I recently purchased two six-month-old Silver Fox sisters. I’ve had them up in cages until yesterday when I put them out into a deep bedded tractor. As soon as they got in there, they started to fight, but I have the cure for that: Gel-the-Magnificent! I sent him into the tractor and he knows fighting is not allowed (rabbits or cats) so he positioned himself between them. One of the sisters, Kenya, thought she’d take a turn at Gel, but thought better of it. When one of the cats, Nettie, hopped in the tractor, Kenya did jump on her! I think we might have another “EB” on our hands!
We had a rabbit we named “EB” (short for “Evil Bitch”). She was a fantastic rabbit, but you had to be careful putting your hands in her cage if she had babies because she would jump on you. She died from infection from a snake bite defending her babies from a black snake that got into her cage.
Within 20 minutes, the rabbits decided that fighting was probably not a good idea and settled down. I expect by the time I get out there this morning, they’ll be sitting side by side. Working towards producing more fertile mulch for the garden in preparation for next year! I’ve got one more pen of three rabbits to process this morning, then nothing will be ready for a few months. We’ve got quite a few frozen ones in the freezer, but Wally and I decided that we would eat a rabbit every Sunday so they may not last long! I’ve got a pot of pinto beans on the stove (with a ham bone!) so I decided tomorrow’s rabbit will be BBQ’d.
The next batch are pure Silver Fox bucks and I’ll let them mature to five months or so in order to have better pelts for tanning — yes! I’m going to do it this time! They are too beautiful to compost!
A litter of Silver Fox bunnies and their mother basking in the sun:
Eating rabbit disturbs some people, but rabbit meat is one of the healthiest meats available and they can be grown in a sustainable manner. Here at Spellcast Farm, they live happy lives and eat really good food (much of it grown here or by other local farmers). Plus given they are a heritage breed, we are preserving genetic biodiversity.
Until later …