tough decisions must be made. Blogging started out as a way to keep my family updated on our lives, out here in tim-buck-two, and to share learning experiences. This sharing lead to friendships and a realization that I was not alone on this homesteading journey. Fast forward to oh-I-need-to-increase-my-readership and The Ward House was linked to Facebook. While this step did increase readership, as it were, it also opened the door to potential issues with county officials.
Now comes to my decision. The Ward House is no longer linked to Facebook. Blogging about living here in rural America, where obsolete zoning laws and ignorance abounds, public county officials are Facebook "friends" and... well... I do not want to send up any red flags or create additional issues. If they want to read, then sign up via RSS or subscribe via email. Unfriending was another option and...this was just easier.
So, on to some new news. I would like to introduce you to Nancy, our first doe of the Ward House meat rabbit clan; she is a six month old California and will have her first litter about June 26th. A friend of ours made the cage and gave us this doe. Out of another, unrelated litter he will give us a buck. Out of Nancy's first litter I will give him a doe. *whew* Sounds complicated, yes? Is she papered? Dunno. Not a concern as these litters are for freezer camp and not the show ring. Did you know that rabbit is the most lean meat AND more protein than chicken?
Rabbits can take cold as long as they are out of the wind and rain. Keeping cool is more of a challenge and one that I believe we have solved; this lean too is on the side of the garage and will need to be expanded to hold two more cages - one more doe and a buck. I'll post more pictures once we get the arrangement right.
Her cage currently has a pan and that may also change... more on that later. For those of you that raise rabbits for food, any tips on how to keep records, care, housing, etc. are appreciated.