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Preparations

Tomorrow is the first day of the Fall semestre, and I’m both excited and wary. It’s going to be different having to take care of my herd and flock before and after class and work. I’m taking nineteen credits this semestre, and the majority of them are upper level engineering courses. I finished building two more cages today, and put my princess, Svetlana, in her own cage, and moved the young bucks over near her and then put one of the large bucks, Rasputin, that bastard, in their old one. Phew. That leaves just three more cages to build, one more 30″x30″ and two 36″x30″.

We’re looking at buying two more hens for the flock, most probably Australorps. The other two breeds on our list are Americaunas and Orpingtons. We really need them to be quiet, though. We think that Clever Girl may be a silent rooster. She hasn’t laid an egg since we got her, but if she is a rooster, as long as she doesn’t crow we’ll keep her.  Also, we planted the fall garden yesterday. My lower back still is sore from all the hoeing we did. So far we have beets, turnips, radishes, carrots, onions, scallions, spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli, and celery seeds planted. We still need to plant some more broccoli, the cauliflower, the cabbages, and when we obtain the seeds for oats and barley (and the starters for garlic) we’ll plant those.

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Team effort building the coop

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Building the frame

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My lovely husband showing off his work.

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Building quickly

A quick update before I head off to bed:

It looks like we’ll be getting three laying hens this weekend. They’re Silky crosses, and should be quiet and calm. They’re already of laying age, so it’ll be easier getting to know the way chickens work and such.

This weekend I gathered all the supplies for cage building and started on this fairly large project. I managed to finish one rabbit cage in its entirety (a whole 30x30x18 inches). It’s much larger than I anticipated, which reassures me that it will be large enough for comfortable and humane living quarters for my future rabbits.

I had a few helpers whilst building these cages: Finnegan, my Weimaraner liked to watch me work and offer me encouragement by asking me to rub his belly.

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Dimitri, my pet Satin Angora rabbit showed me how much room I have given the future rabbits by trying out the semi-finished cage. He only weighs about 6 lbs. American Chinchilla rabbits weigh on average between 9-12 lbs. Nearly twice his size!

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I will soon be the proud owner of a breeding trio of American Chinchilla rabbits, a rare breed of meat and fur rabbits which only have about 50 or so new rabbits registered per year.

The finished product:

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