Meet Chip, our homestead rabbit! She is the first furry friend that we had on our homestead 🙂
About a year and a half or so ago a neighbor of ours had a rabbit hutch that they no longer needed so we graciously took it off their hands. With a rabbit hutch but no rabbit, we went to Facebook and asked if anyone had an extra rabbit, and a couple of days later, we had a new rabbit! She was about a year old when we got her, so she is about 2.5 years old now.
The rabbit started off as a pet for the children, and they named her “Chip”, or “Chippy”. Without really knowing it, Chip kind of helped push us along our homesteading dream in way. She was the first animal that we had to take care of, and she provided good manure that we could use in our compost and garden!
So we’ve had her for about a year now and we have just keep her outside year-round. We live in southwest Ohio so in the summer months it can get pretty hot, so we have her in a nice shaded spot to keep her cool. In the winter months, especially this past winter, it didn’t get too cold, only a few days below 20 degrees, so she did just fine outside. Most nice days when we are outside we let her out of her hutch and have a small fenced in area in the yard where she can run around.
We feed her rabbit pellets and mix that in with a variety of vegetables – carrots, lettuce, and cabbage. Also, when she is out her hutch in the yard, she’ll eat a lot of the grasses and various things that she finds.
Chip and the Children
Having Chip around has also helped us introduce our children more to homesteading. They love petting her and being around her, and Chip enjoys their company as well. They’ll also help us scoop up her poop that falls below her hutch. We’ll explain to them how we can use her waste to help provide good nutrients to the soil to help the garden grow better. They are boys, so they don’t mind scooping up the poop 🙂
Chip has been a great addition to our homestead and we enjoy having her. We’ve learned that rabbits are social creatures and we’ve talked about getting her a friend. We have also thought about breeding them and possibly one day even breeding them for meat and/or sale. When you’re a homesteader, the possibilities are endless!
Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!
Andrew & Maria