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Rabbit Friday

August 14, 2015

baby bunny

Can you see me?

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This morning I went to check the new brood of baby bunnies. Every 6 weeks or so, we have new guys hopping around the yard. Certainly not a shortage of bunnies this year, in fact we have an overabundance. The nest location remained a mystery until Tuesday. That was the day I decided to reclaim the second half of our garden space from the blackberry brambles. Both dogs (we’re taking care of Ms Maggie right now) were in helping out and Moby discovered the nest. It was situated in the garden box where the soil was shifting away from the walls, covered with loads of grass. Unfortunately, he grabbed one and there was no way for me to save it. Urgh!  After that fiasco, I kicked both dogs out of the space and covered the remaining buns under the grass. Mom continues feeding the little guys because they were still there this morning, getting bigger, ears lifting more and eyes opening.  The above photo is of the larger, who happened to come out of the nest (and I had to shove it back inside). This is the second time I’ve had to handle them and (fingers crossed) momma bunny hasn’t cared. The little white blaze will disappear as an adult. These are the cottontail rabbits and can weigh up to 54 ounces when fully grown. Our cat brought in a juvenile that weighed close to 2.5 lb. I suspect our adults weigh close to 3 pounds.

Fourth day of cutting on the piece. So far my hands are holding up.

Fourth day of cutting on the piece. So far my hands are holding up.

A little more progress has been made, but not much, on the cell cutting. It takes forever to get rows cut. So far my fingers are holding up, but I’m not pushing things hard. That’s part of the reason it’s going so slowly. I’ll get through another couple of rows today before heading to the coast. They say we’ll be having rain, but I’m still doubtful. Fortunately, the weather has cooled quite a bit. It’s nice to be back in the mid 80’s again.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2015 2:45 pm

    What gorgeous little bunnies, is it usual for the rabbits to have their nests above ground. Our rabbits all live in burrows underground so we never see them this young. Glad the hands are ok with all this cutting, it looks fabulous. Karen

    • paperstew permalink*
      August 14, 2015 9:37 pm

      Yes, the bunnies do nest in weird places here. Brush piles, edges of fences, where ever they feel safe. Hence the high mortality rate. Plus they’re not terribly smart. I was surprised by the location of this nest, but it made sense. Above the ground and tucked under a mass of blackberry vines. Not an easy location to reach. Boy, they sure are cute. I would love to keep one but I know better. 😉

  2. August 14, 2015 3:57 pm

    Loving the look of the cells. The bunny is pretty darn adorable!

    • paperstew permalink*
      August 14, 2015 9:31 pm

      I managed to work for 6hrs today. Only three sections created since yesterday. 2hrs per section seems crazy, but there it is. Makes me wonder if this will truly be completed by October 1. I need to get cracking on it!

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