So when I said we gave the rooster away, I should say we actually kind of "exchanged" him for a pair of grey rabbits. They were from a friend of the friend who took the rooster off out hands, and were about 4 months old when we got them. About that same time, a completely different friend of a friend offered to give us his two rabbits (both California giants, one white, and one black and white spotted) and two rabbit hutches as well. So all of the sudden we had four rabbits and two hutches...for free! I summoned up all my past 4-H knowledge and attempted to decipher the sex of all of them, and as far as I could tell, we had one buck and three does. We left the two grey ones in together (one of which was the buck). Sure enough I came outside to feed them one day and they were doing their thing...except the buck had the poor doe's front confused with her back...I got a good chuckle out of that, let me tell you.
Apparently they got everything figured out, because about 2 1/2 weeks ago she had a bunch of baby bunnies.
This doe has proved to be a much better mama then our first, and the 6 babies are looking plump and healthy and stinkin' adorable. One of them is a little crippled, we're not really sure what happened to him, but we think that he somehow got out of the nesting box and the chickens pecked at his legs from under the hutch...just one more reason to put them in their coop.
My husband has already bred another doe (a really big white one who already looks pregnant) and is going ahead with the rabbit raising/eating plan. I'm still not sold on the idea, especially because these baby bunnies are so dang cute, but fortunately it's his enterprise and I just get to hold baby bunnies.
I'm enjoying the cuteness while it lasts, anyway.