We sold our first rabbit!

We had a new customer come out last night for farm products.  He was particularly interested in the rabbits and asked if he could buy a processed rabbit.  I told him sure!  I did not expect to sell too many processed rabbits, but who knows.  I love rabbit and am very glad we started raising them because we couldn’t afford to buy them.  We’ve also pre-sold some ground beef from Spot.  We decided to offer only ground beef for sale.  We are going to have some steaks cut from the meat, but they’ll be for our use.  I don’t want to deal with pricing the other cuts or try to gauge what cuts people would want to buy.  It would be way to frustrating.

It was a pretty good day yesterday.  I made the cornbread, cookies and baked ham that I talked about yesterday morning.  I also did four loads of wash, three of which I hung out to dry.  I didn’t do much else.

Now here it is Tuesday and back to MM I go.  I’m going to have to tell them this morning that I’ll go back to my original shifts, assuming they’ll give them to me.  Can’t afford to live on three shifts.  I checked the unemployment web site and only four new jobs were posted, none of which I could apply for.  It seems I’m stuck with MM for now.  Oh well, it has its perks.  I watch for the glass gallon jars to be emptied of their contents and then grab them, wash them and bring them home.  They are so useful!  I have been making small batches of cheese using these jars.  Except for a little bit of difficulty getting the curds out of the jars, they work great.  The MM red sauce spice mixture comes in plastic pails.  I’ve brought home a lot of them and they have been extremely useful!  We’ve used the crap out of those buckets.  Every day I work, I bring home a trash bag full of vegetable scraps and we re-use the trash bags.  The dough comes frozen in plastic bags and if I’m working when they tray dough, I take home the plastic bags and use them for trash bags in the kitchen.  We haven’t bought trash bags in a long, long time.  It’s stupid what people throw away on a regular basis.

Yesterday Wally talked to the father of the boy that was interested in Ace.  Apparently the boy is still interested in him, but the father is trying to get him to wait until the spring to buy a horse.  Wally said that he thought to himself, “Michelle is likely to no longer be interested in selling him to you.”  He’s right.  I did more research on the right type of food to best put weight on a horse.  Right before he went to live with that lady, I was feeding him a supplement made by Nutrena called Empower Boost and his weight was pretty good before he went home with her.  He’s thinner now and I can’t seem to get his weight back up.  I considered buying more of this supplement, it’s very expensive, about $28 for a 50 pound bag, but you don’t need to feed much of it.  It’s very difficult to get the ingredients for all of these commercially-prepared horse products on-line, but I finally found the ingredients for Empower Boost:

“Rice Bran, Whole Flax Seed, Ground Corn, Soybean Oil, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Calcium Carbonate, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Vitamin E Supplement, Yeast Culture, Selenium Yeast, Natural & Artificial Flavors Added, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Saccharin Sodium, Manganese Methianine Complex, Copper Lysine Complex, Zinc Methianine Complex, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Case Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium, Thermofilium Fermentation Product, Enterococcus Foecim Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Propylene Glycol, BHA (a preservative), Citric Acid (a preservative)”

That it has corn as the third ingredient makes it a no-go for me and of course further down the list, Saccharin Sodium, Propylene Glycol and BHA which are really no-gos.  I found the ingredient list on a horse forum and one poster suggested feeding black oil sunflower seeds.  Well heck, why didn’t I think of that?  Black oil sunflower seeds are very, very high in fat and other nutrients.  I regularly feed them to the goats when I’m milking them.  They are expensive, but not as expensive as some of those high powered commercial mixtures.  I can get flax seed from a mill in Statesville and I need to go there soon to get more rabbit food so I might grab a bag of flax seed to add to their mixture.  I’ll also start adding some whey to their grain.  Then, along with a good mineral supplement and of course lots of hay, I think I’ll be okay.

Sudi’s winter coat hasn’t come in yet and he was shivering when I went down to feed them.  That made me glad I was feeding them a warm grain mixture.  Ace has already fuzzed up pretty well and he wasn’t shivering.

Until later …

2 Replies to “We sold our first rabbit!”

  1. ” It’s stupid what people throw away on a regular basis.” We are trying so much harder NOT to be wasteful. Glad you are doing well. I enjoy your stories.

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