New Quail Hatch

We have a new hatch of coturnix quail that started yesterday. We are selling chicks for $2/each on a first come first served basis. There will be another hatch in 3 weeks with more available.

"One, two, three....er...stop moving!"

“One, two, three….er…stop moving!”

Beatrix (the rabbit) and her litter

We’ve called off social services. It seems that Beatrix, our breeding doe, has reformed her ways and decided on a parenting style that doesn’t include neglecting her kits. She lost one set in October and miscarried in November, so we’re pretty excited to finally see the product of Rex’s (the buck) 5 seconds of hard work.

Beatrix kindled 10 kits; 2 stillborn, 2 runts (who only lasted a few days) and 6 strong, healthy ones. Seeing as Beatrix is a little difficult to work with and just a bag of nerves and misery all the time, I’ve been eyeing up one of her daughters to replace her. In rabbits you can breed father-daughter or mother-son but not siblings. Other fruitless combinations are mother-daughter and father-son.

All the kits are pure New Zealand REW’s (red eyed whites) and will be ready for the table at 8 weeks, and tanned into gloves and hats a few weeks after that.

In the meantime it’s great watching the 6 of them bounce around and constantly pester their mother for a moment with a teat. If I were her offspring, I’d be careful how far I push a doe like Beatrix. Be warned little bunnies!

Quick note: the little chocolates under the cage are turds and make great green manure. The rabbits product a few gallons per week and we’re running out of room. If you’re interested in some free fertilizer for your grass, veggies or flowers, come by and pick some up.

Newest farm member

Back in December, during some of the busiest times this house has seen, we adopted a shelter dog. He came with the name Tristan (a reference from James Herriot) but we quickly changed it to Basil (more herb than Fawlty Towers).

He was rescued from the Six Nation reserve where he was born a mutt of German Shepherd and something else (the SPCA thinks Rottweiler). His energy level and temperament are great, but the cat would disagree.

At 5 months he still has a lot to learn (mainly to leave the cat alone) and I think he’s going to really enjoy all the time he’ll have in the summer garden.

basil

Not really legs, more like stilts.

Not really legs, more like stilts.