Coop Break-In

Well, the chicken coop isn’t as predator-proof as I thought it was. No one died… I should tell you that now, but we could have very easily lost every single chicken.

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Something tried to get into the coop run. What? I don’t know. It could have been a raccoon, or a fox, or a stray dog, or even a mountain lion. The suspicious part is that we heard absolutely nothing last night. No noises. Nothing. Raccoons are noisy buggers. Which leads me to believe it really could have been a mountain lion.

It may be hard to tell, but the chicken wire was actually torn apart. Shredded! Not on a seam either! It was torn open in the middle of each piece –in three different spots of the run. Before you think I’m crazy for suspecting a mountain lion, these rips were not only the size of a dinner plate, but I have seen a mountain lion with my very own beady little eyes on the next street over. They are a truly local predator. And who doesn’t like to eat chicken anyway?

Oh, Dandelion…

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: whoever came up with the phrase “breed like rabbits” has never owned rabbits. Obviously.

If you’re new to our silly little blog, I’ll fill you in real quick. Dandelion is our fawn-colored doe (female) rabbit. When we first attempted to bred her in the spring, it took three separate breedings to finally get a litter from her. That is three months of waiting folks. Three months of toe tapping and calendar marking expecting to see a litter in the nest box at the end of each thirty day cycle.

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Dandelion is also the only agouti rabbit we have. Which means that she is the only rabbit that can contribute to great color genotypes that make those colors to die for like: chestnut, orange fawn, cream fawn, opal, and red.

So of course when we bred her thirty-four days ago I was expecting to see a few of these gorgeous colors in her nest box. But no. Instead, I keep finding an empty box. What does this mean now you ask? Now we wait the full thirty-six days, to make sure that Dandelion isn’t just playing with our heads, and then we will re-breed her on Tuesday hoping that maybe this time she will really take.

Let’s all collectively sigh. {sighhh}

Rabbits are simply never cooperative when you would like them to be.