Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail find their feet.

Posted on April 7th, 2018

Last week I shared the safe arrival of 3 new lady friends for Buster the Rabbit. Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, as they have become affectionately named, spent 2 weeks in the chick shed but it was time for them to move. The rabbits are New Zealand Whites and bred for eating more than as pets, as such they eat a huge amount and grow very fast. I swear they have doubled in size in the 2 weeks since they came to us and very quickly made the chick shed look too small. Furthermore Farmer Nick is off to the fowl auction next weekend in hope of buying some day old chicks that will need the shed. Buster had a grumble with his home too; the rain blew through the wire mesh making his straw damp. Farmer Nick has been moving a few chickens each morning from their winter house into Jurassic Park for the summer and this was then the perfect summer home for the rabbits. A good clean down, together with a new door system to let the children in without the rabbits escaping, and we were ready for the big move.

Farmer Nick leads the way with Buster.

Buster’s little yellow paws are evidence of the rain overnight seeping into his house. His new home is all water tight but still allows the fresh air and natural daylight in. He will be kept separate from Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail for a few weeks yet as a safeguarding intervention from us, however in time I’m hoping we will be able to welcome our own new born New Zealand White baby bunnies to the farm.

Buster on the move to his new home

 

Next up Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail enter their first big home carried by Farmer Nick and Theo.

 

Farmer Nick and Theo moving Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail to their new house

Happy bunnies and happy children

The three sisters couldn’t believe the space of their new home. It is perfect for them to find their feet and run around whilst allowing plenty of room for the children to all climb in and see them. It didn’t take long for the bunnies to be scooped up and cuddled. I wonder how long they will be able to do this before they become too heavy to lift like Buster.

 

Cuddling new baby rabbits Flopsy and Mopsy at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holiday

 

 

Cuddling a baby rabbit at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

The chickens are equally delighted to be back outdoors free ranging for summer.

Chasing, carrying and feeding the chickens in the field has always been a favourite with the children.

 

Feeding a chicken at Coombe Mill Holidays

Don’t forget we are open all year if you fancy trying your hand at catching a chicken or cuddling a bunny.

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