There is a really long story behind these baby bunnies. I’m not really in the mood to type that much, though! The biggest parts are that we’re extremely attached to these babies and we saved their lives! They’re in the flower garden in front of our house. Brooke’s room (which is actually supposed to be a study) faces the garden. Once we knew there were bunnies out there she would keep watch over them for bits of her day since she could see them from her window.
One day she starts yelling to me frantically from her room about the bunnies. I had no idea what she was saying since I was on the opposite end of the house. When I finally figured it out (by walking to where she was) I realized she was saying that a bird was attacking the babies.
I didn’t take it as seriously as it sounded. She said the bird was pecking at them. I assumed the bird was maybe in our garden but probably hadn’t noticed the babies yet.
Boy was I wrong!! The bird was out there and when I stood quietly it came right back over to where the babies were and started pecking at them! The babies’ eyes were still sealed shut (they must’ve been 5 days old at this point, 6 max) and they were 100% defenseless so they just laid there huddled together. You could tell by their behavior that they’d just been messed with because they were burrowing into each other and shaky. (I should mention that the first time the bird came Brooke banged on her window to get it away from them!)
So I sent Brooke in the house and stayed outside quietly watching. The bird kept coming back over and over. I threw rocks at it any time I could! I didn’t know what to do for a while! I was panicked that “our” babies were going to get eaten! I considered my options… go buy a wire fence thing? Find a box? WHAT?!?! haha
I wanted to go google info so I asked Brooke and Sierra if they wanted to read their books (they’d been reading just before this) on the porch and watch the bunnies for a little while. They were super excited about that so I went in to google.
I got distracted for a minute by needing to change Everett and then empty the garbage, yadda yadda.
On my way back to the house after emptying our garbage I was pondering what to do to keep the birds away but enabling the mama to still get to her babies…
This is when a voice called out, “Ariana?”
Immediately annoyed (I hate people, ha) I turned to look who was bothering me. It was my neighbor, a neighbor we’d never met. A neighbor who hadn’t bothered to introduce him or his wife when we moved in, only bothered to take a notice to us when summer rolled around and our yard thawed from the snow and was yellow (long story, unrelated to the bunnies)… so already I was annoyed by him finally introducing himself only after calling the HOA and the city about our yard (OH MY GOSH YELLOW GRASS, CALL THE PRESIDENT!) and then only introducing himself like he cared after Allan went to talk to them to try to make friends to get them off our backs about the freaking yard!! We were taking care of the yard, it was just in wretched shape after the last renters so it was an uphill (and long term) battle we were fighting. Sheesh. (Have I ever mentioned that Allan and the kids picked up over 200 pieces of dog poop from the previous tenants’ dogs!?!?!?
So to try to get out of this conversation I mentioned needing to go figure out what to do to protect these baby bunnies in our yard. He was actually nice about the bunnies and suggested an umbrella tilted over them. This turned out to be awesome and thank goodness something good came to be out of an uncomfortable meeting for me!
I left him, he went back to his house, and got the kids’ old toy story umbrella from our back yard. It was busted so I had to put it back together and tape it with packing tape!
SO, the good news is: the umbrella kept the bird away!! YAY!! The bird finally stopped coming back with that pesky umbrella in the way and our babies are safe!
So, we check on them (they’re now 12 or 13 days old) and just love them. They opened their eyes for the first time a couple days ago and now they can actually run and hop! It’s amazing to watch them go from these bitty things that couldn’t open their eyes and could barely walk, and were so wobbly… to little fluffballs that can run faster than we can!! All in a week’s time!
Here’s the timeline of the bunnies:
Sunday, June 29th: found the bunnies. They’re 5 or 6 days old.
June 30th: they just hang out in our garden. They’re 6 or 7 days old.
July 1st: they’re attacked by the bird. They’re 7 or 8 days old.
July 2nd: they hang out under the umbrella most of the day. They’re 8 or 9 days old.
July 3rd: their eyes open! They’re 9 or 10 days old.
July 4th: 10/11 days old
July 5th: we find them frequently in the weeds in our garden rather than in their nest under the umbrella! 11/12 days old
July 6th: we don’t see them in their nest under the umbrella at all, only in the weeds. They run (really fast!) from us when they hear us! 12/13 days old