Wednesday, July 22, 2009

meet yoda

Yoda (in addition to being Rb's new best friend) could be considered our family's first "working" animal (our other animals don't do much work, unless you count playing and sleeping as chores... (grin)). He is a Creme d'Argent rabbit, and we brought him home yesterday. We have only about 3/4 acre of land and we live in a small neighborhood, so when it comes to adding livestock to our little homestead, we need to build up slowly. We decided to start with rabbits, because rabbit manure is wonderful for gardens, and from what I've read, rabbit manure that's been "processed" by compost worms is even more wonderful. We've got plenty of worms in the basement (maybe they count as working animals too...), and gardens that we're hoping to rely on more each year for our veggies, so it seemed a good choice to bring rabbits into the mix.

We got Yoda from a rabbitry we were fortunate to find right here in New Hampshire. Our plan is to also get 1 or 2 young female rabbits at a later date, so we will have the ability to breed occasionally if we wish. This will allow us to both increase our own stock over time and also make some of the offspring available to other folks interested in getting involved with this rare breed (see the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website for more information on the Creme d'Argent and lots of other livestock in danger of extinction). The Creme d'Argent is a meat rabbit by trade. R eats rabbit meat - I don't (or at least I haven't yet) - and Rb's a vegetarian. But the ability to produce some of our own meat, if we decide to go that route, is another factor in our breed choice.

So, Yoda is home, and (as Rb points out) he's cuddly and, when not cuddling, he's already started doing his job of providing us with plenty of manure. Way to go, little rabbit!


livinginalocalzone said...

He is very cute indeed. I saw a rabbit outside my home a couple weekends ago who looked very similar, but haven't seen him/her since. I didn't know that about rabbit manure. Interesting.

Life Looms Large said...

I'd say your worms definitely do count as working animals!!

I love rabbits....although I'd be more likely to go the angora rabbit route (can spin their fur into yarn!) than the meat rabbit route.

I keep trying to capture beautiful parts of summer for my blog so that when it's not so beautiful outside, I can look back and remember!


Colleen said...

Yoda is definitely fun to watch - he likes if we let him out of his cage, so he can bounce around and explore. He stands up on his hind legs to get a better view, and totally reminds me of a meerkat!

The flower pictures are excellent reminders that, despite the rain and cool weather, there have been days of summer in between! Sounds like this week is really going to heat up - should make all the gardens very happy!!