Lol I ended up never leaving! I am glad to see your back!
Edited by holm25 - 2/25/16 at 4:42am
Sounds to me like it was pretty severe and there isn't anything else you could have done. I would have done the same.
My first hen that I had to cull was because of a prolapse (not nearly as bad as your hen's) and I still wonder if I could have saved her, almost two years later! But, I think it had been out all day before I found it and she also had some other issues going against her as well. So, as awful as it was, it was still probably the best thing for her
Good day, my Minnesota peeps!
I am SO happy about this hatch. I had such a rough time with hatching last year with incubator problems, this totally makes up for it.
I started putting nesting boxes in the rabbit cages last night. I think a couple of the does did not settle, but I will give them boxes anyway. I have been fooled before. I palpate the abdomen at two weeks and can feed marble sized fetuses in there, usually, when they are preggers. BUT some of them have them hiding in there, tucked up high or something, so I miss feeling them. Of course, I don't want to squeeze too hard when I do it either. It is never fun to find a whole litter dead on the cage floor. Our first time breeding rabbits, well, was not intentional. My husband built this beautiful rabbit hutch with a rounded top with lap cedar, had three cage sections and looked really cool on the front of the new garage we had just built. One night as I was coming home from taking my son to a violin lesson in February. We looked in to see the male had a visitor, Dotty from next door. The two does had chewed through an entire 2x4 to get over to Sable. A month later, we had 8 baby bunnies and in 5 different colors. It was so fun, we decided it was only fair to put Buttercup in with Sable to breed too. I didn't think she was pregnant, and her due date had passed by two days. The bunnies bums were getting dirty from where they pooped and peed in one spot so much it was staining them when they went over in that part of the cage, so we were going to bathe them. LOL You never bathe rabbits, we found out later. But while we were drying off Buttercup, there was blood, then four little kits followed. We were in business. The rabbits we had weren't of the best quality, well, the buck was beautiful just a little too black for my friend the big time breeder to keep. We bought them in the FFA Barnyard at the fair where she sells them every year for pets. We got some other ones to breed with and worked with the best of the first ones. Here we are 10 years later and the kids have stopped showing, but I am as addicted to the rabbits as I am with the chickens. The rabbits have come a long way and have improved, so that is part of why it is so hard, I put a lot of time and effort into making them better. But most of them are probably going to go this Spring. I will keep DD's favorite pets, but I will look for people breeding for most of the others.
If you all know anyone who is looking for Mini Rex or Holland Lops this Spring, I have litters coming ;)
It isn't the eating of the plants I would worry about as much as keeping the chickens from digging everything up.