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Larsen Poultry Ranch

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Still waiting for bunnies. The 29th is the earliest possible due date. Two first timers and two experienced does. If the first timers mess up, the experienced does can foster. Hopefully they have good litters.

Sage - first timer, bred to Expresso. Expected mix of normal and Rex furred bunnies, and likely chestnuts/castors with possibility of opals (dilute). Her genotype: A_, B_, Cc, D_, Ee, Rr
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Raspberry - first timer, bred to Expresso. All Rex furred bunnies, expecting castors & opals. Her genotype: A_, B_, Cc, dd, E_, rr
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I dug out the oleanders planted by the previous owner, or maybe the tenant. The plants still had tags on them and had barely grown beyond the original root ball. Made them easy to dig up, I think I only spent an hour digging. Put them in feed sacks and dropped over the neighbor's fence as they said they wanted them for privacy screen. They said they are going to get sheep, but the oleanders are supposed to not end up in the sheep zone. I hope the sheep are smart enough to not eat the oleanders.
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Did the nightly check on the rabbits and Paprika had eaten all of her nest box hay, either that or dumped it out of the cage, and the cardboard liner was completely gone. She had pulled a small pile of fur which was placed in the empty nest box. I gave her a new liner and twice as much hay and she immediately started creating a new nest. Apparently I didn't stack the hay the right way. She was busy digging and rearranging when I left, I doubt the liner will last long. Guess I need to upgrade her nest box to a plywood liner so the kits won't get chilled from below.

No action for any of the other does yet but I gave them more hay anyway.

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Sheep WILL eat oleanders. I read of an account where sheep got in the yard, chowed down on oleanders and they all died. Deadly poison, as you already know, and no antidote. I'd dig them up too! But I would have put them in the burn pile. Hope your neighbors are smart enough to keep the sheep away.
 

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Sheep WILL eat oleanders. I read of an account where sheep got in the yard, chowed down on oleanders and they all died. Deadly poison, as you already know, and no antidote. I'd dig them up too! But I would have put them in the burn pile. Hope your neighbors are smart enough to keep the sheep away.
I think the smoke might be toxic too. I took the last ones I dealt with to the dump. To my knowledge there's no more on the property.
 

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It's raining! Lots of rain, and supposed to get lots of rain for the next two weeks or so. Fun.

I checked on Paprika after work and she has bunnies! :bunny:bunny:bunny
Congrats on the babies! We so badly need the rain, but the mud is such a hassle.
 
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