I’ve had the girls for 5 weeks now and I think that makes them about 17 weeks old. They aren’t vocalising much, just a few quiet ‘buk-buks’ to each other. It’s me that’s doing most of the clucking.
I was sitting on the deck this morning with my usual cup of coffee, when one of them put her head in the air and decided it was time for her ‘Joan Sutherland at La Scala’ impression.
“Buk, buk, buk, bwaaark; buk, buk, bwaaark, bwaaark!!”.
She must have thought, “that was a bit of all right”, because she leaped onto a log and did an encore, louder and longer.
I was gob-smacked; the others looked at her in stunned amazement. One gave a sort of strangled cry (more practice needed there, I’d say) and then, as if in shock, they all fell silent for the rest of the day.
Still, it’s a beginning…..
Later on, after lunch, I came out and saw them looking interestedly at a baby rabbit that had got into their playground.
The playground isn’t a secure site (sounds like a web page!). It’s fenced with steel panels and roofed over with a bird net. The gaps in the panels are barely 4 cm wide, but the little bunny easy slipped through.
Which explains why, when I sowed some clover seed down the back inside a square formed from the same panels, something kept eating it. I blamed possums climbing in, not believing that such a small baby rabbit could be out on it’s own.
Just so you can see how tiny they can be, here’s a photo of a baby rabbit skull I retrieved from under the woodheap where it went to god. I’ve kept it for a friend who collects skulls. She’s quite normal, just an amateur naturalist. (No, that’s interested in nature, not running around without her clothes!).