This has been a fun week here at home. We are blessed to welcome two sets of baby rabbits!
One mama birthed 4 babies on Monday evening (5/4/15). This rabbit, Vellie, is our indoor “pet” rabbit. She lives the high life in her cage. She enjoys the interaction with he family and has no doubt been spoiled by living in a temperate environment.
Here is the photo of Vellie’s newborns.
As we celebrated these teeny tiny additions on their 4th day, another mama had 5 babies of her own.
Vellie’s babies with more fur on their 4th day.
And the newest set of babies born on 5/8/15. This is Junie B’s newborn rabbits. June B lives outside in the barn with the rest of our rabbits.
As with any homesteading there are perks and their are pitfalls.
One of the perks is the obvious addition and the enjoyment of newborn animals.
These are our furry friends and pets for the short time they are here. We as a family help raise these animals so that down the line they can sustain us and others. We keep some for selling purposes but alas, these are livestock, small, teeny even, but livestock none the less.
Yes, our children understand, and I will share more about that in another post.
One of the pitfalls with homesteading and livestock is the death of a newborn. Sadly, one baby from Vellie’s kindle (birthed baby rabbits) was lost within the first hour of birth. Babies must remain in their warm nesting box or they will get too cold and die…as this one did. Burials are an unfortunate occurrence around here that I must endure.
No more sadness though, we still have more babies to share with you!
Here is one of Vellie’s babies at 4 days old:
And here is another one of Vellie’s babies at 6 Days old:
We are in LOVE with these wonderful little creations and we thank God for letting us help take care of them for the time we get.
I will post more next week!
These babies grow so fast and I believe they just get cuter and cuter too!
Come back soon to see more adorable baby bunnies and learn more about raising them on a homestead.
In His Grace.