After I sold my own babies, I brought one more home.
My friend Mary brought her two girls here last December, to spend some time with the lovely Luke. Both of her girls are 1/2 Nubian, 1/2 Alpine-Lamancha. The babies, then, are 3/4 Nubian, 1/4 Alpine-Lamancha. Both of her girls are first fresheners, and each had a single baby - one girl, one boy. Last week she brought them over so that I could do the disbudding (burning horn buds so the horns won't grow) and give them their first shots. The girl is very pretty, and has beautiful markings. The boy is brown, with a forehead patch and a big white patch on one side like his daddy. As it turned out, the boy (now named Leo) didn't go back with his sister!
I need to get a picture from the other side. He was still nursing when he came here, so he had to learn that milk now comes from bottles. Fortunately my two girls are giving us plenty of milk. Leo is learning to get along with Dory and Snowball, and has learned the twice-daily milking and feeding routine quite well!
Yesterday and today the weather was beautiful (low 80s, low humidity), and the bunnies had some time out on the grass. This is Oliver
and this is Lola.
I have a third bunny, Gus, who is the same color as Oliver, but has slightly more furnishings (fluffy hair on ears & face), although less than Lola's. Lola will be leaving tomorrow. I have a friend who has several bunnies the same color as Gus & Oliver, but she wants something different. I don't mind, so I told her I'd trade. She's going to be very happy with Lola, I think.
Not only am I trading bunnies, I'm looking for a couple of sheep. I'm only really interested in Shetland or Jacob breeds - something inexpensive, likely a wether. The goats are just not doing well enough keeping the grass down. At this point, I'm sure I can keep goats & sheep together without the sheep getting goat feed (goats need copper, but the copper in goat feed is poisonous to sheep.) The goats will get only goat feed on the milking stand; in the winter, I can give sheep feed in the stall. Just a couple of sheep would be perfect. I know from the last time I had sheep that I really don't want the larger breeds.
Yesterday was the start of the Tour de France, and the accompanying spinning event on Ravelry, the Tour de Fleece. I've been spinning some Acker's Acres "Bunny Blend" (60% merino, 40% angora) on my Schacht Matchless, so I've requested to join Team Schacht. I've never formally participated in a Tour de Fleece, so I'm interested in seeing how this goes! Here's my current spinning: