We made some improvements earlier in the week on our PVC rabbit tractors. The wooden tops we made before were great in the summer, but by fall they’d started to deteriorate in the rain. Paint might have helped with that, but we never got around to it. Those that survived the fall mostly didn’t survive the wet, rainy winter. So we will be replacing them all with corrugated roofing panels. However, the panels are bendy and we needed some way to keep the roofs from collapsing inward, without making them so heavy that I couldn’t move them by myself.
The husband used some more PVC pipes to stiffen the panel. He attached them to the panel with Tek screws. Then he unziptied the wire along one side and added three T’s to the top pipe that were a 1/2 inch larger and used those to act as hinges for the roof and to connect those 3 pipes to the tractor. Then we ziptied the wire back to the top pipe.
The front edge of the pipes rest on the top edge of the tractor pipe.
It is a much sturdier roof. The panels will collect rain water, but the roof is strong enough with the pipes not to bend under that weight now. I am very happy with the improved result.
Today is day 3 for the ducklings on the Super B Vitamin Complex regimen and I still have not seen any seizures from Special Pekin. She still doesn’t go for the greens like the other ducks, but she eats the crumbles and drinks the water just fine. I wonder if she doesn’t see the greens or if the feeding frenzy is something she just wants to hold back from. Since seizures can cause brain damage I wonder if she might have lost some of her vision? I don’t know. She sure seems to run when a hand reaches for her, though.
She looks healthy, though, and she protests when picked up. She’s smaller like one of the other Pekins.
Here you can see the size differences and why I think they might not all be the same age after all. I wish I knew if drakes grew faster than hens. I can’t seem to find any information on that either way. I am definitely hearing some quacks starting up, so I know I have some females, I just don’t know which breed they are. Why is it so hard to be patient? I did see some 7 week old Welsh Harlequins on youtube and it was pretty obvious from their coloration which were males and which were females, so I may not have to wait the whole 2 months before I know.
They are starting to triple their poop output since starting the crumbles. I have to scoop the poop out twice a day now. They still don’t stink nearly as bad as the meat chickens though. I am filling their feed trough 3 times a day. I may need to add a second feed trough soon. I will pick one up when I get the feeder for the turkeys and the game bird starter.
All the rabbit kits are doing well. Everyone had nice fat tummies and both mothers are eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow.