Finished New Rabbit Hutches


Finished a four pen rabbit hutch today.  It is probably a little over done in some respects.  There is extra head room between the metal roof and the top of the rabbit pens. I plan to use that space to store extra feeders, water bottles, bedding, etc.  I am going to paint all exposed plywood so it will last longer and I may considering adding small light sockets inside the nesting boxes along the top in case I need a little extra heat in bitter cold weather.

My nephew is giving me a male and female San Juan for initial breeding stock but I will need to add two more does and eventually build at least one more set of four hutches to guarantee I have funny bunnies for the starting pen when I have trouble getting or keeping cottontails.

If I ever decide I don’t want to mess with rabbits anymore I can retrofit this pretty easily to use for chickens

Thanks for looking

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New Video Posted


Check out the Video section to see Rainman, Sally, and Zee running a bunny up and down the face of a bluff with a nice view of the Wise County countryside in the background.  Annie (unstarted young dog in the video)  is along for the ride as she tries to figure out her purpose in life.  Its to run rabbits of course but she hasn’t quite figured it out yet.  The starting pen will fix that.

https://edbelding.wordpress.com/videos/

The Starting Pen is Almost Done


I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I have been busy getting ready for Trinity River’s AKC Licensed Field Trial; officiating football; working as a technician in the replay booth and TCU; working a fulltime job; attending Northside Baptist Church and helping with our men’s ministry; assisting my bride with the care and nurturing of our youngest grandson; attending peewee football games to watch my older grandchildren perform and play; running dogs when time permits; and somewhere in the midst of that and the rest of life’s demands, working on this starting pen.

I am close now.  I have the apron fence up on three sides and one of three gates done and I hope to be finished by Sunday November 2nd.  Here are some pictures that show progress over time since my last post.

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Starting Pen Progress Report From Labor Day Weekend 2014


I had to cut down five more trees – one elm and four oaks – that are likely to fall in the next year or two and would likely hit the fence.  With help from David and Alec this weekend I have all the posts set except about 6 t-posts on the north end and all the corners are braced up.  It is finally time to start stretching wire.  I hope to be hanging the apron fence on the slick wire and barbed wire framing by September  21st. 

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Starting Pen Progress – July 27th


I had someone bring a bobcat out and clear the fence rows of small trees and brush and then drill 38 three-foot deep, ten inch diameter post holes.  I have the 6″ diameter 8′ treated posts at each hole and have purchased the gates and barbed wire.  I confirmed the order for the net-wire yesterday with Byrne Distribution and the wire should ship out Monday, July 28th.

I intended for this to be a weekend project for me over the Summer, but I am running out of weekends this Summer.  I have someone who will give me a bid to set all posts, stretch the wire and provide T-posts and concrete for the corners, gates and stretch posts.  If his number is affordable I will have this ready a by the first of September.  If everything falls in place maybe mid-August.

Here are some before and after images that show the cleared out fence rows.

 

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The boundary between the acre that will be the starting pen (right) and my side yard beside the house (left).

The boundary between the acre that will be the starting pen (right) and my side yard beside the house (left).

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