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I hope all who visit here find the comfort, joy, and wisdom that comes from making the choice to live a simple life. It surely comes with it's challenges, but life on the farm is overflowing with richness and blessings.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

First breeding experience

I am very excited hopeful that I had my first successful breeding between Layla and Barrymore, both red satins.  LOL, the biggest issue I had is that Layla was none too happy when I tried to remove her from Barrymore's cage. She was laying beside him, grooming him and happy as a bunnie in love. She would roll over top of him and lay on her back.  It's been a week and she seems to me to be a bit grumpy. Wondering if that is normal with hormone changes.  Barrymore on the other hand is still his usual love bunnie self. He is just a hoot and I love him. He runs to the cage door every day and hangs his head out for a kiss on the nose.  Layla has always been a bit on the "stay away" side and she is even more so. She is still eating just fine and otherwise her usual self. I'm hoping the kits get Barrymore's "gimme kiss" personality.
I picked up another 3 stack of cages to be ready, even though it will be a couple months if we have been a success. Picked up some timothy hay for everyone. Barrymore does not seem fond of grass hay and I don't want him to get wool block but he devours timothy.
One terrific thing is that my new raised garden is already topped off with bunnie manure.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A New Day At The Farm

This is the first entry of my blog. Gotta admit this is both exciting and a bit scary but like all new things, gotta just dive it and give it a try.   The cold weather is just refusing to break but at least it's a good reason for a night time fire in the woodstove and a cup of hot chocolate.  Lots of good things on the farm too-  I recently picked up Princess Hope, German Angora, bred by Dustin and on loan to me from JanetG  for future breeding. She is not only beautiful but she is soooo friendly. She spreads out in front of extra lamp I hung for some added heat in the workshop and bunnie bldg.  Barrymore who is our newest Satin Angora buck is in LOVE with Layla, our Satin Angora doe. This is a good thing!! Actually I think he is in love with everyone. He loves to rub noses with humans.  I am waiting for the weather to break out of the 20's and then we will try our first breeding.
As for other accomplishments at the farm, our hen "Paula Bunyan" has been laying mega eggs.  Bob took one to work and weighed it at 121 grams. For reference,  eggs in the grocery store are considered jumbo if they are 71 grams. I took one to my office and the guys at work got so curious they started doing research on my behalf. This week they announced to me that I am in the top 7% in the world for size of a chicken egg.  She is one awesome chick!
Doing some spinning this weekend and knitting a few rows of a blanket every night.