Finally we had a few good, rainy days! On Thursday and Friday it was pouring down. Our animals are not used to this. They have roofed shelters, but I wasn’t sure they would know to use them. The birds are so used to sleeping up in the trees that I was worried they wouldn’t go into the shelters if their life depended on it. Sure enough, in the morning I found a soaking wet flock of chickens, guineas and peafowl.
Fortunately, it didn’t seem to bother them much. They went about their usual business, pecking and scratching, giving themselves a good shake now and then to get rid of the water. Also, they seem to like dustbathing in damp spots.
The cats were not having such a good day. Their usual sunny sleeping spots were all wet and useless. Tseli slept in the straw and got burrs all tangled up in her fur. They are being really fussy about walking on the wet ground.
The Year of the Rabbit continues. Today, we welcomed Zrizi (Speedy), the rabbit of friends who couldn’t keep him anymore. Fortunately, Zrizi is neutered, so we managed to integrate him into the males’ cage, Blackie and the little rescued white. I was worried Blackie would fight with him, but Blackie seems to think Zrizi is a female and doesn’t stop trying to mate with him. It gets embarrassing.
Or maybe he’s just gay, of course. But we can disprove that theory. Blackie is the only unneutered adult male around here at the moment, and this happened last week:
Yes, it’s a rabbit nest full of baby bunnies. There are two of them. Sigh. They did it again! Blackie was in a locked cage, but we sometimes let him out to run, and it looks like he managed to infiltrate Misty and Ginger’s cage. It keeps happening!! We get them all neutered, then someone brings a new male and the whole process starts again! Blackie will have to stay inside his cage full time now until we neuter him, too. Darn him. This is what the bunnies look like now:
Beautiful and cute, of course! They are thriving. Kids are in raptures over them. Of course. Kind of nice to have black babies. We never had black bunnies before until Blackie found his way to us.
Also, it was Louise’s first time out of her cage. She was so excited! She’s the most photogenic bunny.