Skyland Dwelling

Experiments in Urban Homesteading - DIY to feel alive!
Newborn Lionhead bunnies. Amazingly they will have copious amounts of hair (including a mane) in a few weeks!

Newborn Lionhead bunnies. Amazingly they will have copious amounts of hair (including a mane) in a few weeks!

In our backyard its often hard to tell if the patrons or the services rendered are more brutish.

In our backyard its often hard to tell if the patrons or the services rendered are more brutish.

We were sold this male rabbit last summer … it turned out to be a female unicorn … and yes having this fur ball as a pet would be emasculating if I couldn’t claim it was my daughters’.

We were sold this male rabbit last summer … it turned out to be a female unicorn … and yes having this fur ball as a pet would be emasculating if I couldn’t claim it was my daughters’.

Dinner 1-6 turned 2 weeks today. Two more does are due to kendle this week. Going to need a freezer soon … 

After 2 frozen Californian litters (one yesterday) we brought the next doe due inside. She gave birth last night to 6 live and one dead bunny. You wouldn’t think form my girl’s expression that I’m going to pull off harvesting these little ones in 10 weeks for the dinner table.  Stay tuned! We have two (very cute) Lionhead litters due in two weeks—diabolical distraction? Plus I promised if we eat these then we will have room for more babies!

After 2 frozen Californian litters (one yesterday) we brought the next doe due inside. She gave birth last night to 6 live and one dead bunny. You wouldn’t think form my girl’s expression that I’m going to pull off harvesting these little ones in 10 weeks for the dinner table.  Stay tuned! We have two (very cute) Lionhead litters due in two weeks—diabolical distraction? Plus I promised if we eat these then we will have room for more babies!

Eggs we collected from our 7 chickens. Apparently they think we need variety. It is appreciated.

Eggs we collected from our 7 chickens. Apparently they think we need variety. It is appreciated.

The rabbit saga continues

After loosing our female lionhead rabbit for 6 days in the back yard we decided to try to try to breed her again. The last time we tried she wasn’t receptive. This time she was also not having anything to do with our other rabbit. Lots of territorial stomping and running around. We brought them inside that evening for some much needed grooming. While holding our “male” lionhead I checked the gender on an impulse. Low and behold we have 2 female lionheads and no male. No on wonder they weren’t breading. We had a good laugh and called the breeder.  We are going to breed them both back to her herd.

In other news our goat Fergie went into heat last night and was bred. We finally get the goats from the breeder on Groundhog’s Day. Then our little yard will probably then qualify as a petting zoo!

This cattle dog we rescued has a fascination with bees. This is one of my favorite photos from last spring. I really wish she just liked to watch them. Eating them is bad for the bees and her. Strange how a being can be so intelligent yet so unable to overcome its instincts—like the parable where the scorpion gets a fateful ride across the river on the frogs back … 

This cattle dog we rescued has a fascination with bees. This is one of my favorite photos from last spring. I really wish she just liked to watch them. Eating them is bad for the bees and her. Strange how a being can be so intelligent yet so unable to overcome its instincts—like the parable where the scorpion gets a fateful ride across the river on the frogs back … 

This little bun was found 6 days after fleeing the exercise yard. She can barely see through her hair.  Somehow she found water and food while evading our 3 dogs and 2 neighborhood foxes for 6 days. She was just standing in the back yard when I took the compost out tonight. Seems healthy. Kids (and I) are happy!

This little bun was found 6 days after fleeing the exercise yard. She can barely see through her hair. Somehow she found water and food while evading our 3 dogs and 2 neighborhood foxes for 6 days. She was just standing in the back yard when I took the compost out tonight. Seems healthy. Kids (and I) are happy!