It’s a done deal: I’m officially employed!!!! I am doing the newsletter, web maintenance, Facebook presence, marketing and going to local farmers markets for a local grass-fed cattle, pork, sheep and poultry operation. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am!!! I got a job where I can use my brain, writing skills, photography, creativity, etc. all while being knee deep in a farm. How much better could it be? To think that I could have ended up in another dead end job like MM. Believe me, that’s where I was headed for sure.
I’m still beating myself up about the rabbits, but I remembered this morning reading about the forage-based rabbits at Polyface farm. The rabbits were started by Joel Salatin’s son as a 4H project. It took five years of line breeding (no outside genetics) with an up to 50 percent mortality rate before Salatin achieved rabbits that would thrive on forage. If I’m going to raise forage-based rabbits, I guess that’s what I’ll need to do, but I’ll be more careful in the future.
I haven’t lost any rabbits in the past 24 hours, but I think I’m going to loose a couple more of the Creme babies. This morning, the Californian doe looked dumpy and she was in the nest box, but the other Creme was too and she hasn’t been sick as best as I can tell so hopefully it was just because it was cold. I’m keeping a close eye on them. I put the Creme and Chin babies back out in the rabbit barn this morning. I didn’t think leaving them on wet hay in the bathtub (given that the floor was solid, it is hard to keep the bedding dry) was going to do them any good. The nine remaining young bunnies are doing okay.
Just a little while ago, I was talking to the farm manager of the farm I am working for about setting up a time for me to come up and take photographs, etc. We talked about a lot of different things and I think I’m going to enjoy working with him. We talked about Gwen’s reluctance to eat anything but the candied-crap I was feeding her. He suggested that I give her a good dose of Jump-Start, is a microbial gel that contains beneficial bacteria, live yeast cells, dried chicory root and enzymes. When I first got Gwen, she was a walking skeleton and refused to eat well and I gave her a couple of doses of Jump-Start and it worked really well. I had forgotten that I had the Jump-Start in my refrigerator. We’ll see how it works now. He said that her rumen was probably screwed up from eating that candied-crap and he’s right. I can’t believe I’ve been so stupid.
I spent a good part of the morning trying to figure out why this journal was not viewing properly in Internet Explorer. I thought I was going to have to get a friend of mine who is a professional web designer to help me, but I figured it out!!!! Because my web server was temporarily down yesterday morning, I started my last post in Word. Well, when I cut and pasted the post into WordPress, good old MS Word plugged in all sort of gobbly-gook code which screwed up good old MS Internet Explorer. It read fine on Fire Fox. I cleaned up the code and it is fine now. Before I discovered that, however, I decided to upgrade WordPress to see if that fixed the problem. Upgrading WordPress is quite complicated and it didn’t the fix the problem, but the newest version of WordPress is pretty slick so it was worth it.
Amazon.com ditched me as are- seller this morning. I guess they didn’t like it because instead of sending my book, Raising Cats Naturally, to buyers when they ordered it, I was telling them to buy it on lulu.com (the on-demand printing company that I use) and then cancelling the order on Amazon. Selling the book via Amazon netted me approximately $5 which is stupid given how much work was involved in sending the book out myself via lulu. That means I need to get my butt in gear and do a better job of marketing the book and selling it via lulu. It irritates me because if you go to Amazon now, there’s two new copies of it, one for $164.69 and one for $278.50; the least expensive used copy is $74.69. I guess I should be flattered that a book that I wrote is commanding such a price, but damn!!!! Surely no one would pay that much money for the book. Doing a Google search for Raising Cats Naturally brings the book’s web site to top of the search and the link to buy the book takes you to lulu so why would anyone look for it on Amazon???? Hopefully no one will.
I’ve got to run out to a local farm to get some rye hay for Gwen. I need to get her eating better. The rabbits will like it too.
Until later …