One of the kits decided to cop an attitude today when I went to take them from the tractor and put them back into their cage. It did not want to go back into the cage and decided to slash my wrist with its back paws to show me just how much it did not want to go back into the cage. I thought I’d spare you the before shot of my wrist, but needless to say that instead of just looking like a person with a cutting problem, I now look like a person who tried to slit her wrist. It was fun taking the photo with my left hand.
I need to get some of those things that falconers use on their arms. You wouldn’t think that a rabbit just shy of 8 weeks old could do so much damage with its claws. Actually, maybe that is one of the first things I can make with the rabbit hides, a set of gauntlets to protect my arms from claws. And one for my son, too. It would be more than a little appropriate. Usually these guys are very gentle. I don’t know why it had a bee in its bonnet today.
The husband and I are looking at other options for slaughtering the rabbits next time. We have a little over six weeks to go. Since it has been 11.5 weeks since we ordered our Rabbit Wringer and it still has not come despite constant assurances that he’ll send it out by the end of the week for several weeks now, we are trying to find something else besides the pellet gun. We don’t want to use it again. We saw one thing where a guy drove a ten inch pole barn nail at an angle into a 4 by 4 post and used it as a wringer the same way as the Rabbit Wringer. So we’re thinking about that. Only problem is we don’t have a 4 by 4 post, so we’d have to buy one, dig the hole, sink it, fill it with concrete and then hope it was stable enough for what we’d like to do.
I am really liking the rabbit tractors we built on the 4th. It is so nice to just open the lid and step inside the tractor when there is a recalcitrant rabbit and just scoop it up. Lola likes to hide in the far corner, but I can just walk up to her and pick her up now. Same with Leo, who doesn’t hide, but has no interest in ever coming out of his tractor. I’ll try to get photos of the new tractors up this week and also get the husband to get me the hutch frame information that I’ve been waiting on for weeks.