Yuck, this weather. The poor chickens, we laid down a big bag of pine shavings in the run last week because it was so muddy and the poor things are sloshing around in the mud again. I looked up the past weather in a fit of frustration (because SURELY it hasn't been raining as much as it feels like). NOPE. In the last two weeks it has rained 11 days... only 3 days without rain in the past two weeks! My poor garden is suffering, my poor chickens are muddy, and my kids and I are feeling so cooped up it's becoming unbearable. I just want SUMMER!
I DO have a question, but it isn't about chickens... Our neighbor brought over a baby cottontail bunny tonight. Her dog found a nest apparently and there was only one survivor. Unfortunately Momma bunny didn't make it (she said she found a pile of fur and since the babies are still pretty fur-less, I'm sure Momma didn't make it). They thought that since we have rabbits, our doe might adopt it. Clover (our doe) is going to have babies any day now, but no babies yet... we checked when the neighbor brought the bunny over, but she hadn't even pulled fur yet. I told them there probably wasn't much chance of survival, but that we'd take it and try. I put the baby in my shirt to warm it up since it felt cold and my girls filled a box with straw. I added a bit of wool to the nest and put a little 'blanket of wool over the baby. I have a heat amp set up about 2-3 feet above the box... it feels warm, but not hot, I can't find my thermometer. I read about mixing a little egg yolk with goat milk for a formula, so I can try that before I go to bed and again in the morning. It's belly was nice and round when they brought it over, so I figure that buys me a little time. HERE'S THE QUESTION... Do you think I can give this bunny to my doe after she has her kits in the next day or two? It's pretty young, I'd say less than a week old... eyes still closed, ears still closed/down, barely any fur.
Edited to add pictures.. it was definitely rooting when I was holding it for pictures.
*I don't know why it rotated these on upload... computer's trying to be smart I guess.
Edited by emorems0 - 6/30/15 at 7:46pm