Childhood friendships. So so happy my kids get these times and opportunities. Three families of kids here in this pic. All come together when there’s a farm crisis and we work together because that’s what friends do. They don’t know they’re making memories that will bubble to the surface when they’re in their thirties and trying to figure out the stuff they thought they had all figured out in their twenties. They’re just enjoying the sun, the leaves, the swings, and each other. And that’s as it should be. #tribe #blog http://ift.tt/2f5yeS7
I’m doing some googling this morning that seems morbid and thinking how my search terms may look to someone who doesn’t know what all is going on here. 😂
Our rabbits are due to kindle any day now. Which means that it’s not long til I’m going to have to kill a lot of young rabbits. I am determined to do this in the most humane way possible.
Knocking them out leaves too much room for operator error, especially someone as clumsy as me.
Cervical dislocation is touted as the most foolproof humane way, but knowing that decapitated heads have been observed showing expressions of terror or grief, to glance back at their bodies, and to focus on the face of someone who called their name has me convinced that it is not true death, but merely a loss of all bodily control until death comes by lack of oxygen (which can take many minutes) or by lack of blood supply to the brain (possibly quicker but not enough).
Looks to me like destruction of the brain is the best way, at least it removes the possibility of consciousness/suffering. I’ve personally seen it done with an air rifle to the back of the head, and that’s the method we have planned. Now that it’s getting closer to actually happening, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t invest in a shotgun to really be sure…
One of the reasons I’m so excited to be raising our own meat (why we’re not just vegetarian or vegan is another post, another day) is so that I can be sure that the animals have been treated humanely, respectfully, and ethically. That is the very least we can do for that which sustains our lives.
What do you think? Will the air rifle be enough or shall I go shotgun shopping?
Been spending a little time spiffing up our “warren” yesterday and today… It’s really starting to look like a tiny little dream farm! Today we bred all the does, tomorrow we’ll do it again because that’s how you breed rabbits. They don’t have a “season” of heat or estrus; they ovulate on demand when they are mounted. If you are deliberately trying for offspring, as we are, you put them back together within 24 hours for the eggs that were released at the initial mounting to be fertilized. Within 28-32 days, we should have quite a few itty bitty bunny kits! #tribe #blog #mytinydreamfarm #farmkids http://ift.tt/2ctRLfx
Hello little friend! So grateful for all the landscaping the previous owners of our home did. 😊 #tribe #blog http://ift.tt/293ATJS
Also yesterday. This girlie built this new cage for her rabbit. All. By. Herself. She is so pleased, and her rabbit, who was skittish and scared of humans just two weeks ago now hops toward her for petting and eats from her hands. #tribe http://ift.tt/1Ox1GgZ
Finished our ditch yesterday! 70 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 6-8 inches deep. To the left of the ditch is higher ground, and to the right, across the driveway, is our neighbor’s house. The rain runoff has been ruining his yard and is now threatening his koi pond. Last heavy rain washed away his underpinning and flooded his crawl space. 😩 Hopefully this will channel the rain in a better direction til we can do something better. The kids helped a lot and felt so good looking at the finished work! #tribe #blog http://ift.tt/1UVrvUn
We have WABBITS! #tribe #TinyFarmBeginnings http://ift.tt/25Px2Uy