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  1. Therese

    Not new, but returning!

    Thank you! Your pictures are very clear and helpful. Do you have Silver Fox rabbits? The directing into a pan is where I need to modify the design--into a container instead. I will work on it! Thank you so much! God bless you!
  2. Therese

    Not new, but returning!

    Thank you!!!! I would like to use your plans and modify them so I can catch the urine and bottle it. I understand that it is a great pesticide when diluted with 2 parts water and sprayed on the plants. It is, at the same time, a nitrogen fertilizer (you have to dilute it or it will burn plants)...
  3. Therese

    Not new, but returning!

    You are building urine guards... Do you have plans? Actually, I was wondering if there is a simple plan (maybe using a plastic bottle?) for a guard that would direct the urine into a bottle that can be removed so I could easily save the urine. Any thoughts?
  4. Therese

    Light schedule for faster growth

    I thought rabbits were nocturnal, but I recently discovered they are crepuscular. So their most active times are dawn and dusk (my guess is that deer are also in that category). Also, two factors that make many animals more fecund are light and fresh greens. That seems to correspond with the...
  5. Therese

    Rabbit with fleas

    Food grade DE (diatomaceous earth) is an all-natural, safe flea treatment. Don't create clouds of dust when you put it on (or prepare to have a breeze/fan to blow the dust away from you and bunny), because it isn't good for lungs. If you have fleas in your carpet, it is good for that, too! (Or...
  6. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    Ha! I am sure if you gave it a name in French, it could be served in the finest restaurants! A point about the intestines, the dogs (and even pigs) won't eat them if they "stink" from diarrhea or some other issue, so I don't feel I have to be too careful about the condition of the rabbit.
  7. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    Well, I hope I don't ever have a need to eat the stomach myself (I think it would be difficult), but I am happy that our dogs are getting that super nutrition. Saves on trips to the vet! We have been raising one of our working dogs on supplementary rabbit, and she is really alert and...
  8. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    Also, if you don't eat the organs, they are great for the dogs--all of the innards, including the intestines and stomach. There are digestive enzymes, partially digested food that is easy nutrition and probiotics in there (as long as they appear/smell healthy). Head, feet, insides--basically...
  9. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    I just put the dried hides in a paper shopping bag and let them breathe on an indoor shelf since last summer. (I wouldn't recommend using plastic! Air is important!) After some weeks, I used a butter knife to scrape off the thick fat deposits (they were starting to get runny/sticky--messy) and...
  10. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    I have ideas for the future of shaving off the hairs and saving them for spinning with sheep wool--or using some to line nests that have to be re-formed after cleaning out. Then, the dogs can enjoy the skin and I can still use the "rabbit wool".
  11. Therese

    Rabbit Hide Dog Treats

    I just case skin the rabbits, put them on a hide stretcher (like a huge safety pin) and let them dry--away from flies. When they are all dry (in a few days), take a razor and cut around to form a "ring" of hide/fur. If you use a scissors, you end up with a lot of messy fur flying around so you...
  12. Therese

    Just starting out.

    That is great! Well thought out and worth trying! God bless you!
  13. Therese

    Just starting out.

    American Chinchillas are what we have and they might wean differently. When we took the kits away at 5 weeks, they sometimes did well, but sometimes didn't (got digestive problems). We found that the local pet store requires kits to be 8 weeks old before they will purchase them as pets, and that...
  14. Therese

    How hot is too hot for hide breaking?

    Great! I would love to hear the results!! God bless you!
  15. Therese

    How hot is too hot for hide breaking?

    The price is WAY better from the garden store than the grocery store!!!
  16. Therese

    How hot is too hot for hide breaking?

    You can get a large bag of alum from a garden supply source. 25-50# bags
  17. Therese

    How hot is too hot for hide breaking?

    The slippage...right! I guess that would make for a not very nice fur! Well, I alum-tanned about 100 hides to make sure I knew how to do it, but then decided I might need to learn/do other things at this time in my life. During that learning process, I had a few batches that got slippage...
  18. Therese

    How hot is too hot for hide breaking?

    This is great information!!! I am very busy with things besides the rabbits and I HATE the idea of wasting the skins. So, I finally discovered a method for drying the skins (without salt) that really works nicely for me: put the fresh, case-skinned hides on hide stretchers and hang them in a...
  19. Therese

    Wanted: Pictures of Lilac Chinchilla!

    I had three of them a few years back. They looked pink, so I kept calling them "pink rabbits". They made you look twice to decide what color they were. Unfortunately, I didn't realize exactly what they were until after I had used them for meat. (Yes--my leg is sore from kicking myself!) Sorry I...
  20. Therese

    American Chinchilla coloration

    That is definitely authoritative! There is certainly a lot to learn about genetics. Thank you so much!
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