I am very happy to announce that I have finally tattooed a rabbit. If you have been following my blog you will see that I have really struggled with tattoos. I mean that it has become something that has haunted me. I sell rabbits never knowing if the tattoo was actually going to work. I am very grateful that everyone I have sold to has been very understanding of my deficiencies. I have purchased multiple tattooing tools, still no luck. Finally, I changed ink and eureka I have a tattoo. I purchased Speed Ball India Ink Super Black from amazon. Another rabbit breeder suggested it to me. I am so thankful that it worked. I know it seems like a simple task but is was really frustrating.
Now that we successfully tattooed this little buck we were able to separate him from his Momma and sisters. We have several rabbits that are for sale and whenever I worry about running out of cages, buyers show up, so I am patiently waiting for that to happen again.
Today is the shortest day of the year, winter solstice, time to plant garlic. I keep garlic cloves in my refrigerator, I know that they will last in the pantry as well, but in the refrigerator they last for a year or more. These are cloves are from 2013 so I am really hoping they grow well, they had started to sprout in the frig. I planted them in a deep bed of straw and rabbit manure. I hope this will give them the protection they need from the hard freezes but still allow them to grow large bulbs.
We are continuing to work like elves on our homemade Christmas gifts. Our family is really simplifying our Christmas traditions and the one thing that we all agreed on, is that we do not need as many gifts. My kids are truly amazing, but that is a book for a different day. Anyway, we decided to have two gifts, one store bought and one homemade. All of the gifts I am giving this year are sewn. Below there are pictures of one of the puppets I am making for my son and the felt pretend pie I made for my daughter. I hope they enjoy them. I am unable to post what I am making for my husband because he occasionally reads my blog and I do not want to give it away.
On a sad note we lost another chicken to a hawk. We are hoping that early in Spring when the ground thaws we will build a new chicken yard. We need one that has wire on the top, we found bird netting is horrible to work with. We would like to have a chicken yard and rabbit grow out pen together. I have heard that the rabbits and the chickens enjoy each others company. When the rabbits where in with the chickens in the past we did have larger litters, we will have to see if there is truly any connection between the two.
On a happy note, we are looking for some land to rent so that next year we can not only grow more of our food, but also food for our friends that really would like more of our veggies. A couple of CSA families is my dream for the future. I would like to eventually have a larger property and support my love of farming with a handful of CSA subscriptions.
That is all for now. Merry Christmas to you all from Our Family to Yours.