|Champagne d'Argent doe ~ "Hazel"|
|Champagne d'Argent buck ~ "Filbert"|
|American Chinchilla doe ~ Serendipity|
The rabbit part of our farm is so enjoyable for me, rabbits are sweet and personable, they're small and don't eat too much, although mine are fed really well. They produce large amounts of wonderful compost material and are easy to house. Rabbits were the first farm animal we got here at Applegarth, and we all fell in love with them. Plus rabbits are a great way to start out small and begin your backyard permaculture plan. My dream is to have a rabbit tractor this Spring and I want to work on a pasture just for them so they can get exercise, dig in the dirt, and lay in the sun. All animals in my care get the opportunity to run free at certain times, they get to stretch their legs, eat grass and lay in the sun. Over the last 5 years I've brought many rabbits out to the garden to play in the sun while I work. It always brings a smile to heart to see them so happy, running and leaping and playing, the garden is totally fenced in so they're safe.
Right now I have 4 mini rex's in the chicken aviary, they have lived there since last summer when I brought the new rabbits in. They happily got bumped from their cages and I think they're really enjoying being free, running and digging, they've made an extensive rabbit warren underground, and they live in total harmony with the chickens. In the evening they come running to me when I call them because they know the chickens are in bed for the night and they get their own special food, a partial flake of grass hay or alfalfa, some rabbit pellets, and their favorite cracked corn. From about 5pm until daybreak they have the total run of the place until the chickens wake up. Everyone seems happy about the arrangement.
|American Chinchilla fur|
This brings us to the fur, what will I do with the fur? My son cured the pelts of the 5 rabbits he did last year. He studied the information in several books and spent time on each fur. This Fall I'm sure I'll be learning myself how to cure the exquisite hides. What will I make with them? I don't know yet, perhaps a hat, or a cozy throw if I save up enough. This is something I am going to have to research more.