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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Which do you want first . . . the good news or the bad news?

Which do you want first . . . the good news or the bad news?

We checked on the baby rabbits yesterday around lunchtime, and all seemed to be going well.  It was another super hot day - but they were all kicking and wiggling.  Unfortunately, by the time I got home from work at 5PM, there were more telltale flies.  Sometime yesterday afternoon, another baby died.   Very sad. 

The good news is that when I counted the remaining bunnies, there were 6!  So apparently, we started with a litter of 9.  Snowball is one fertile mama!  And apparently Mr. Nibbles has strong swimmers as well.  Good news for the future.

 I beat myself up quite a bit about losing those three bunnies - to the point where Amy told me to get a grip.  And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this sort of thing happens all the time between the barn and my table.  I’m just very removed from the process.  I’m sure (especially after seeing those disturbing videos on YouTube) that there are lots of casualties in the commercial livestock or poultry business.  My unofficial google research shows that commercial mortality rates are between 10 and 20% - some estimate as high as 40%. 

So cute, fuzzy, baby animals die all the time so that we can eat.  It’s a practice I endorse and support every time I buy meat at the store - I’ve just been shielded from the unpleasant reality by a shrink wrapped styrofoam package.  But, that’s why we’re doing this - to get closer to our food.  To experience the journey from field to table - and while it’s not always pleasant, it’s extremely informative.  And it might turn me into a vegetarian yet.

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