Baby bunnies…another one down.

I don’t know what it is with these baby bunnies. We had another crawl out of the nest, all the way out of the box, and die on the cold floor. We’re down to only 3 babies left! I think I’m going to have to change the type of box. I don’t know if mama would use a solid cube with a hole cut in it. I kind of think the other bunnies would go in and out all the time. It’s not helping that the idiot shih-poo has noticed the newly mobile babies and is ramming his head into the pen to try to get to them. He’s currently in a crate so that he won’t bark at the maintenance workers outside, won’t attack bunnies downstairs, and won’t take our food upstairs. *I need a roll-eye smilie.*

Finally, some pics of the elder baby bunnies! These are mini-rex/Dutch mixes.

I could have swore we took pictures of all of them but these were all I can find. Maybe the other ones are still on the camera.

We have 3 whites (half-nose (half-dark nose/half-white nose), medium nose, and dark nose), 2 grays, and 1 black otter. The black otter is funny because his long Dutch hairs are really obvious against the short rex fur.

Bunnies.

We’ve lost 3 of our recent litter due to them getting away from the rest of the litter and getting too cold. This morning, DD found the 3rd still alive. She was scared the bunny was already dead. When I picked it up, it was still alive. S/he would only move her limbs very slowly when touched. I tried holding it against my skin at the bottom of my rib cage but the bunny didn’t make it. She passed after about 20 minutes.

To try to stop the loss, I’m going to double the straw in that pan and run a heater down there at night until it warms up again or until the babies get more fur on them. Hopefully, lesson learned.

Saving on groceries and pet food (with flower pics).

One thing that has helped keep the grocery/pet food bill down quite a bit is (drumroll) dumster diving.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. Our local health food co-op has a bin out back where they put there “trash” veggies and fruit to be picked up for compost. The food is not loose – they put it in a trash bag. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes they’ve already been picked clean. I was told by an employee that other people who goats  and some with chickens also come by to pick up from there. Usually it’s greens (kale, turnip, lettuce), outer celery stalks that broke off, lots of citrus right now that starts to go soft before being picked, and the occassional apple with a bruise or hole poked in it. This one I’m less concerned about us eating it.

The other store I pick up from is a conventional grocery store. The food is thrown out loose in boxes. We usually will only eat from bagged items from this place (e.g. bagged apples, celery or carrots).  We give the rest of it to the bunnies.

Something I’ve noticed recently is that both stores are throwing out less food. Or maybe less is there by the time we get there. I’m a little concerned about what that means for the economy – if either the stores are putting out less food because they’re trying to save money (not a bad idea) or if more people are resorting to DD to put food on the table (scarier thougtht!).

We found a 3rd store that we tried last night. Not too many veggies picked up – only enough for 1 day, but dd was hollering for me to get back in the car because she wanted to go inside (the beginning of the hollering *sigh*). Note to self: try not to go to store without taking a nap first!

We did get some boxes of pancake mix that syrup had spilled all over. I can’t salvage the boxes but I’m going to repack the mix into a vacuum storage bag tonight. We don’t usually eat pancakes (I’m trying to be as grain-free as possible), but when you’re looking in dumsters to save a buck on food, you might want to save what you can’t use for the lean(er) times. Or to trade with someone else later on.

We also got 3 bunches of flowers! A very pretty yellow bunch with a few purple and pink accents that I’m sitting in front of typing, a dozen red roses, and a dozen pink-edged roses with greenery and a vase. They had not even dumped the water out of the vase before tossing it! Unbelievable! I really think they brighten up the house quite a bit.

We’ll be going out again tonight or tomorrow night in search of more fruits and veggies. Snow or no snow the buns have to eat and since the offspring that don’t sell as pets will be used as food, I need to keep them all fed and healthy.

No spend update.

I did spend money yesterday on food. Mostly food for the dogs and rabbits (the store had pork picnic roasts for $0.97/lb!), but I did buy about 1/2 lb of grapes for dd. I feel conflicted about that. We were able to get them because they were on “special buy” at less than $1/lb, but I hadn’t planned on getting “extra” food. We were “this close” to buying a $1 toy because we had enough money with us when dd saw the strawberries.

We broke out the calculator and checked. Couldn’t afford the strawberries. By this time, dd (3.5 years old) is putting her mouth on the container. *insert roll-eye smilie here* Think fast, mama. Wait! There’s a red “special buy” sign under the grapes and you can adjust the weight! Negotiations/explanations ensued. Got 2 days worth of grapes in exchange for putting back the strawberries and the $1 pony.

So I will count it as no-spend. I can’t seem to shake the feeling that spending on food is still spending. Even for the bunnies. I’m usually able to get enough veggies for them out of the dumster at this grocery store and the the compost bin at the local health food co-op.

I think I’m going to have to make up rules. Rules post soon!

Bunnies!

We had baby bunnies arrive overnight. At first I thought there were only 5 but I think there might actually be 7. I was trying to count them without touching them too much becaude I didn’t want my scent all over them the first day. I may try to pick them up to count (and make sure they’re all alive) tomorrow. This is the mama’s second litter so I’m hoping she’ll take good care of them.

Anybody want to buy a mini rex/dutch mix bunny? Future litters will be mini rex (or rex after we get new does).

Pictures soon!