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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:42 pm 
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Well Quokka (Mum)l had another congigal visit with Cal as the sun was going down. They spent a little while together, she did a few laps, he thumped his foot, and we had some laughs as he hopped on , would't let go and then promptly fell sideway when he was finished, it was such a laugh. ROFL Just put her back home with the babies, and I have the scars to prove it, she has very sharp nails.
We should be able to process two batches before the end of the year. Will probably rest them over the summer months when it is too hot to do anything other than go fishing!

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:05 am 
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What a pretty rooster!


Bloody rippa mate... :rock:

Though I'm yet to see him doing the job with the right girls, he's been going for the isa browns, but not the wyandottes.



Funny you should say that. He was in with 2 isa's previously and they always looked like they had had a big big night of shagging. The wyandottes looked untouched. Never had any broody hens so perhaps he was shooting blanks - see what happens next month.


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:30 pm 
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Quokka has given birth to another 5 healthy kits :thumb:
Not sure when it happened as she has a very private nature about her and the weather has been miserable and wet so it was not discovered until Thursday morning.
Harvest on the first 7 is unlikely to proceed at the planned date of 10th Oct - 12 weeks of age as there does not seem to be enough meat on the bones.
It has been scheduled to have a rest period for the summer months when it is hot, for everyones sake.
Jandakot is not a nice place when it is 45 degrees. Sorry no photos, they are covered in fluff, maybe tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:09 am 
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if you are breeding a commercial meat rabbit like a new zealand feeding on 18% feed you can get a .5 to .75 kg "fryer" in 8-10 weeks on 16% it becomes 12-14 weeks.


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:39 pm 
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Do you mean the percentage being the rate of protein Big Worm?

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
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yep... here you get 16% or 18% protein depending on the brand. i have about 40 large fryers to butcher this week.
one good breeder doe can produce around 90 pounds of meat a year thru her offspring.


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:11 am 
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Faye wrote:
Harvest on the first 7 is unlikely to proceed at the planned date of 10th Oct - 12 weeks of age as there does not seem to be enough meat on the bones.


Hi Faye, just wondering if you have tried weighing them? (not sure how easy that would be with a live rabbit though!!!) Cal is a bit smaller than our buck, but at 12 weeks we do get 1kg after butchering. Do you have them in a separate pen yet? We wean at 8 weeks so the does get a good break for a while and the kittens have four weeks to fatten up.
You would probably be surprised at how much meat is actually there by the time the date comes around! If we leave them much longer than 12 weeks they seem to put on more actual fat than muscle.

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Well I suppose we should at least stick with the original date, it would be soo easy to put it off. They come to me and follow me around the pen to say hello. You know we had a couple of slip ups, they dug out, it must have been like Hogans Heros one found an escape and the rest followed, mum couldn't fit. She was frantic and there was like a 10cm square mesh that didn't have a second layer and they found it. In the morning we were like what the, not one baby rabbit and then the chase was on. It took a little while to round them up, but they are not hard to catch when you bend down and call them, except for "Dark Evader".
Rabbits eat fly wire so though the security doors are a great idea the flywire needs to be on the outside and a fine wire mesh on the insidle, once again we got them all, the last one was to be caught was black with a white paw, hence the name the "Dark Evader" and I had the scratches to prove it. We tried sexing them the other day, and unless we got the same ones twice we have all girls, imagine how many more we could make with that lot.
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The bottom pic shows the "Dark Evader". Need girl names now Stuit is really a boys name isn't it?
Perhaps Barbie :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:26 pm 
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best not to name them, and treat them as meat. small homesteaders tend to get attached to meat critters....it makes the other end of it harder than it needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:17 pm 
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I take the pont Big Worm, however the names are more like recipes or ways to cook them Like Stew it and Barbie is short for Barbecue :sad2: Only two weeks to go Mmmmm

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
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we have had a few named stew...lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:20 am 
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Na...... I've decided that I love them all and we can't eat any of them Faye..... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
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Na...... I've decided that I love them all and we can't eat any of them Faye..... :)

see? see? soft heart + homested = no dinner


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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:43 pm 
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The date remains and the plan is to proceed with harvest on 10th October, or the day may come and go. I can see it would be quite easy to put it off. They do seem to be gaining weight more rapidly I think. The first batch are now 10 weeks old and the second litter are about 10 days old, and should be opening their eyes very soon. The five that were born from this litter seem markedly bigger and healthier, we had quite a loss with the first thirteen and ended up with 7 from that litter.
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Afternoon nap time!

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 Post subject: Re: Bunnilicious Stud
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:47 pm 
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Naaa, I'm not really turning Big Worm... :)

But Faye should stop put up cutesy pictures like the ones above.. :sad2:

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