Thursday, December 29, 2011
Happy Winter to All!
On the note of hay, we ended up having to stock up due to the fodder shortage in Texas. All the ranchers have been coming up to Colorado and buying up the hay to feed their beef cattle, causing a shortage here for the locals. The price was going up, up, up, and it was getting harder to find the hay, so rather than just buying what we could fit in the hay storage and looking for more later this winter, I had to nab it whenever I could find it. I have 6 bales of grass hay and one of alfalfa. They should last me until next spring. I use the ones in the storage structure, since they're easier to get at, and will move the ones under the tarp when I have the space.
Here's a close-up of the bunny condos. There's plexiglass on the front doors to keep snowfall out of the rabbit condos, so they stayed nice and dry, and it also helps keep it warmer in there, so the water bowls freeze a bit less. They still get plenty of sunlight, when the sun shines. There are side windows too, and vents at the top to keep the air from getting stale. I have gutters on the north side for the rain and snowmelt, and I have gutters installed below the second story of the yellow condo that serve as poo-catchers. Look closely, and you'll see that the tray under the weanlings up there slants, so the waste rolls down and out for easier removal.
Happy winter to all! Enjoy the activities the cold, snow, and dark inspire at this time of year! For us, that will include learning to knit and learning to tan those rabbit hides. I've got some designs for neat products I'm going to make using their lovely fur. I'll have to get my leather-working skills up to speed. I'll post more on that soon.