Tonight, we attended mandatory 4H guidance meetings for both Poultry and Rabbit projects. The guidance meetings are for the County clubs (there are county clubs for each animal project that goes to fair) to present all pertinent info to families for the upcoming 4H year. It’s an administrative meeting, so kind of boring, but we got a lot of good info as this will be our first year taking a poultry project.
This year, in addition to our breed rabbit projects, S12 will be taking a rabbit doe and litter project (assuming we can find a mini rex black otter doe to mate with Umbreon, and that the mating is successful). And both girls are taking pullets, or a pair of hens 4-6 months of age at fair time. We are ordering Barred Rocks and Buff Orpingtons for our pullets. They should arrive mid-March.
Today, O8 asked me to help her start her own blog. It seems like she has started to come out of her writing shell. Until now, she has been pretty content to let her bigger (and very prolific) sister do all the pencil/pen/keyboard work. I see her writing more and more in the kids’ play context, though. She made a menu all on her own a week ago for a pretend restaurant, which was huge progress. As her parent, it has been hard not pressing the issue and even harder to trust that she would write when she was ready to. I’ll admit to breathing a small (but hopefully inaudible) sigh of relief.
So we set up a WordPress blog for her, which she is calling “Holly The Bunny”. She plans to write mostly about her 4-H rabbit. She took a picture of Holly with my phone for the header, and then we got another shot of Holly exploring in the sunroom to put into the first post. I grabbed a screenshot to share here, since the blog is private.
Today, we went to our first ARBA rabbit show. It was held in Akron at the Summit county fairgrounds. We spent some time walking around and looking at the different breeds. The girls spotted several fuzzy lops, a breeder with a lot of mini Rex, some cute hollands, and Flemish giants (which are a little creepy, according to S9). We talked to the mini Rex guy. We watched some of the judging. We also saw a dealer who makes travel carriers and cages.
We went through almost the entire show before we spotted a breeder with adorable Dutch rabbits. She showed us a cage with three that were for sale by her 4-H niece. O8 was smitten with one in particular. We decided to get pancakes and talk it over.
At breakfast, O8 decided she wanted to get the Dutch female. She solemnly promised to care for her and do what she needed for her 4-H project. We went back to talk to the dealer, and settled on a price of $35 (I can’t believe we paid that much for her, either). Our travel cage was in the van, so we went out to get it. A few minutes later, the girls and I headed out with our new bunny.
On the way home, we stopped at Tractor Supply and bought a cage. It turned out to be a horribly cheap, flimsy, poorly-designed travesty, so we packed it back up and went to PetsMart instead. There, we bought a ridiculously-overpriced but much better quality rabbit suite. O8 helped me put it together. Soon, Holly had her penthouse assembled and was introduced to her new home in our kitchen.