This morning my husband woke me up on his way out the door to tell me we had fresh Zombabies in the bathroom and that Zombie was not cleaning them off or chewing umbilical cords. I shot out of bed and grabbed some supplies on my way into the bathroom.
We have three new babies, and all three appear to be in good health so far. They're a little sneezy but I suspect that's from her not cleaning them off. By the time I got down there, Mabel (our dominant queen) had taken over and cleaned them up and set them in a clean spot, so I just had to cut cords.
Introducing, Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They all appear to be long haired. Harry and Ron are both a gorgeous silver grey (blue), and Hermione is white with blue patches.
I realized while finishing adding all the updated photos to the rabbits page, that the older colony litter is already 11 weeks old. Yikes! Time for brother Skor to move out! So I swapped Skor (who'd been living with his four sisters), and Dianna Prince (a doe from the month younger colony litter who'd been housed with her six brothers). So now Diana is with the candy-named litter, and Skor is with the hero-named litter, and everyone is split; bucks in one pen, does in the other.
While out and about, we had a bit of an incident. The birds were hungry so they followed me down to the little field behind the barn. I had been hoping to have such an opportunity to show them the field and the lake access from it that they hadn't discovered yet on their own. While down there, a couple of the birds stopped by the edge of the lake to drink, and that's when Mazikeep decided it would be fun to scare the chickens and chase one out into the lake. Well, she only gave chase until she was about ankle deep in water, but the chicken was already out in deeper water by then. He (it was a cockerel) managed to flap through the duckweed to get to a bog about eight feet out. Unfortunately, that bog had no ground connection to the yard and the reeds around it were so close together, he couldn't go anywhere.
With a little courage, #3 and #4 decided to go on a rescue mission. You can watch the video HERE. The cockerel was safely recovered and brought back to land and was at the food bowl this evening. Still a little wet, but otherwise he seemed no worse for the wear. Hopefully he leaves the swimming to the ducks and geese from here on out.
Yeah, I can't believe I just said that. School starts next month! We're already there... To that school shopping season again. The end of warm weather and gardening and playing outside, the end of barefoot walking through the yard, the end of t-shirts and open windows to feel the breeze. I'm never ready for the cold weather to hit again. But hey, I should have enough indoor and craft projects to keep me busy this winter. Crocheting new things, making earrings, maybe even learning something new (soap making, candle making, get better at sewing?). Lots more garden plans, and once January and February roll around, it'll be back into winter sowing season again. This will be my last school year with a kid at home. I'm seriously considering home schooling #5 just so I don't have empty nest syndrome on winter week days while kids are at school. I've been a full time mom for nearly 17 years now, so it's foreign to think about spending days all by myself. Good golly, I'd have all the time in the world to wash laundry and dishes and do crafts... But alas, the thought scares me. The house will be too quiet without kids. I'm not ready yet. Good thing I'm a full year out from that.