Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Baby Harlie Pics

Finally, right? Well, here they are in all their furry glory:

I couldn't barely fit the little chunkers all into the basket, so next time I will probably do individual shots of the keepers.

They are very friendly like most Harlequins, but also because this litter in particular has been handled pretty much constantly since the day they were born.

You can't tell, but there is another Harlie kit tunneling around the others at the bottom of the basket in this pic, lol. You can just barely see one ear sticking up between the two in the front:

This buckling in the front is large and typey so far, plus he has a very nice face split with properly alternating ears. He might need to stay if I do not end up overloaded on boys:

Tentatively, it looks like 5 bucks and only 2 does. I really needed more girls to choose from, but I am still so thankful for another Harlie litter so I can hardly complain. :o)

Thanks for looking. NZ are next up!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I just wanted to post that I didn't forget about the blog, but I've been much busier this week than I had anticipated. My preceptorship for school is 7P-7A so I am not getting a whole lot done during the day. This is primarily because I am trying to sleep when I am not catching up on schoolwork. I also had a cold that I am now just getting over.

So.. basically, I am just listing a bunch of excuses, lol. Sorry! To give a brief update, everyone is doing great including all 12 of the Harlie and NZ babies. I'll get back to regularly scheduled programming here shortly (and new pictures, too). Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Litter Updates

Just thought I'd post a quick update. I wanted to take pictures today outside of the older two litters, but there is a major thunderstorm going on right now. I'll try to get it to though as soon as the weather cooperates.

New Zealands- all 5 are in with Kari, who has her paws full with the two litters. The black kit that I bottle-fed most of its young life is definitely a GT steel.

Harlequins- all 7 are running wild and driving their mamma crazy. One kit is so active that I don't know how much time she is taking to eat and always feels on the skinny side. I am trying to give her extra time with Kari to compensate for this apparent abundance of energy. I also decided to practice what I preach and cull the runt of the older Harlequin litter from the herd. She was nicely marked, but just had terrible growth and poor size. Valkyrie was almost twice as large when I compared the two, so that is interesting to see the differences even within the same litter.

Mini Lops- Dove's 3 and Serenity's 4 are all still with us and appear to be okay at the moment, though they are still really young. I always consider the first week to be a dangerous time since they are so tiny and fragile. Edit 01/28: I found Dove's kits dead against the side of the nestbox. It looks like she squished them, which really irritates me. Second edit 01/31: Now I am just mad. Serenity killed the two largest of her kits this morning, so only the runt and one other kit are left. I saw how it happened, too. When I was feeding everyone, I turned around just in time to see her (and Dove coincidently, who is in a stacker next to her) jumping in and out of her nestbox over and over again in a food craze, effectively stomping two of her own in her excitement to eat. The only reason she was even out of food is because she had apparently dug her pellets out for no apparent reason overnight. That is just poor mothering on her part-  of course jumping up and down on kits isn't going to have a good ending. I don't know why does that were already proven and did fine before are giving me problems right now.

In other news, I am sad to say that I had to euthanize my beautiful NZR buck, Scorch. He developed what appeared to be pneumonia suddenly, though I don't know what caused it. These are never easy decisions, but this is the reality that a responsible breeder has to deal with. As great as it would be to just enjoy the good, dealing with the bad is just another part of raising animals.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Breeding Goals

A friend asked the question recently about what constitutes a responsible breeder. In the culling post recently, I mentioned that I believe one important distinction is that responsible breeders have goals in mind. I didn't want to go too far off topic during that discussion to elaborate on it, so I am going to do that today instead.

I am including this stock picture because it is a good metaphor what happens when different people start working with a breed from what I have seen. Some may stay on the tracks heading due north. Although they may stop at different locations along the way, ultimately they will get to the same destination. These breeders (to me at least) represent those that have the standard of perfection in mind. Some, however, take a different path (or veer off course depending on your point of view) and they ultimately arrive in a different state, or on the other side of the country altogether.

With rabbits these differences can be readily seen when you compare rabbits from pet breeders, for example, to rabbits that arrive on the show tables. Since there aren't too many Harlequin breeders around at all these days, I am going to use Netherland Dwarf rabbits to describe some of the differences. I looked at the local Craigslist ads today just for this breed. What I found was that the people offering quantity on the cheap tended to have oversized ND's with big ears, long bodies, poor hindquarters, and were in colors that weren't recognized. The responsible breeders that I know with this breed aim for rabbits that are the opposite of this and that properly meet the standard and rabbits like the ones in the CL ads would have been culled out long ago. 

Netherland Dwarf for sale?

Anyway, here are some of my own goals (aka what I am breeding for):

Health- I want a rabbit with a strong immune systems that does not have, produce, or pass along congenital problems or disease. I also would like them to have good growth patterns/grow out, proper size, etc. You could probably put this in health or temperament categories, but I also want rabbits that are good mothers, ready breeders, and that keep themselves clean. 

