Not So Fast Foster Mom!

I was feeling quite satisfied with our new bunny situation when we had an unexpected setback on the third day after the arrival of Bella and Bandit.  Our cats were lazing in the back yard while I let my two new little pets run around and enjoy the weather. My cat Tony got the idea that Bandit wanted to play so he joined in the frolicking.  My cats have grown up with bunnies and chickens all their lives and know that they are not allowed to harm them. But I should have known that it was a bad idea to let Tony near them so soon. How could Bandit know that he wasn’t on the menu.

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That kitty scares me! Stay close Bella!

Bandit did what all bunnies do when they are scared and want to signal danger. He THUMPED. A lot. At first I wasn’t concerned. I just picked Tony up and put him indoors. Then I saw Bandit limping. He had broken his foot. He’s an old guy and I guess his bones weren’t up to the vigorous thumps. Of course we took him to the vet and they did an x-ray. Yep. Broken. We weighed all our options and made a plan. The vet wrapped his foot, gave him an antibiotic and pain med and I took him home to recover in my laundry room. He may walk funny the rest of his life but hopefully his bones will stitch together on their own.

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So sorry Bandit. Your other mommy had you for 8 years and you were fine. I have you for 72 hours and you have a broken foot. 😦

His vet is confident that he will mend and be back to normal in a few weeks. Meantime we give Bandit and his sister, love and lots of treats. He’s eating, drinking and getting around well. He just holds his foot off the ground when he moves. Poor baby.

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At least Miss Mattie got to visit you before you were hurt.

And then…

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This happened.

A baby duck was found alone in our neighborhood. No mommy or siblings in sight. A neighbor (thank you Raina) captured him and she and her sweet daughters brought him/her to me. So now I have two bunnies in my laundry room and a baby duck in my bedroom.

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I had all the supplies from my baby chick days.

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Mulder gave her a quick pat on the head before I put her in her new ducky house.

AND…

These guys will be at my house Saturday looking for a forever home!

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More on these hooligans later

So I’ll say ta ta for now from the Burlingame KittyBunnyDuck Rescue Ranch and Spa.  It’s a madhouse, but it’s a fun house. 🙂

 

Hutch Sweet Hutch

The title really should be “Coop Sweet Coop” because we ordered an ultra fancy chicken coop and modified it for bunnies. The Roost & Root Coop (roostandroot.com) company is your one-stop shopping for really well-made, beautifully designed coops. I have coveted them for many years and finally my dream has come true! (I have very weird dreams)

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This is the smallest model they make. It’s built to house three full-sized chickens with access to a chicken run.

The coop didn’t have a second floor because chickens can fly up to the roosts for the night. Bunnies can’t fly (you didn’t know I had so much animal knowledge, did you?) so Jim added a ramp and a floor for them to  use as their penthouse. The coop comes with a nest box, but bunnies like to call it a “snuggle” box because they don’t lay eggs. (I TOLD you I was smart!)

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They personalized it for us. Zoom in. 🙂

The lid was not designed to be removable, but I requested that it comes off for easy access to food/water and cleaning. So Voila!

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Jim made the roof removable and built the ramp and the second floor. (I don’t pay that boy enough)

I think it looks great and it fits the bunny lifestyle perfectly. As soon as they went inside, Mulder was there to welcome them to their new home.

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Hi, my name is Mulder, and I’m the boss around here, see?

Mulder tried out the nest box too, but produced no results.

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I think this thing is bwoken.

Bandit & Bella pronounced it a perfect bunny home as they happily explored their new coop/hutch.

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Dis da BUNNY BOMB DIGGITY!

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Go away now! Too much paparazzi! See you tomorrow. Bring parsley!

 

 

Two Buns O’ Fun!

It’s been a long time since there’s been any “Bunny” in the KittyBunnyChicken. Here’s the 411 on our new family members.

So I have a dear friend, Mary who has been in my life since I first homed a foster bunny to her many years ago. Mary runs a bunny rescue, but she’s also “rescued” a foster chicken for me and another bunny as well.

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Our first bunny exchange. Summer 2014

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A visit to Mary’s home in 2015.

Mary’s husband died two years ago and recently she has had to make the decision to move into a smaller home and leave her beloved acre in the woods.

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Bird feeders, wind chimes & houses for her feathered friends.

So Mary began to find homes for her chickens, bunnies and a beloved hound dog while she put her woodland home up for sale and started searching for a beachy new home close to the ocean. So, when she asked if I might help her out with this, how could I say no?  I said I would take two.

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Meet Bella!

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…and Bandit

They are a brother and sister bonded pair and they HAD to be homed together. These are old guys (around 8 years old) and reasonably tame. They’ve lived their whole lives outside in a bunny paradise of modified coops, tunnels, warrens and dens. My yard will not accommodate such bunny engineering, but we have provided luxury digs for these two. (more on this later)

Our meeting place is Elba, AL. It’s halfway between Pike Road and DeFuniak Springs where Mary lives. We had a takeout lunch from THE RABBIT HOLE (I kid you not) and we enjoyed some sandwiches while social distancing on an outdoor table.

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Highly recommend the Juicy Lucy and the Reuben!

Another reason to admire my friend Mary (other than her HUGE heart) is that she was an Army nurse for many years. She’s still in the health care profession and, my hat goes waaaay off to her and everyone working in this field right now. THANK YOU !!!

The people I meet in the animal rescue world represent some of the very best in humanity, and have found a permanent home in my heart.  (Hi, Debbie!)

As soon as we arrived home with our new buns, Tony was kind enough to introduce himself and welcome them to the BURLINGAME KITTY BUNNY CHICKEN RESCUE RANCH AND SPA!

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These guys look DELICIOUS!

Tune in later in the week for more on Bella & Bandit. We are already having too much fun! 🙂