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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 with one.  

Here is my sister with her rabbit. she would carry her rabbit in a sock like this, all around the house.

 

 

 

Rabbits & Worms

All about Vermicomposting with Dutch Rabbits

BUNNIES NOW AVAILABLE!

Beatrice had her Babies!  Born on March 1st!

$25 each, contact us for more info>>

                                                    

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 979-251-9922 or e-mail  to make your appointment to come pick them up. They are $25 each.

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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!

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The Dutch Rabbit

 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.