That said, the one kit in Penelope's litter is still having nasal discharge, all the other quarantine bunnies still have yellow tinting around their nostrils, so while some are getting better, some are remaining ill.
Today I had Tony pick up hay cubes and Probios horse treats. The hay cubes they will start getting tomorrow so they're at least getting something to chew on. I don't like using the hay cubes, but I think hay is important, as are chew toys, and with no fresh hay available for right now until we can eliminate the health issue, this will be a temporary fix. The Probios apple treats are supposed to help with live gut bacteria and help with animals having diarrhea or stress. The bag is 1.32 pounds and giving each weaned rabbit one single piece, there's only a small handful left in the bag. Tony brought home two bags, so I will probably pass around more tomorrow or Sunday and hope that two rounds is enough to make some kind of difference. I suppose better to have tried and it didn't help, than to not try when it would have helped. The bags were on sale for $10 each. A little pricey for a single dose, but again, if it helps the couple still struggling with loose stool in the quarantine cages, it's worth it.
Today #5 helped me put laundry out on the line. Our electric bill has skyrocketed since our dryer now needs to go two, and sometimes three times to get the laundry dried (no idea why it suddenly stopped drying things completely). Even with it out on the line all day in the sun, it was just to cold, and it didn't dry all the way. Into the dryer it goes anyway. I would like to get an energy efficient dryer, but until the insurance pays for the flood losses, we're stuck with this one. At least it works, and for that I am thankful.
I've been setting the apple seeds aside to dry. They'll go into a baggy in the fridge soon, where they will stay until they are winter sown. We do love apples, and apples are so easy to use in so many ways. I wouldn't mind a whole orchard of apples. Though I do want to reserve space for other trees in the orchard too... Pears and plums, and perhaps a couple hazelnut trees too.
It's coming up on the time I should be going through my seed collection. I'm not even sure if all of it made it to the new house or not. It seems like a few bins may be missing, but I don't know where they'd have gone to. I need to re-check all of my inventory to be sure I have what I am supposed to have, and update my available list. Alas, that's an all day project and with a three year old, it's probably not going to happen in the immediate future. Besides... Black walnuts!
Today Tony brought home my new stock pot, cheese cloth, and zip ties that I will be using to bring the dye out of the husks. Tomorrow I'm hoping to at least get started with separating walnuts from their husks. I'll be leaving the walnuts on a tarp in the garage to dry. It's the only place I can think of that would provide some level of squirrel security, while remaining open and relatively low in overall humidity. I don't think I will have the space in my very tiny basement room (more like a buried walk-in pantry) to adequately dry them.
I've been sanitizing food and water dishes and dipping my hands between contaminated cages so much that the bleach is starting to crack the skin on my fingers. Sure I could wear gloves, but honestly, I catch my hands on cage wires and edges so often, I'd destroy a pair of gloves at least daily, if not several times a day, and I don't want to be wasteful. Bring on the lotion!