Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weighing Babies

Wow, has it really been a whole week since I posted? I guess it's obvious we've been busy.

I've had to leave the house with Ian just about every day, since maintenance has been laying brick and removing the gas fireplace insert. Then there were all the shopping trips and the Christmas Bird Count, and the family get-togethers....

So today I decided to weigh the four week old babies, to get an idea of what they're made of.

They averaged 1 pound, with the the lightest at 0.95 and the heaviest at 1.15.

We bought this scale on Amazon. I really like it, so far.
Now, I've never raised meat rabbits before, but I would venture a guess that my results are average to good.

I attempted to sex some of them. From the best I can tell, we have mostly bucks.

Tomorrow I will be breeding back my does, and giving the clueless Cardamom a second chance. I even made her a batch of Raspberry Zinger tea, which she seemed to really like. We'll see how things go tomorrow evening.

And then, it's back to the daily grind, and time to really start gearing up for the Holidays. I STILL have some last minute Christmas gifts to make. At least I will finally be home to work on them.

We are still adjusting to Mark's new work schedule, as Acting Park Manager. As a ranger, his schedule was constantly rotating. So from week to week we would have a good alternating mix of night shift, day shift and split shift, with two days off thrown in. It's funny how different it is for him to have a NORMAL work schedule, now - working from 7:00 - 3:30 every day, with weekends off. I kind of miss those lazy mornings when he worked the night shift, especially since they were my only time to catch up on some sleep. The last two weekends Mark has been leaving out early to hunt. Which reminds me...

He finally got one!!

We are so happy to be filling our freezer with venison again, after having run out many months ago.

So maybe next weekend we can have a couple of lazy mornings together, after the bustle of the Holidays...... oh, wait..... we have a house to work on.

I don't guess "lazy" will be in our vocabulary for a long time...


  1. You guys have been busy! The kits look so great! And yum on the venison. I don't hunt or know anyone who does here, but I've had folks bring me venison chili and deer mac that were both delicious! Merry Christmas to you and yours!