Sunday, November 28, 2010
When something comes in three's in less than a month's time, it's hard to ignore. So the bug bit a week later when I read the article about raising rabbits in the latest issue of Urban Farm magazine. This article labeled rabbits the "perfect urban livestock" because of their size, personalities, care needs and benefits -- meat, fiber and manure. The picture of the rabbit hutch perched above a vermicomposting bin sealed the deal as far as I was concerned. Listen to this: "Taking the garden gold a step further, use your rabbit manure to enhance your vermicomposting practice by placing a worm bin under your rabbit cage. ... you'll spend less time cleaning out rabbit cages, and the worms will eliminate manure piles, minimize odors and reduce the fly population." Jan/Feb 2011 Urban Farm magazine, p. 31.
I began an online search about angora rabbits and watched YouTube videos on harvesting and hand-spinning fiber. Way cool! I think I'd like to get the Giant Angora breed, but finding a reputable breeder may be the hardest part. That, and persuading my wonderful husband to allow yet another indulgence that means more work for him. I'll need a hutch and a monthly allowance to keep my bunnies well-fed and happy.
Photo credit to alpacafarmgirl.com