From the safety of an underground nest, it was time to follow the light at the end of the tunnel and meet the world.
There are probably more youngsters still in the nest, but there’s little chance I’ll see them. Once the babies become alert enough to explore, their mother immediately moves them to a new place. By sundown they’ll all be gone, and the hole to the nest will be covered up.
There are six bunny basement condos in and around the barn. Different holes are used at different times of the year, depending on weather conditions. The nests are always near a water source and protected from direct sun. They are made comfortable using pine shavings and feathers found easily in the barn and around the chicken enclosure. When the hens are molting, I have my very own bunny maid. She gathers as many as she can in her mouth and stashes them in her nests all day long. Nice!
If you haven’t met Jasmine, our resident barn bunny, you can read her story, Meet Jasmine, Flock Bunny.