Finally, baby rabbits. Our two does kindled about two weeks ago and ten of the thirteen kits survived and are doing fine. For their first eight weeks or so their diet is exclusively breast milk; the does usually nurse their young twice a day and otherwise leave them alone in their nesting box - a cozy box filled with hay and fur. The kits are born hairless and the does provide insulating warmth by plucking fur from their own chests in the days before they give birth. For the first few week or so the bunnies are nearly impossible to see unless you part the mound of fur that covers them and keeps them warm. Now that they're growing their own fur and are a bit bigger, the mother's fur has matted in with the rest of the bedding, and isn't needed for survival any longer. We're going to breed the does several times during the summer, and we hope to have a full freezer by the time winter rolls around again.
I live in Middlebury, Vermont, a recent transplant after living in Minnesota from 1996 to 2012.
I'm a Buffalo, NY native. I grew up in a house where everything was made from scratch. Not fancy, but good.
I've a real love for traditional stews, especially coq au vin and cassoulet.
From raising and butchering the chickens and ducks I use for stews and confit, I love to be involved with all aspects of the food I eat. I grow vegetables in my garden and save seeds, sharing them with other gardeners through Seed Savers Exchange.
My wife and I have three children who eat, cook, garden, bake, and smell wine. They're part of almost everything we do in the kitchen and at the table.