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Champagne D'Argent Rabbits: Part II

 LODGE 

Muck Boot Diva Headshot The Rabbit Rendezvous Lodge now stands in the back of the MWM’s (Man with Muscles) Mother’s house in Greenwood Lake, and the breeders have moved in!  After several tryst’s that could have used a little candlelight, less scratching and biting to the MWM, and a bottle picked by Bacchus himself, the babies have finally arrived. 

The pro’s call them kits, as that is the official name for rabbit offspring.

The MWM was in his glory; I was just relieved that he was not pacing around waiting for a pregnancy to transpire.  After a while, he started looking my way.  I said, “Oh, no, no, no. No way Bub, I came with kids – package deal.”  At forty eight, there’s no way I’m starting all over with that again.

There are 7 kits all together – they are black and fuzzy.  As they mature, they will look like a silver fox.  We are breeding them for meat production, and plan to focus on specialty restaurants.  When they are older – not babies, or kits.

Today, it looked like they were lined up for the subway, according to our update call.  We are regularly posted by the MWM’s Mother, daily.  She has given the rabbits all human personalizations at this point.  When “Illinois” was going in for delivery it was like hearing the real thing, play by play, if you get what I mean.  “They are rabbits,” I said, “they live in a nest box full of hay in a coop outside in the cold -– they are not people.” 

BUNNIES 

At some point after the birth, I proceeded to hear how Illinois planned on getting her figure back.  I shook my head and left the room.

The MWM did much hard work on putting the structure together.  The inside of the “lodge” looks great.  The MWM put in lighting, an automatic water system, and a wall full of cages.  They purchased an A/C for the summer, and a heater that will trip on at 40 degrees to keep the bunnies warm. 

BUNNIES and ILLINOIS 

I will keep you all apprised on how the set up works throughout the winter – this is the real testing ground for our larger operation.  In the North, we have to get the water working right, and avoid any pipe freezing issues.  Winters are hard!

For now – we all get to enjoy watching the kits grow.  It is a marvelous process, and my niece is still young enough to enjoy it. 

P.S. It seems I am in the "family way" after all; Chienne (My Birthday/Christmas present and our new family puppy) just arrived today!  Photo's later...

Enjoy the Holidays!

Splashingly yours,

Muck Boot Diva

muck boot diva
12/14/2011 8:36:48 AM

Gee -- pay no attention to those typos up there -- that is what I get for going 100 MPH on the keyboard!


muck boot diva
12/14/2011 8:32:23 AM

Hi Dave -- I am one of the few out there that is not afraid of gettin' old! Heck -- they owe me BIG in two years. Rabbits are a great way to start out our oepration, and the bees of course, while working our jobs in NJ. It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2013. I think I'll be driving back and forth to the farm in teh weekends and keeping my job in NJ and the MWM will be at the farm -- well, we shall see -- it is a long way off. Just got my Christmas present early -- a Great Pyrenees puppy! We will be using the breed on the farm for the sheep -- so she is our observation cutie right now ;) Have a great holiday season... MBD


nebraska dave
12/13/2011 7:02:08 PM

Muck Boot Diva, I hope you rabbit experience turns out better than mine. The family have them names, couldn't bear to give them up or breed them and the two I started with died of old age. I had great expectations but didn't think it through with my family to well. They were not raised on the farm and were very citified. Aw well they were kind of fun to have around. It sure drove the cat crazy. She learned a lesson about big thumper rabbit feet when she jumped up in the cage to investigate. The big male gave her a big thump with the hairy back foot and a black and white fur ball came flying through the air out of the cage. Of course Casey Mae the cat was not a real bright cat but very inquisitive one. It looks like you are off to a good start and I can't believe you just told your age on public Internet. Aw what heck 64 is a good age as well. Have a great rabbit raising day.