|Parson Swamp Rd, Mayanup, Western Australia, AU
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Project: Bunnyginup 1
Posted by Ted Russ almost 13 years ago
I think the summary said it all. Because of the distance, and the need to feed and water all the animals, it wasn't possible to move only some of the animals, or leave important household goods at the opposite end of the journey...
In addition, of course, I couldn't even go ahead and build new pens at the new location, because that would be 600km a day commuting - just a bit much.
On moving day, friends and family loaded the household into a furniture truck and drove that to the new farm, while a few other family members and I remained behind and put rabbits in travel crates, chickens in travel crates, and cats in travel crates, then loaded up all the easily movable pens and hutches onto a large tandem-axle trailer, with the majority of the adult rabbits in their crates places so they'd stay out of wind and rain.
The cats and chickens and the youngest rabbit kittens came with me in my car, while other rabbits travelled in a family member's 4WD, and at about 9pm that night, they were all unpacked and rabbits put into the pens that I'd managed to move on the day, a few stayed in a temporarily converted garden shed, and a hastily-constructed series of pens on the ground.
Luckily the rabbits were as exhausted as we were and didn't dig out under the temporary pens.
The chickens were left inside a luckily pre-existing chicken run, in the travel crates but with the doors and covers off, so that they'd just wake in the morning and walk out and be in their new home. They actually started laying again that day, and never looked back from that point.
And a further trip back with the trailer got me the other two larger rabbit pens I needed, and provided housing for all the adults rabbits. All in all, the move lost not a single animal, and the nursing does even remained bonded to the kittens so that they all survived.
Then, ten weeks later - another move as the landlord reneged on a deal...
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