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This is me when I was 3. When my family lived on World Hunger Relief
Farm, my dad used to bring me and my sister rabbits to play with. Here I am
Here is my sister with her rabbit. she would carry her rabbit in a sock like
this, all around the house.
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Beatrice had her Babies! Born
on March 1st!
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Hi! My name is Brooke
Stufflebeam. I am the second and last daughter of farmer Brad and Jenny.
I have a hobby of
Vermicomposting with my Dutch rabbits. Their names are Beatrice and Benedick.
My family, and I, built a rabbit cage for them, from scratch. It sure was
fun! We parked the car, listened to music, and started building. We followed
a book on how to build the skeleton, then everything else my dad and I
figured out. Before that, we had built two little green houses, and in
them we made 3 boxes, one in the center of one of the greenhouses, and two on
the sides. The side boxes are twice as big as the center one. We built the
door, my dad and I, then we got the center box ready for the worms! In early
October, we got the worms. We were really happy because we had tried 3 times
before and all of those times the worms where dead, it was too hot. The UPS
guy couldn't help but ask what in the WORLD was in the horrible smelling box!
After that he always put any box that we ordered right next to the AC if he
did not know what it was. The worms were put in to their box, and they have
multiplied like crazy! I will be selling them, and their castings very soon I
hope. Rabbits have to be 6 weeks old before I can sell them, so I will be
just in time to
sell them for Easter.
I have 4 baby rabbits that
where born. I will keep one, and sell 3.
I love rabbits, especially
Dutch. I hope that you will too!
Babies will be sold very soon! These rabbits are
for pets only. They will be ready Easter
Sunday (4/8/12). There are only three of them for sale, so hurry! Call
e-mail to make your appointment to come pick them up. They
are $25 each.
How do you get started with Vermicomposting?
1. First you have to have a wood box to put the worms in. It does not matter
how big the box is.
2. Break up the soil underneath the box, so the worms have soil to tunnel in.
If the box is on a hard surface, put soil in the box.
3. A good starter for the worms to eat is manure, paper, and cardboard and
hay. We used confetti and some old cardboard boxes along with a lot of
horse manure from the barn, and old hay. All of these things together make
heat when they are composting. That keeps the worms happy all the time.
4. Wet the box down for 3 days before you put the worms in. That gives them a
moist environment and keeps the ants away, they do not like wet compost, or
worms! Then you can put the worms in.
5. After the paper, cardboard and hay is almost gone, start giving the worms
kitchen scraps. But after that you will have to wet the box down more since
the ants will soon find out that there is food in it. When you put food in
it, be sure to bury it under the soil, so that the worms can get to it. When
you put the compost in the box, it creates heat as it breaks down, so when
all of the hay is gone, there is still some heat.
6. (optional) You can use rabbits to help the worms, as their manure is food
to them. You can also use chickens. You can build a pen over the box (if the
box is big enough), and keep them in there. I like rabbits better then
chickens, as you can tell. Just remember, the more you feed your worms, the
more castings you get! What you do is you make (like I did) or buy a rabbit
cage, and just put the rabbits over the worm box.
You can feed your worms anything from the kitchen, but I do not recommend
meat or bones, because it takes much longer for the worms to break it down.
And DO NOT feed them dog or cat manure, because that will spread diseases in
your soil. You can use the worm castings for great fertilizer to your plants
or garden. I think that worms are very efficient, because they can turn
something completely not useful into something needed, like rich dirt and
fertilizer. I think that they are fun too. Like you can just look through the
dirt and pick up a handful of JUST worms! It is like a big pink moving ball.
I think that they are amazing too, because they can break something down into
dirt, and I think that is just so cool!
Size: about 5 pounds (2.5kg).
Fur: Short, dense, sleek.
Fred Copeman developed the Dutch
rabbit breed in England, in the late 1890s.
He made the Dutch rabbit from
stock that had arrived regularly from Ostend. This stock has of Dwarf
Brabancon type, white with a few black marks. The breed that came out of it
was called "Dutch" in England, even before the breed was firmly established.
It is possible that the Dutch was named from the black-white clothing worn by
the ladies in Holland. The Dutch is now the most well recognized rabbit in
the world, because of the spots it wares. It is bicolored, with the front
half of the body, and an upside-down "v" on the face which is white, the rest
of the body, ears, and cheeks are being one of a different colors. They
include black, gray, tri, yellow, chocolate, blue, or tortoiseshell.
Producing a show quality Dutch rabbit can be hard, because many are
mismarked (Beatrice and Benedick are mismarked, but they can produce show
quality babies). It is hard to get well marked Dutch rabbits.