Posts Tagged ‘Rabbits’

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For about a month now we’ve been experimenting with a fodder system for feed. It’s still in the experimentation phase, but I thought I’d share our results so far. After some research, we decided to play around with growing barley fodder. It could lower our feed costs, plus we really like the idea of having […]

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As we enjoy the cooler fall weather and prepare for winter, there have been a lot of fun happenings on the farm! Whiskey found a butternut squash from a volunteer plant that must’ve grown from compost.   Apparently butternut squash is Whiskey’s idea of a dog treat! We have also seen several walking sticks around. […]

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This spring and summer were our first on the homestead, and we are very happy with how much we accomplished. We were able to begin producing some products to sell, chicken and eggs, but primarily this year was a foundational year of laying the groundwork for various endeavors. Meat Chickens In the spring we raised about […]

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Are you familiar with the Slow Food movement? It was started in the 1980s as a reaction to the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome. People had enough of “fast food” that comes at the expense of health, taste, and culture. Now, Slow Food is an international organization whose mission is “good, clean and fair food […]

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Our Silver Fox does had the chance to run around in the grass today. They were born and raised in cages so this was probably the first time they had ever been on grass before. They were very curious, but with the heat of summer they didn’t move around much. We plan on letting them […]

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Part 2 of the series showing our new chicken coop, chicken yard, rabbitry, and apiary. Enjoy!

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We have meat rabbits!  Well, we have a breeding trio whose offspring will be our meat.  The breed we decided to have is silver fox, a heritage breed.  Harley had purchased cages and supplies from Bass Equipment, and we’ll post an article detailing the rabbitry once the rabbits are settled in.  For now, enjoy the […]

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