Just toss in all the ingredients and leave it to work its magic! This recipe could easily be made with another protein, like chicken, but I think it’s one of the tastiest ways to prepare rabbit.
It’s still really hot here – like sweat running in rivulets down your face after about 5 minutes in the heat hot. Even the breeze (when there is one) is hot. Ugh. Now imagine that you’re wearing a thick fur coat and your primary means of dissipating body heat is from your ears, through your breath, or your nasal mucosa…and your sweat glands don’t really do the job. Sounds perilous, right? For outdoor rabbits, it can be. When the heat index (temperature + relative humidity) is this high, we take extra steps to help rabbits survive the heat.
Exciting goings-on here at the farm: we have a group of five blue Silver Fox rabbit does that have either kindled or are expected to kindle their first litters soon!
One sweet doe, Sarah, kindled her first litter on 2/13. Sarah is a particularly friendly girl, likely due in part to an injury she suffered to her leg when she was a young kit: even though there is “baby saver” wire on the floors and up the sides of the kindling cages (our does are brought inside to kindle), she somehow got her foot stuck through the wire and twisted in a way that trapped it. As you can imagine, she was panicked and pulled frantically, causing a laceration all the way around her “ankle”.
Should be obvious, right? We raise chickens, rabbits, and ducks. We’ve processed members of each of those groups (and Muscovy really does taste like beef!). People with whom we’re acquainted know this…and yet, countless times, they can’t – or don’t – seem to grasp why we won’t eat a chicken sandwich from some popular fast food place, or partake of catered BBQ. For the record: the aforementioned “people” doesn’t include our friends who “get it”.
It’s been a while since we posted…so what have we been up to at the farm? Actually, we’ve been on vacation in the south of France. Just kidding! Here’s the real roundup: Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Farm Happenings”
We wrote this post yesterday, when it was sunny and beautiful out…it’s raining, dark, and gloomy today.
The rabbit kits born in February are 8 weeks old now. Time has flown! We would normally move them out into the tractors sooner (once weaned), but the weather has been unpredictable and there’s recently been heavy rainfall, so we waited until the ground had absorbed the moisture. Today’s 80 degree weather has really helped dry the ground out. Continue reading “February Kits: First Day On Pasture”
One of the best things about living on a farm is being able to turn on the ever-entertaining and variety-filled “chicken and duck” (and rabbit) channel. You never know what you’re going to see!
This past winter, we spent a lot of time with the chickens and ducks lately after finishing up morning chores because that seemed to be when the hawks most commonly appeared. While it’s within the realm of possibility for a hawk to swoop down and grab a chicken and duck right in front of a farmer, the hawks like to hunt when people or other livestock guardians aren’t around. Why? Because they’re opportunists: they want an easy meal with low risk of injury to themselves. Unfortunately, a young, inattentive chicken fits the bill. Continue reading “No Cable Here, But “Chicken And Duck TV” Is On All Day”
We recently described how we had constructed a couple of tractor-style enclosures for the French Black Copper Marans and American Bresse breeding groups. While we’d like to tell you that they worked exactly as intended, that wouldn’t be reflective of reality…
We should all be able to agree that no one likes it when projects don’t work out as envisioned, especially ones that require a fair amount of toil. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what happens sometimes. We think it’s important to share “lessons learned” as well as successes so that others may benefit from the identification of our mistakes and process improvements (and hopefully avoid making the same mistakes). Continue reading “Farm Project Update: Breeding Pens, Not So Much”