History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Animal Trivia # 6 Horses & Cows

While looking through an old vintage animal encyclopedia I came across some interesting comments that I will have to check out this summer.

It you know for sure that the following two comments are true will you let me know?

All horses rise from the ground on their front two legs first; however, all cows rise from the ground with their two hind legs first.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Our Recent Student Visit

Yesterday we had a group of elementary school students visit the Ranch for a class field trip. All the students on the field trip were from a science class. After receiving an extensive tour of the ranch and having the opportunity to talk to several of the ranch hands Tammy brought the kids into the “The Big Hall” where she had milk and cookies waiting for them.

While the students were eating their snack, Victor, who thinks he is an expert on all science and political matters, thought he would conduct a pop quiz to keep the students busy. Below are the results of Victors quiz.  


VICTOR Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A STUDENT Premature death

VICTOR Can any of you name the four seasons rabbits live through?
A STUDENT Yes. Salt, pepper, mustard and garlic

VICTOR Do any of you know how dew is formed?
A STUDENT Yes! The sun shines down on the leaves of the trees and makes them perspire so all the rabbits can get some water - (Victor liked this answer.  Gave the Kid an A+)

VICTOR What causes tides in the oceans?
A STUDENT   Oh we just studied this. The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. Water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on it and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget how the sun joins the fight but I know rabbits love water and wash their fur in it.  (This kid got an A+ as well)

VICTOR What are steroids?
A STUDENT Little things that keep carpets  from moving on  stairs

VICTOR What happens to a young boy who raises rabbits when he reaches puberty?
A STUDENT He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery (Victor gave the kid a C-)

VICTOR   What happens to your body as you age?
A STUDENT When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

VICTOR What is artificial insemination?
A STUDENT Oh that's when you guys do it to the rabbits (Victor gave the kid a B)

VICTOR How can you delay milk from turning sour?
A STUDENT Keep it in the cow (Can't believe it Victor gave the kid a B-)

VICTOR How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. The abdomen)?
A STUDENT Well the body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity is what contains all the five bowels: A, E,I, O, U.                                              

VICTOR What does 'varicose' mean?
A STUDENT Nearby in Chinese I think   

VICTOR What is a terminal illness?
A STUDENT When you are sick at the airport.

VICTOR In a democratic society, how important are annual elections?
A STUDENT Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fruit and Vegetable Trivia # 1

Here at the ranch we are always looking for new and improved foods that we can feed our herd. Recently, while reading a horticulturist magazine we came across some interesting if not down right bizarre facts.

With spring, and a new growing season, right around the corner you might find these little factoids of interest. 

All watermelons have an even number of stripes on their outer rinds.

Each ear of corn has an even number of rows of kernels.
All stalks of wheat have an even number of grains.

Every orange has an even number of segments when you cut it in half.

But here's the kicker - "every bunch of bananas" - has on its lowest row an even number of bananas but then the number of bananas decreases by one on each succeeding upward row. So as you look at every bunch of bananas their is an even row and an odd row with the number of bananas.

If you find information of this nature interesting let us know and we will include it in our blogs.  If you do not find this kind of trivia of interest let us know as well.  Thanks 

Friday, April 19, 2013

General Trivia - Regarding Barley

Barley is a foliage that many breeds of rabbits love. Many of you know that barley is often times used in some types of "heavy beers".

However did you know that 7% of the entire barley crop in all of Ireland goes into the production of one thing!  Making Guinness Beer?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Long Over due Update from The Ranch

Sorry it has been so long since we last made a post on this blog.  As many of you are aware it has been a very cold and protracted winter and we were just so busy keeping the herd warm and healthy.

But now it is time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.  You won't believe how many construction projects we have planned for this year that are all on hold because of the weather.  We are all hoping that over the next few weeks the weather will turn good so we can finally get back to making Ralph's Rabbit Ranch one of the most efficient and productive rabbit ranches in the country.

To keep the rabbits busy and happy over the past few months Tammy has been spending countless hours getting them use to the water.  Once the ice melts on the Flambeau river we will give the herd access to the water.

Once they are in the river we will start selecting those bucks and does that we think will be good candidates for the 2013 swim teams.  Last year was are first entry into competitive swimming and we were proud of the efforts the rabbits put forth even though we did not win any major events down in St Louis last summer

You may remember we opened our rabbit swim classes up to the public last summer so people could come out and watch and the response was phenomenal. It was amazing how many families came out to see the rabbits swim.  So as you can imagine we will be opening up our rabbits swim time to the public this year as well.  

People are always so surprised to learn that rabbits take to water just like ducks take to water - except rabbits don't quack.  Here are a few recent pictures of Tammy showing how she teaches the rabbits how to swim.  Please note that for obvious safety reasons Tammy always requires the rabbits to wear a personal life preserver until she feels confident they can swim a few laps in the pool on their own.

Here is Tammy placing Spencer one of our big bucks in the water.  Does he look excited? 

With in a few minutes you can see how Spencer really begins to enjoy the water.

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