We brought Bennett to his new home on a farm one town away. He has a big fenced in area and an enclosed barn area, and he will be sharing his home with another rabbit, two fainting goats, (and some chickens and turkeys that come and go as they please). He seemed pretty happy frolicking with his new floppy-eared companion. We got to look around the farm and meet the two goats (one of which fell in love with #5, following him around the whole time), and the kids got to give snacks to the two horses there. Poor #4 didn't keep her hand flat and got nipped. She took it in stride and didn't even cry, even as she went back to the car to get a napkin to stop the bleeding. The little pig there was shy and kept her distance, but seemed curious and followed us at a distance.
On the way home, we swung by my parents' house to retrieve Elsa. My mom was starting to complain that her bathroom smelled like a barn, and Elsa was being so mean to her she was having trouble giving her food and water because Elsa would attack her every time she opened the cage.
When we got home I swapped a few bunnies around. Fabio and Caduci swapped cages, so she's in the bigger cage and he's in a smaller buck cage. I moved Elizabeth to the big kennel cage - it hasn't been repaired yet, but with the unexpected return of George, I don't have a spare cage anymore. I put the big nest box in there to cover the damaged floor and hope to move them around when it gets warmer again. And Elsa got the nice wooden hutch cage next to Penelope.
I added straw to both Elsa and Penelope's boxes... Penelope in preparation of babies in the next 48 hours, and Elsa in hopes she doesn't freeze to death with all of her missing fur. Elsa promptly pulled it all out and scattered in throughout the cage. I attempted to put it back in the nest box, but the little booger bit me! She actually made contact! Just a nip, but I won't allow that. I picked her up and held her in one arm while re-stuffing her nest box with my other hand. I put her back in the cage and she proceeded to pull it all out again. It wasn't worth the fight. If she gets cold, I hope she has the sense to go pick up more straw and put it back in her box.
After all this, I offered the kids 1/2 the money from the sales of the manure bags if they wanted to come and shovel out under the bunny barn. #1 came out at shoveled up a total of six bags! Nice! So we now have five bags of our normal manure for $15 each and one bag of our nicer "premium" manure for $25. Half goes toward feeding the rabbits and half goes to the kid who did the shoveling.