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No April Fools

Well, we’d hoped for some new bunnies this past weekend, at least one of the four should have had a litter, one would expect.  However, there were none!  So, we will try again, however it would be really helpful if there was any idea as to why there’s no litters appearing.

Currently the theories as to why no babies is either the bucks got too hot last summer in the heat and are temporarily sterile.  Although they should have gotten over that by now, I’d hope.  Or that the feed has been contaminated with herbicide when the alfalfa was grown.  Apparently a lot of farmers are now using RoundUp Ready alfalfa or some such thing and the traces of herbicide left on the alfalfa affect fertility.  Doesn’t harm horses who are mostly the ones eating the alfalfa, but for bunnies, I guess they’re more sensitive than horses.  Also, probably not as many of the horse folks are trying to breed their horses.

So, we will try again and change out to a lot of forage foods for the breeding herd.

In other bunny news, Phineus Phogge just had his first birthday.

Phineus Phogge at one year old

Happy Birthday Phin!

He has some almost bright brown on his face now, not sure how that came about with his lilac color.  Lilac is technically a diluted chocolate, but he’s almost got a bright red mask on.  I suppose that could be a chocolate mask, but it looks more red than chocolate.   It’s about time for him to get another haircut, maybe it will change back to his more usual warm gray when his next coat grows in.  Bunnies do change their color somewhat between one coat and the next.

Well, I’ll go out and see which girls want to meet up with which boys and see if we can figure out the lack of baby bunnies.  This has been an ongoing difficulty for the past several years.

Early morning excavators

DSCN9223Well, it may not actually have been that much ‘early morning’ but it’s later in the year and the sun gets up later so I do, too.  Around 8:30 this morning, though, there was a diesel burring sound near to the front bedroom.  Not a loud diesel noise, a nice quiet burrrrr.  Well, that wasn’t too bad until there was a back up beeper.  Ick!   So with the annoying sound of back up beepers before morning coffee, I awoke.

 

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Dec. 12, 2016

This is three and a half hours of Mark & Excavator.  There used to be a hillside covered with trees and brush where the boys are standing.

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This is the view from the other direction.  There’s still thirty or forty feet of uncleared area behind and the excavator is near the front.  It’s rather a bit of a hillside, but hey, we’re Hillside Farm, after all.  Although, this wasn’t the hillside we started on, the original hillside was rather a bit bigger.  But, even though we’ve gone townside & residential, we’re still sticking to our Hillside roots.

A grapefruit tree and a macadamia nut tree were found, along with a lot of jacaranda, although the jacaranda are not going to be able to stay.  I would have liked one for the back yard, but they’re pretty much where we have to put the house.  Residential lots are pretty small and with only a third of an acre, there’s not much leeway on where things can go.

The bunnies can live up under the macadamia nut tree, though.  Eventually, it will take awhile before they have to move, probably a year or two.  The new hutches are movable, though, not like last move where we had to rebuild from the beginning.  I’ll draw in the place for the bunny hutches when drawing up the new house.  Not sure what that’s gonna look like just yet.  Once Mark gets done with the excavation, it will probably be easier to see how it should go.

We’re hoping for a lot of baby bunnies this upcoming January.  There have been six girls who have or are visiting Joey & Phineus.  Sydney has come down mountain for a Christmas vacation, although we don’t know if he’s going to visit with any girls over his vacation or not.  With six possible litters, if they all happened and if each one had six babies, that would be thirty new baby bunnies!  I’m not expecting more than one or maybe two litters of four to maybe six babies each, but with bunnies, you never know.

Let’s see, who met up with whom?  There’s only two of the bucks who met up with girls.  Phineus Phogge, our newest young buck met up with Suzie, Myste and Sirocco.

Since three of them have ‘atmospheric’ names, they were all born earlier this year.  This is the year of names that have something to do with weather or atmospheric conditions.  Joey and Suzie were from the year before where the bunnies were named after famous people, although I’m the one who gets to choose who is famous or not.  Joey is named for a friend on Maui who does some background acting in Hawaii 5-0 and other movies so he’s a famous movie star – at least, the bunnies think so but they don’t watch much TV.  Suzie is named after the Suzie who wrote ‘The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits’, a very famous person indeed!  Well, at least, if you’re an angora bunny.  Next year we may name them after textures or soft things.  Fluffy, Squooshie, Silky, Crimpy, Charmin; hmm, maybe we won’t.  Well, some sort of name theme will pop up, no doubt.

Other than Phineus, the other buck who met up with girl bunnies is Joey.  He’s a Ruby Eyed White with really nice shoulders and a cocky attitude.  An angora with an attitude somewhat reminds me of an angry butterfly, but it’s hard to be a tough guy when you’re soft and fluffy.  Joey met up with Cocoa Puff, Ginger & Sandy Storm.

We are hoping for more than one or two litters, but we will have to see how things go.  Sometimes the litters don’t show up in the late summer and early winter.