Archive for the ‘Rabbits’ Category

Dispatching Rabbits

We’ve had some questions about how we dispatch rabbits when processing them. We’ve had a lot of success with the method detailed in this YouTube video: We’ve found this method is quick and humane. Additionally, it requires no special tools as long as you have a broomstick around. I hope this helps those of you […]

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In Part 1 I gave an overview of our rabbit grow out practices in the growing season, and profiled a rabbit breeder’s choices for growing out rabbits in winter. Here I will detail the grow out method we are using this winter. This winter we are using our portable rabbit tractors as grow out pens […]

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Winter presents a number of challenges on the homestead, one of which is how to grow out rabbits. Today I’ll explain our grow out method for the growing seasons, and what we do in winter! When grass is growing, we grow out meat rabbits or replacement breeders in portable pens we call rabbit tractors. To learn […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday 11/12, 2-4pm Join us Saturday for our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats for pets, dairy, and land clearing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will cover handling goats, goat health check, […]

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We are excited to be a part of Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour this year! We have participated in the past two spring farm tours, and we think this year’s fall farm tour will be just as fun. As always, we’ll conduct tours of the farm so visitors can learn more about local agriculture. There will […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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I thought it was time for another Friday on the Farm post! Here are some highlights from this week at Independence Homestead: Goats Enjoy New Goat Pasture Last Saturday we fenced in two more sections of our woods as goat pasture. The milking does moved to one of the pastures, and our buck Champ and […]

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We are offering a Raising Rabbits class this Saturday from 10am-12pm. Come learn all about raising rabbits! This class will be relevant if you’re interested in having  rabbits as pets, showing, doing 4H, or raising your own meat. Get hands-on experience with handling rabbits and performing basic care. The class will include an optional rabbit processing […]

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In running our breeding rabbit operation, we’ve found that having an environment where rabbits can feel safe and relaxed is important to success. We must remember that living creatures are not computers! The inputs of food, water, shelter, and mating do not necessarily equal the output of rabbit kits.  As with all living creatures, the equation is […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday June 18 at 10am We are offering our Goats 101 class again! Come get hands-on experience with goats, and learn about daily care, health care, milking, and more. Raising Rabbits Class Saturday July 9 at 10am In the Raising Rabbits class we’ll cover all the basics of raising rabbits: housing, feed, breeding, and […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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The ducklings we are selling in April are now sold out. If you still want ducklings, contact us to get on the waiting list. We had 40 rabbit kits weaned at the beginning of March, and all of those have now sold! We will have another 3 litters available in mid-April, plus 7 more at […]

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Our rabbits are typically good mamas, but every once in a while something goes wrong. One challenge we’ve come across a few times is rabbit kits who get out of the nesting box too early. They’re not old enough to coordinate getting out and back in the box, and they’re not furry enough to stay […]

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Rabbit Kindling

Delilah gave birth on March 1st, and I had the opportunity to record the process in pictures and video.  For those of you with rabbits who haven’t seen a rabbit kindling firsthand, hopefully this helps you prepare for when your rabbits kindle. 28 days after the mating, we put a nesting box in the doe’s cage. The […]

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Rabbits are well equipped for winter with their insulating fur coats, but there are still some measures we take to make care of them easier, and to ensure their wellbeing. Housing Our breeders are housed in wire cages in semi-protected structures, and this is adequate for most winter weather. When weather is especially extreme, such […]

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Yard Rabbit Caught

If you’ve visited the homestead in the last few months, you may have seen or heard about the yard rabbit! This is one of our silver fox rabbits that escaped from a rabbit tractor. Well, truth be told, this was quite the Houdini of rabbits. We first moved this rabbit and its littermates out to […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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We recently processed our first batch of rabbits and have delicious rabbit meat available now! Up until this time we had sold or kept all of our rabbit offspring, but we finally had some make it to a harvestable size and wow are they amazing! We prepared our first rabbit in the slow cooker with […]

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Here is a short video showing a couple of our most recent litters of Silver Fox rabbits. These are about 5 weeks old and were recently weaned from their mothers. Once weaned we move them out to pasture in our portable pens. These allow them to forage on pasture while being supplemented with certified organic […]

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Rabbit Tractors

We have rabbits living in portable pens, or tractors, now! We mentioned this in our last Friday on the Farm post, and here’s a video of the rabbit tractors.  This is our first attempt at rabbit tractors, so of course there are a few updates we want to make after seeing them in use. Overall, though, […]

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Goat Kids We have an adorable addition to the homestead, two goat kids! They are Alpine does, which we purchased from George’s Mill Farm. If you’re wondering why their ears look green, it’s because they were just tatooed before I brought them home. The lighter colored one was born on March 9th and the tan one on […]

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Spring is here! Well, it feels that way at least. As the days warm up and get longer, we are busy completing projects on the homestead. Unfortunately that means there’s been less time to record all the excitement here on the blog, and I missed posting an update last Friday. Sorry! Here’s an update on […]

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One of our first Silver Fox Rabbit does had her first litter recently. The kits started exploring outside of their nesting box a few days ago. We currently have bucks available for sale that are between 5 weeks and several months old. Please Contact Us if you are interested in buying or trading for rabbits. Enjoy!

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Spring is Coming! It may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching! I can see it in the days that are getting progressively longer. Today we worked outside until 6:30pm, and it seems that not so long ago it was dark by 5pm. While we look forward to warmer weather, I know […]

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