So i have three pet bunnies left, and they eat a ton being large breeds.
But since poor Willow passed away we feeding much much less food. So now the question of maths comes in. We had just started buying large 25kg sacks of rabbit food, dusty but decent quality. Before that we got 10kg bags which were much less dusty but cost more (we saved R120 getting the bigger bag)
Now i have to decide get another large bag that will last 3 months, but loose some as dust or switch back to the smaller bag which has less waste and lasts about a month but costs more. Supply is no issue and i won't run into the situation where i cant get food if it runs out.
Also smaller bag i don't have to worry about storage, bigger bag it has been an issue.
I guess you have to weigh out which is best for you and your bunnies... It seems like the benefit of saving R120 over three months is negligible, really... and the bigger bag is difficult to store, plus there is more waste and dust. I guess if it were me, I'd be buying the smaller bags with less waste (more cost effective) and easier to store.
Send us pix of your sweet bunnies... I loved mine when I had them as a child.
Ido need new pictures of them... That became just a bit more difficult this morning when the front door of their pen was covered in inch long wasps . Will have to find and block off the wasps burrow. Saw they had enough food and water, will top up tonight after the scary black things are gone to bed
Decided the smaller feed bag is probably better for the moment.
Here are pictures : This is hickory, she is a bully and kinda not nice, but love her anyway
This is Thumper, the mom. Bit wild, but mostly sweet.
This is Emily, the friendliest and cheekiest of the lot. Bald spots are where hickory has plucked her fur. This is an older pic cause she currently has a bald face...
And just cause here are our new residents. There were twelve or so others swarming round my head when took this. The dogs digging out their burrow has not deterred them and it won't be easy to block off anymore. Its the biggest group i have ever seen, previous families have been four or five wasps only.
The pen in the background of the wasp photo will be for Thumper and Emily once the grass is nicely established, that's about two weeks growth.
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Not really, and they not aggressive luckily. It just really disconcerting and hubby is very allergic to wasps. Most of our burrowing species are in trouble and protected so the removal companies won't come out for them.
From the picture, that actually looks like it might be a black soldier fly to me. They look like wasps, but are actually flies and do not sting. They are probably attracted to the rabbit manure. Do you see good sized grubs in your rabbit manure piles? Those are soldier fly larvae--they live on decaying plant material, so soldier flies often show up around compost piles. Some people go to lengths to attract them and use them for composting, and I've seen specialized bucket composters people build for the purpose of raising soldier fly grubs for chicken feed.
Definitely wasps, i don't think we have soldier flies. They are the kind that build fancy burrows (found them before even though this one evades me) and they hunt insects. Usually hunt spiders but these have been going after beetle larvae strangely, we have a number of dung and fruit beetles species that decided to raise a family in the rabbit pen. It was cleared out recently so they dig under the sides of the plastic bottom to find them
Correction,after checking pics we do get them and have seen them rarely but this is something else.
Yikes.... Those wasps would give me serious pause. So they are protected meaning... you can't do away with them? Eewww...... Yuck... Though if they're not aggressive, that IS a great bonus.
Your rabbits are lovely! Poor Emily with a bald face-- I hope having some green grass and room to roam will improve her haircoat.
Nice photos.... thank you so much for sharing them.
Hate when you type a whole post and it vanishes. Here i go again...
Protected meaning we not allowed to kill the wasps, we are allowed to persuade them to move on. Besides even though i am not fond of their nest selection they are nice to have around usually, just need them to move a hundred meters down the property. Only reason they are currently a problem is because hubby is too allergic for us to risk him going out there so i do all the chores and while i like them around twelve buzzing around my head is just a bit much for me. I am surprised i haven't run off screaming yet, i definitely will if one lands on me or in my hair😱👻
Poor Emily will be fine, i just have to separate her from her bully sister. Every time her fur grows back Hickory plucks another spot, the face is new she hasn't plucked that before. Hickory has proven that she can't live with other bunnies and she isn't much of a pet either so she will just live out her days in her own pen. We tried all the stuff the behaviour people suggested and spent tons of money with no gain. We really only keep her because she was from our first litter of bunnies and she looks like her dad who we adored.
Hickory is really beautiful... too bad she's such a ...... ahem.... bully.
Those wasps are HUGE! Gah! If one landed in my hair... I WOULD run off screaming into the night... I can handle all sorts of things but... well... A wasp in my hair would give me the heebie jeebies. <shudder>
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