I managed to find time to add on to the colony pen the final two levels onto it. I am still hopeful to add a 3rd grid wide for even more space once they become breeding age and will start needing nesting boxes. I am hopeful to be adding 2 more does to this colony to finish it off as well.
In the coming weeks I also hope to creat a secondary colony of 2-3 older does as well as a laid back and friendly buck to see if they will benefit from the colony setting as much as these young girls have.
So far, so good! All three girls are doing well together still. My youngest girl will be added in around 10 weeks old I think... She is 6.5 now and still with her mom. By then she will be weaned and big enough to handle them all. I am still up in the air on holding back my little REW doe... she is turning out to look really nice type but is closely related to many of my herd.... I do not have any offspring from her mother or father yet though... so maybe she will stay, for a while anyways.
I will be adding on a third level this week hopefully and maybe even extending the side by one pannel. So it will be 3Wx2Lx3H instead of 2x2x2. Each pannel is 16"x16" which is why I want to go one more for width and eventually two more for height giving each girl their own individual level to escape to if they are not wanting to be near each other. I am still in the air on it all but planning as I go and learning as I go as well.
I may eventually try a couple of my other girls together in a different colony as well but not yet... I want to work with my Jr's first and focus on gettin gone established colony before attempting any others.
Here is the start (hopefully ) to my colony. I will be adding in one or two more does depending on if I decide to keep back the second girl or not, she's still too young to tell on type. Before then, I will have to add another level and will have to expand it once they start to get bigger as well but so far, so good.
I have started planning and carefully selecting the does to start creating my doe colony on top of my ideas for next years grow outs. In this post you will find my initial ramblings before I actually start it this time.
The Colony Experience
Follow Milo & Me's adventure of creating a colony lifestyle for a more natural life for our rabbits. Since rabbits are sociable beings, we believe a rabbit colony is a way for them to live and to maintain a happy demeanor and overall health.