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The misadventures of rabbits

I was carrying some wood past the house with my friend, and paused to pick up some tools off the deck.  Through the open door, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a brown…shape passing the rocking chair.  It might have hopped.

Things I never thought I would say out loud:  “Uh, I think there’s a rabbit in my house.”

I dropped the wood and stepped in, and the very-definitely-a-rabbit leapt up on the windowsill and hunched under an arm of aloe vera.  My first thought of course was for the camera.  It was so cute, guilty and terrified.  I don’t know how I got in and I don’t know how to get out!  I don’t have any answers.

It proceeded to hide under the stove and in the boot tray and I got pictures of blurry streaks passing piles of stuff (it’s canning season).  He didn’t do so well on the hardwood floor.   Zero traction.She was happiest with hiding under the bench by the door in the firewood.  This is familiar stuff.  A little “half-growed” bunny.  Petrified and adorable.

I don’t even see bunnies close to the house that often.  A rabbit on the porch is an amusement.  It’s not like they’re nosing around all the time, waiting for a chance.  A chipmunk, that wouldn’t surprise me at all, the little opportunists, but I guess that’s happened.

Where I do see rabbits, every day, many times, is with the chickens.   I saw Galahad chase one out of the grass.  Coming through.

Today another (or maybe the same unlucky) rabbit got itself stuck in a chickery.  Foxy and her chicks were already in there, in their box for the night.  Four heads poking out from her watching the rabbit pace (it figured it out just before I got back with camera).  What’s going on out there!?

 

 

Porch rabbit

Just when I thought the “wild” rabbits couldn’t get any tamer, I took these through the window of the front door, a whole 7 feet away.I had had some bread crusts piled on the deck to bring the chickens, and this little bunny wasted no time hoovering up the crumbs.There’s an even smaller baby bunny around that has the same white forehead spot.  Unfortunately, I had just set down my camera, when the rabbit stretched out its nose to touch/smell my starts in the pot.  Mmmm, lavender.

The rabbits and chipmunks have moved right in to our circle, staying as close as they dare for their protection (mostly).  Partly, it’s for the snacks.

Summertime cuteness overload

I rebaited the trap, in case there’s a second raccoon, and the hens really, really, want that egg.Ok, we gotta work the problem!

The little silver chick is the cutest thing ever.  I wonder what s/he will turn out to be.Their colouring is uncannily similar to their mom’s.Only, she’s not their real mom.  This one was hatched out of a full-sized egg, so there’s no direct genetic connection to this mom.  Maybe she’s really the aunt, though (?). Whoa!  What is that!?

There’s a red bug, walking, on the wood juuust on the other side of that mesh…Long neck:)The bug has walked to the right, and its progress is being closely followed.Too bad it’s not Easter.  Look at this.

Oh hey. Didn’t see ya there.

This brazen baby bunny has been visiting the chicken snack bar, and the chickens don’t blink at her. Here comes Perchick, spending some time with her chicks for a change. Adorable!!

Baby bunny season

There are baby bunnies out!  They are shy and careful.  They’re also grown up enough to be out on their own – no longer really babies.  Juveniles.A ground nest, one of the odd long billed birds with a body shape that looks like it should be flightless.  But isn’t.The chicks have their little wings already.  Scampering around.  The Silkies have established a favorite sitting vantage point at the top of the ramp.  There’s always someone there, overlooking.

Bun buns

All winter the rabbits have been the wrong colour (white), practically glowing against the brown background that the mostly snowless “winter” has been.  Now they’ve gone brown again, we get a persistent snow blanket, in March.  I hear it is bad for their health, to be the wrong colour.  I thought for foxes, but the real threat is owls.

What we don’t know, is if they have the self-awareness to know they are the right or wrong colour for their background, or if they think they’re all camo’d, when they actually look like glow in the dark ghost rabbits.  Can’t see me.  I’m white.Also, we finally busted a rabbit eating the bird seed.  Never seen them do it before.  They’ll come strolling through the seed zone, and then chew on a branch or twig.  But this one is definitely eating sunflower seeds. This is the one with a notched ear.  It had some run in, but survived.

Looks tame, that close, but it’s not.  It benefits from proximity to us that its predators won’t risk.

Rabbit Chase

(Us, at the window)

Hey, there’s a big rabbit out here.

Oh, there’s two rabbits!

It’s a chase!  Come look, there’s a rabbit chase!

There they go into the woods.  Oh, they’re coming out again. They’re chasing each other around in circles!

You know, they don’t seem to be too serious about it.  It’s kind of a half-hearted chase.  A bit slow.

They’re just going in little circles.

Oh, he caught him!

Oh.  They’re humping.

 

Well, they’re ready for spring.