Friday, December 14, 2012

Find us on Facebook!

Sunny Dayz Rabbitry now has a Facebook page, Come like it to get frequent updates!

~Grace Young

New Look & Updates

I decided since we are in the modern age...To "modernize" my logo/look!  Comment below and let me know how you like it:)

Well, I have 12 does due the first week of January.  A very good friend and I bought out a Production White rabbitry.  We split the deal so I got half and she got half.  I got 5 bred does and she got 5 plus cages. that is kinda what has been going on lately :)

We also got a new livestock guardian pup:)...Sooo cute!

  that's it for now:)

I hope you all have a great evening!
 ~Grace Young

Thursday, October 4, 2012

31/21 - Why I Am Raising Awarness For DS

Well. . .here is a little story about my amazing buddy, Osiyyah and how his loving family has learned so much about Down Syndrome to help this little boy grow up and have a happy, healthy and fun life.  Our two families are very close, and I am overwhelmingly blessed to know a family like the Fishes and to see how much Osiyyah has learned over the past 7 1/2 years.  "O" as we like to call him, is a very fun little boy to be around and he seems to have fun all of the time.

(Adapted from my friend Suriyah Fish's blog, "O's" older sister.)

Kim (Osiyyah's mom) was pregnant. When she was 24 weeks along, we found out she was pregnant with twins. We were so excited. The twins would be the 10th and 11th children in their family. From that point on, everything progressed pretty much normally for a twin pregnancy.

When she was 37 weeks along, we went to the hospital and she gave birth to 2 beautiful babies. A boy and a girl.
Kim's husband was then told that "there was some bad news." Ok. "It looks like the little boy has Down Syndrome." Well, that is not that bad at all we thought! They didn't know much at all about DS, but quickly went to learning. Kim's oldest daughter, Qadoshyah, took it up as her project and spent her entire senior year of high school becoming an expert on Down Syndrome. She wrote a thesis as her graduation paper and went on to write an over 300 page book about Down Syndrome.

The girl was named Yophiyyah, which means The Lord is My Beauty. The boy was named Osiyyah, which means The Lord is My Maker. Osiyyah was hospitalized for 13 days, and was finally brought home.

Through Osiyyah's early months in life, there were many ups and downs. He had trouble gaining weight and had to be on oxygen for a few weeks. When he was 8 months old, his family found out about a special nutritional supplement called Nutrivene-D, which is formulated for people with Down Syndrome. Within 2 weeks of him starting on that, he changed tremendously. He went from being a small, frail little boy who could not sit up. To a very plump, alert and happy baby. The changes were outstanding and to this day we are extremely thankful to have found out about Nutrivene. He learned to walk at 17 months.

"O", as we like to call him, is such a HUGE blessing to our families. Our life would be so boring without him! He brings so much joy to us. He is almost always happy and inquisitive. We often tell people we think every family should have a child with Down Syndrome, as they will really light up your world! If everyone was as happy as he is, there would be a whole lot more people smelling the roses and not as many complaints, that is for sure!

Osiyyah and his twin sister Yophiyyah are 7 1/2 years old now. They both really enjoy living on the ranch and like animals a lot. "O" really likes to help out with anything on the ranch, but really likes to help milk the goats. If he misses a milking, he tells his sister he missed milking "8 times!!'. It is hilarious. He likes to clean much more so than any other kid. And one of his most favorite things for his sisters to make him is fudge. He really enjoys dancing and singing, and gets into it when everyone else is practicing. He also, as the rest of the children in my family and their family, is a little "political junky" and talks about how you should vote for Ron Paul and shouldn't vote for Obama or Romney. He asks his siblings, "are you a Romney kid?" They say no. Then he tells us that he's a "Ron Paul kid". He is so smart :).

While he does have some speech issues and someone that doesn't know him typically can't understand everything he says, he can communicate with all of us just fine through his own little language.

So, that is Osiyyah's story summed up. I love him so much and my life would be so different without him.

And that is why I am blogging for National Down Syndrome Awareness month, because of my amazing little buddy, Osiyyah.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

31/21 - Cool Wether + Healthy Rabbit = Babies on the way!

I bred about 7 does out of 15 last month, so the rabbits are due any day now:)  I usually give my does a break in the summer and start re-breeding in the early fall, around September/October depending on how warm it is out.  I have a very strict breeding scheduled, so if I breed a doe say,  on October 1st and she kindles November 1st then you would wean the bucks at 4 weeks and re-breed the mom. Then at 5 weeks wean the does and two weeks later the doe will kindle again. Now this schedule is for meat production. 
Here are a few recent pics of the rabbits 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Random pictures around the farm

Here are a few animal pics around the farm from earlier this year:)

Here are a few pictures of all of the babies around the farm...
 Recces (our cat) had four kittens about a week ago
 Holstein one of our doelings (above)
 Topaz one of the bucklings (above and below)
Miracle (Below)

Indie our registered LaMancha Doe (below)
Two of our Muscovy ducks