Today I also took the time to sanitize everyone's water dishes! One bucket of vinegar water, one of clean warm water. Each dish goes in the vinegar water for a quick soak and good scrub before being dunked in the rinse water and returned to the cage. I also took the time to clean out the old hay that was sticking to the bottoms in a couple of cages.
Tomorrow I'm hoping to get some cleaning done, maybe sort out the area behind the bunny barn to be used for the manure and used hay for future garden endeavors, and perhaps I can get Tony to repair the front steps on his day off. But then again, my Mom also has the day off and there may be a plan in motion to finally pack up the pieces of the play set and haul them to the new house. There always seems to be more work than there is time to accomplish it all. Which should be stressful, but for some reason it feels good to know I won't run out of projects.
Tomorrow may be "the big day" when we leave the barn doors open and let Josh, Leonardo, and Tweak out of the bunny barn for the first time. I'm really worried about everything that can go wrong. Moose might chase them (or kill them), a predator could take them out, or they might not want to come back to the barn once they discover the lake. I've been feeding them only at night, and keeping Moose away from the barn as much as possible. I will be putting him on a chain tomorrow if we let the birds out just to be sure they have at least that much better odds.
Tonight we did a late night speed round of temperament testing the harlequin kits with #5. He attempted to hold all five harlequin kits (one at a time). Nefertiti calmed down pretty quick but was a little squirmy (he asked if we could keep her and I said no). Nuri and Nardol were too squirmy for him to hold on his own. Oona was easy to hold and didn't squirm or scratch. Octavius was fairly calm, didn't really squirm much and didn't scratch. But when asked which one he enjoyed holding, he said Oona was his favorite to hold. I suspect this may be because she's smaller than the others and thus easier for his little arms to hold on to.