Usual day of morning chores here at the farm, so I will take the time to say a bit about our rabbits. We have what is called a colony of rabbits, we have Flemish Giants. The rabbits are in a circular pen about 40’ in diameter, 4’ fence with 2”x4” mesh (this is because it alternates as a garden and the 4’ mostly keeps the chickens out) with 2’ of chicken wire at the bottom (this keeps the babies in). They have a raised box where their feed is put out in the morning and a place to capture them if needed. There are two covered areas about with the roof about 1’ off the ground that provide shade and a starting place for their tunnels. When it is real cold or hot they like to be underground and they feel secure there. The does make nest underground and birth there. I do not see the baby rabbits until they are about a month old when they venture out. This seems to work for the rabbits and I like it also, I could not keep rabbits in a small cage. When they first go in a “new” pen, after they are switched from the other pen, they have plenty of weeds and grass. After a while I supplement their feed with garden weeds and vegetable pulp from making carrot, beet, and other juices. When they have left the “old” pen, it is ready for the soil to be turned and leveled for the “new” garden area. I also fill in tunnels as best I can. The disadvantage to this type of pen is that you cannot introduce new rabbits, the established females may kill new one and males may come to harm also. I keep 1 male and 4-5 females as the main group. The rabbits have tunneled out a couple times, they don’t venture off, I just collapse the tunnel back to the inside of the fence.
I also put the 3rd and 4th coats of paint on the new Martin gourds, all I have to do now is attach them to a line and up they go.
We like to get woods chips, for mulch, delivered to the farm. When we see the tree trimmers out and about we request they dump their chips at our place, we usually tip them, however they also just dump them where ever they may be trimming. Today we went down the road a bout 2 miles to a neighbors place where the trimmers had deposited a load of chips. We got them home and in the beds before too many weeds sprout, spring is fast approaching.