Alasguns Hopper Haven Rabbitry (Alaska)

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Moving on, let me introduce you to “The Double Lucky”. This is my version of a humane rabbit dispatch tool that i put together, working on the cervical dislocation principle, i see no reason to doubt it’s effectiveness!
Double lucky is just a play on words, a thought that come to me when i realized i had wishbones And horseshoes In one nifty tool!
it’ll be a bit before a trial run but it was just one more thing to cross off the list before “the season gets here”.
Have you tried it out yet? Hubby made something similar but I think the metal he used was too thick to easily get the neck in the right spot.
 

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It will be a couple months before it get’s put to the test but i see no reason why it shouldn't work. If there’s any problems, i’ll just modify it or make a different one. Starting out, i went online and looked at “the factory version” and emulated the principal. Both the “factory” models operate in a horizontal position and mine is vertical, not that i see a benefit to one over the other.

taking advantage of a bit of warmer weather i got the hay and pellet feeders installed today.
 

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After my Champagne dArgent deal coming out of Washington fell thru, i found a very nice group of Satins locally and moved in 4 does and two bucks this afternoon. And by morning i’ll have a poop flow going again in time for spring garden season.

pictures will be along directly, today im leaving them alone to get the feel of the place. Both bucks and two of the does are broken and the other doe is a blue color phase.

Not a very lofty goal on my end, some manure and some meat but after working on this project all thru the fall and a lot of the winter, im ready for some just mundane daily rabbit chores!

Im referring to them as “my Gentiles” as they weren’t my first choice but they’ll get grafted in and do, just fine!😊
 

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Today was a big day in the rabbitry. The vinyl flooring and trim boards are in, all the misc tools are put away, the nest boxes and other essentials are stored under the poop slide and ahhh, the poop slide! It‘s starting to flow again!

this is looking left and right inside the door. It’s nice to be getting on with this project!

next we have the residents. They’re all purebred Satins. First an otter blue doe, a broken blue buck, a broken black doe and a broken blue doe.

And “chip” a senior, broken blue buck. He was a “gimme” but i admire his charismatic attitude and will use him this year on the does.

once the top 2 tier cages are built and installed and the wall penetrations completed i can hang the outer pen and will be 100% done.
 

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At this time, my otter blue doe has been bred and i’ll try to get at least one of the others bred in the next couple days. I want to utilize a laid back breeding schedule for the betterment of the does that will give me 3.25 litters per year, 14 weeks between breeding dates.

Going forward, there’s no shortage of things to do around here now. And while most are zealous about “the first day of spring”, we’ve been waking up to between zero and minus 5 for the last two weeks😔 It is warming to 20/30 during the day, some days.
 
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Thank you @Mini Horses, it’s a lot of fun for a retired guy to make it nice for them! Retiring after 4 1/2 decades as a Machinist has left a smallish void in my otherwise fertile imagination, so this keeps the creative juices flowing.

My second doe is bred now, and the third is a little smallish to breed at the moment. I’m gonna hold off and give her another 4 to 6 weeks.

Today i got 2 of the 5 lounging shelves installed And the rabbits like them real well. They are the same height as the top of the nest boxes, which will give everyone some welcome room once kindling commences!

UPDATED: All the shelves are done and first of the week i’ll take after the upper tier where (punk resides). My junior Buck.

Sweet Pea and Miriam seem to approve!😘
 

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