I was perusing Craig’s List last night, looking to see if anyone was getting rid of a chicken tractor, when I came across an ad that is not making my choices any easier. There’s a farmer twenty minutes away who is getting rid of her New Zealands meat rabbits to concentrate on Lionheads. They are all pedigreed and white furred. She has 2 proven junior does, 1 proven junior buck, one unproven doe, six six week old kits and five four week old kits that she’s selling as a lot for $175. Adult NZ rabbits usually go for $30 to $35 here. It is a really good deal, especially coming from this particular rabbitry, who raises ehtically and organically and does part-time pasturing during appropriate weather. It’s ideal.
We just aren’t set up for it yet. We have nothing. No hutches, no grow out cages, no orchard hay or timothy hay or organic alfalfa pellets or watering cups or bottles or food cups. We would be totally unprepared and if there is one thing I am very firm on it is not taking the animals until they have the infrastructure to support them. So then I started poking my nose around the list and found a four cage hutch for sale for $150 that they would deliver. I could totally do this, only the husband is in Alaska and when he comes back we are going to Disneyland soon after. It’s the perfect opportunity, but not the perfect time. This is our first big vacation in years and our last one until 2018. My mother would probably be happy to care for them during that time, but she’ll already be taking care of the chickens.
I don’t know. I guess if it is meant to be we will have another opportunity like this at a time that is better for us and any creatures we bring home. It’s just that this one is so ready-made. Or what I like to think of as fairly idiot proof. Not that I’m an idiot by any means, but it is still easier to start out with the perfect set up and have some success right off the bat than it is to start completely from scratch. I’ll talk to my husband tonight and see what he thinks and then I’ll talk to my mother. Maybe it actually is possible.
I got the rabbit book I have been waiting for from the library last night. I’ve been watching youtube vids for months on rabbits, both care of and processing of. It might be worth a shot if all falls into place. I knew there was a reason we set aside a good chunk of our tax refund. I’m really going to have to think on this.