So in the middle of our hectic Easter weekend we made plans to go to the Friday night Amish auction and look for a rabbit. I'm not fond of buying rabbits there because I can't inspect the animal up close beforehand and have purchased ones that were "oops" the wrong sex before. But I was desperate so off to the auction we went. No big deal.
EXCEPT!- we had done a lot of hard work earlier that day and the auction was going to be standing room only and if we did get a seat it would be on a hard wooden bleacher and I wasn't going to be driving anyway and my back was killing me so taking one little pain pill wouldn't hurt. Oops!
So we went. And we stood. For over 2 hours with no room to turn around we watched them auction off the big chickens and the little peeps, the peacocks and the quail, the turkeys and the egg cartons, the feeders and the cages, the baby bunnies wrapped in Easter baskets and the hatching eggs of every sort, the bottle baby goats and the bottle baby sheep, the pheasants, and the hutches, the pet pigs and the ducklings, the geese and.... all the while we could see two Dutch rabbits, off to the side, waiting their turn. And all the while that pain pill was working, easing the pain in my back and making me just a little bit, er, um, happy. Oops!
As the 3rd hour of standing approached a cage came up for auction that was not getting a lot of interest. It needed some work but was sturdy so DH grabbed it up for a cheap $5. Because of the crowd he decided to go ahead and take it to the truck but before he left the building, he made sure I had the bidder number in case one of the rabbits we were interested in came up. And of course, as soon as he walked out- one did. Oops!
Well, one did with 3 other rabbits of different breeds, in the cage with it. And the auctioneer didn't have any info on any of them- age, sex, breed, nothing. Needless to say the bids weren't high on them. So I (in my slightly wobbly state of mind) decided I was tired of waiting and tired of standing and tired of not having rabbits in the freezer. So I bought them. Oops!
By the time DH returned to the building, I was the
The next morning I was delighted to discover that the Dutch rabbit was a buck! In fact they all were bucks. The other 3 are all friendly little guys who will make great pet quality babies to sell or maybe I'll just resell them. Either way for less than what I had been prepared to pay for one rabbit, I got four with a chance to recoup some of that for profit!
But the best deal of the night was that I got a reminder of what an understanding guy my DH can be. He never even blinked an eye when he found out what I'd done. He just turned around and went back to the truck to get a carrier for the new rabbits. No sighing or eye rolling or lectures, nope! He didn't even complain when he had to spend most of his Saturday assembling permanent cages for our new additions. But I bet he will think twice before he takes me to an auction after I'm medicated again! Oops!