Now Playing: Barn cleaning for the Fall, and better nutrition for cold weather
Yesterday I spent an few hours whipping things into shape for easier Fall feeding, and started to give the barn the once-over for winter. I am down to few enough rabbits to have them all together for frigid weather, for this has been my goal the last 2 winters. With my time away teaching, this makes feeding the rabbits very simple for my helpers. I now have the luxury of dedicating a barn and nursery cages to JUST that: being a nursery. Next spring I will be able to house 4 pregnant does so they can leisurely kindle their litters in good environments out of the weather.
I also brought in and stacked my hay for the winter. I just LOVE good smelling hay as the whole place takes on a homier feel.
As no grooming chores were looming, I took some time to move rabbit positions in the barn, scrub & reanchor cages to the wall, and give everyone clean bowls as well as new water bottles. The pace looks great!
I also started my winter feeding routine, and am adding a twist this year. I add 1 teaspoon flax seed to everyone's bowls in late afternoon to increase fat content and add fiber to their diet. Feeding this by itself when they are hungry is insurance that they get it. This year I will feed 1 Tablespoon Doc's Rabbit Enhancer as well. So my late afternoon visit will be especially welcome!