Message by John Mosby, in tradworker, #homesteading

Hadrian 2018-01-31 22:15:23

wish I could come down

Fash Dragon 2018-01-31 22:16:01

@John Mosby I was hoping so!

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:16:42

@Dangerlurking

I was raising Californian Rabbits, and u actually get a decent amount of meat off of them.

You pretty much kill the kits, as soon as they ween, which will net u a bit of meat, but if u kill a few, then that is plenty for a stew that will last a few days...cleaning rabbits takes only a few minutes, too

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:17:27

Yhea, I doubt you can feed a whole group with just rabbit meat.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:18:31

That's the first time I have seen discord censor an image.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:18:46

It just depends how many u raise...the term "fucking like rabbits" doesn't just come outa nowhere.

I started with 3 breeding pairs, and could hardly keep up with all the babies they produced, and keep producing at a constant rate.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:19:12

Which brings into issue the food supply for them.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:19:34

I put them in a rabbit tractor, and they just ate my grass...no money required to feed em.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:19:47

In a what?

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:20:31

Really? I thought you would have had to gotten something like hay.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:21:19

A bit in the winter, cuz the grass grows slowly, but I let my grass grow super long, before winter hits, so I have an abundant supply during the slowest growing months.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:21:52

I would be concerned about them getting drenched in freezing cold water if you let them out during the winter.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:22:11

I say to feed all the rabbits, I probably spent less than $100 a year (I supplemented them with some hay and pellets during the winter).

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:22:40

I covered the top with a tarp.

Winter is no problem for them...the summer can be a bitch...I lost a few to flies one year

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:23:08

Yhea, flies are naturally attracted to shit, and they shit like nothing on earth.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:24:02

Ya, I would move the cage a couple times a day, and collect the shit for the garden, after I moved it.

What got my rabbits is when they had babies one time, the flies got to em before I knew they were getting attacked.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:24:36

Wait, have you tried setting up fly net's around the cages so they can't get to them?

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:24:46

I never did...

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:24:57

Mate what the fuck.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:25:01

I only had a problem one time, out of over 2 years.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:25:16

That's like being asked to be eaten alive by flies and mosquito's.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:25:59

Nah, they generally did fine.

We dont have many mosquitoes here...if u live somewhere with a bunch of em, then u probably would need to put up a net.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:26:11

Yhea, I do.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:26:29

We also get tons of ticks that have a fairly good chance of having lyme disease as well.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:27:14

We get ticks sometimes, but the rabbits seemed to be pretty resistant to them...I rarely found ticks on them, and I would handle them all the time, to keep em docile.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:27:52

During the late summer, and all of fall, the ticks are EVERYWHERE in west NYS.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:28:20

That sucks...I freaking HATE ticks...the worst are chiggers, though

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:28:33

Chiggers?

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:28:58

Little bugs that get under your skin...they are the WORST

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:29:27

I don't think we get them here.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:29:56

Thank God we dont get em here, either.

I got em BAD in Missouri before, though

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:30:35

"They are not present, or barely found, in far northern areas" HAH.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:31:53

I'd never live anywhere those things are prolific...they definitely came from to bowels of Hell.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:32:46

I woulden't doubt that if you purposefully went out into the swamp and dug through all of the mush and dirt in there you could find a few, but they are only prevalent in tropical and very moist area's, which we don't get in NYS.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:33:34

The only time it get's extremely moist around here is during the summer before a big thunderstorm strikes.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:34:27

It gets pretty wet here, but we are lucky to not really have em.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:34:37

Even when I lived in Houston we didn't have them