Tossed a bunch of pelts in a salt/alum pickle a few days ago. Been peeling membrain all day. Young ones are easy, adults are heck. My poor thumbs...
Hoping to be able to sell them once tanned to help with feed costs. 6-12 at the store, no idea how much I'll be able to get for each. Probably too small to make much out of them to sell for more.
And I have 6 bags of poop waiting pickup at 5 each. No interest at 10 each, hoping more people will want it for 5 all year long.
Update, sold for 40. Wants more when available.
500 in red minus 45 in a bun & 40 in poop, makes for $415 in the red.
11 buns going into freezer tomorrow. All but one are silver fox, black older rex going. The older rex, goingtowatch the 2 bucks for longer & the blue doe, the broken blue doe is supposedly getting sold soon. The others are the younger rex and still too small to bother with.
Speckle pulled fur, waiting on kits.
Grumpy is still grumpy.
Amber's kits will be moved next week.
Put together a roughly 5×6ft pen. Thinking of tossing all of the silver fox weaners in there, if they're pulled around the same time. Rex are too tiny to do that with, until it's warmer out at night. Or maybe I'll mix the sf with the rex.
Raining today, but I was going to put a removable divider in and add a second level for more floor space. Either way, 5×6ft is a heck of a lot larger than splitting litters into 2×2ft cages. Will have to come up with a much larger feeder or two for the pen.
Janky looking. Needs new top, as square as it'll get these days, but predator proof once door is secured closed.
Speckle had 9!
She's been so grumpy the last two weeks & today, she's finally chill again.
Yesterday, she growled at me for peaking at the fur(no kits yet), but today, she's just watching quietly.
Didn't really make much of a nest, very little digging or arranging the hay I put in, but that's fine. Added fur yesterday and added more when she kindled.
Pics of some tanning progress. Getting that thick flesh off, ugh. All are mostly fleshed, so upped the pickle concentration for the next step. Will peel the last bits away. In 5 days comes drying & breaking!
If I add both numbers and divide by two, idk if that's how it works, but...
Funny how the % rise slows each time!
No wonder people call it pure by 4th or 5th generation!!
0 by 100, 50 . 1st gen
50 by 100, 75. 2nd gen
75 by 100, 87.5. 3rd
87.5 by 100, 93.75. 4th
93.75 by 100, 96.875. 5th
96.875 by 100, 98.4375. 6th
98.4375 by 100, 99.21875. 7th
99.21875 by 100, 99.609375. 8th
99.609375 by 100, 99.8046875. 9th
99.8046875 by 100, 99.90234375. 10th
99.90234375 by 100, 99.951171875. 11th.....
It starts moving to each non-nine character after the decimal point. Wow. "True" pure would take forever!
Almost 80F today, so, took a leap & tossed 3 litters together!
Did remove one older buck to the cull cage, 2 others in there as well, but from an even older rex litter.
Will replace the floor with proper wire once I know this will work out for them.
Made a super tall top to the feeder & hung up 4 water bottles. Will add a 2nd floor along the back when new floor is put on.
45's kits, except Choc doe, were moved in. Amber's kits all moved in. And 5 Lynx's kits moved in.
Only kits left with mom are 11's and Speckle's. Should be able to put new floor in before they wean.