- Animals: rabbits
- Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, grazing management
- Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND RESULTS
(Before receiving this grant, were you involved in any sustainable agriculture activities? If so, briefly describe them.)
No – I wasn’t!
My brother did a project last year and I kind of helped him!
Goal # 1 – Raise rabbits
Goal #2 – Try to let them move around more
Goal #3 – Let them eat grass, instead of rabbit food all the time
Goal #4 – Get purples at the fair
The reason I chose this is because I love my rabbits and I didn’t like to keep them penned up all the time. I already had the rabbits in pens. My older brother and I built a pen that had little wheels on it and I could move it. We got wood for the frame and used wire to enclose it. Then we added the shelter and wheels. I put my rabbits in it and moved it around so they could eat real grass like the wild rabbits do. I also feed them rabbit food and vegetables. They loved eating the fresh grass and it saved us money and time.
Jedd – Brother,
Rex – Brother,
Shelley – Mom: helped build pen;
Callie, Erica, Megan, Tyler – friends: helped move pen & feed rabbits;
Extension office – offered classes on rabbits;
The results of my project were good. My rabbits loved roaming around and eating. I thought they would be happier and they were. It saved us money and it was easier to play with them. They were healthy and chubby.
The change I would make is to fix the pen a little so they couldn’t get out sometimes.
I learned responsibility and about living naturally, off the land, instead of eating boughten food all the time. Natural is better – for rabbits and humans!!