Temperament- Ideally, I want rabbits that are friendly and tolerant, but I absolutely will not deal with aggression. I also want a rabbit that handles stress well due to their demeanor (high resilience).

Type- I could say simply that I want to breed better Harlequins, but there is more to it than that. Ultimately, I want to produce rabbits that are well proportioned and have the proper commercial type for the breed. They should have the right parts in the right places. Right now problems I am dealing with are pinched HQ, long shoulders, poor depth, etc. Although it is only worth 10 points, I feel this is extremely important to the multi-purpose/utility function of the breed.

Color and Markings- This is last on my list because it is my lowest priority at this time for this breeding program. Others mileage may vary and some people have been working with the breed forever, so of course they might have the order changed up at this point because they are able to and I am not there yet. Of course if I happen to produce excellent color and markings in a rabbit with the other prerequisites met then that is great, but right now I have to prioritize and know there is a lot of work ahead.

I guess that's a start. There are other goals that can be included like improved litter size, but right now I just feel fortunate to even have litters at all.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mini Lop News

I haven't been posting hardly at all about the Mini Lops because the plan has been to sell out. The kind of sad thing is that the only people to contact me lately are mostly wanting pets and I would like a couple of them at least (especially Hulk) to go to a show/breeding home.

Anyhow, since the does were just hanging out here in the meantime I went ahead and bred them last month. In my experience, it is better to keep a doe working than just hanging around collecting love handles. :) They are due today and are both in the nestbox today pulling fur. Update: Dove had 3 fat kits and it looks like Serenity has at least 4 so far, but she is kindling as I type this.

I bred Sundae at the same time, but it doesn't look like she took this time around. She has produced kits twice before for me, but her first litter had a couple giants DOA and her second litter was a few normal looking kits, but unfortunately they didn't survive the first week. Obviously she is fertile, but I just haven't had much luck otherwise. I am going to go ahead and place her up for sale to a pet home instead of continuing to mess with it since I had already planned to part with the breed to focus on Harlies. She is quite the character and should make a family looking for a new bunny very happy.

I think that's about it as far as Mini Lop news. I love the breed and will miss them quite a bit. Fortunately they are popular enough that if I want to get back into them later on then hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult. They are incredibly cute, are a great size, come in beautiful colors with such nice coats, and have personalities to match their sweet faces. :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Litter Picture Update

Picture + update = Picdate? Upture? 

Anyhoo.. I get the message about the need for pictures, lol. Here you go:


And now litter pictures. There are six in each box. This group is predominately NZ with a few Harlies mixed in:

And this group is predominately Harlies (though one of these is not like the others..):

 Check out the banding!

I know, I know.. stripes and plaid don't mix. The color is also washed out thanks to flash indoors. But not bad considering markings are about last on my to-do list with this breed right now. :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

We have eyes!

I just thought I'd share that the last of the babies from both litters opened their eyes over the past couple of days and are doing very well. We did lose that one black kit from Pearl's litter that I thought was fading, but still have 5 going strong. The Harlequin litter of 7 is doing great also. They are so cute at this age! When I walk in to check on them I see a pile of sweet faces peeking up at me now.

I know they are eating hay on their own in addition to Kari's milk and goat's milk (in the case of the NZ kits) and I am sure they will start nibbling on pellets in a little bit, too. I am so incredibly thankful that I did not lose Pearl's entire litter, but goodness I am attached to some of these little guys and gals now. It is going to be incredibly hard to select keepers for the project at this rate!

Thanks for all the kind words, advice, and support with these guys over the past week. It has been much appreciated! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tacoma and Bonus

So, this is Tacoma. She is quite the goofball as you can see, but also a very pretty and sweet chocolate Japanese doe. Here are a few more I snapped quick while I was working:

I know these aren't the greatest quality pictures in the world, but I just wanted to get something up with our two new additions thanks to April at OlivYew Farm.

And here are a few of Bonus:

I think he was a little freaked out by the camera and he is molting as you can see, but he is a very friendly Japanese buck that seems to love attention. He also likes to throw and push around timothy hay cubes and cardboard tubes, though oddly enough he seems to ignore his resting board, lol. 

I am really excited to have them both here. I'll take some better posed pictures when they are settled in and the weather is nice. 

In other news, we lost one of the NZ kits this morning and it looks like a second might be fading as well. The remaining 5 seem to be hanging on though, so that's good. I know a bunch of the websites say that KMR formula mixes work the best, but I have yet to really see it help any kits no matter which way I make it. I've tried straight KMR with a past litter and lost the baby. This time I've tried KMR + heavy cream and KMR + goat's milk + heavy cream and KMR + goat's milk. Now, I am trying straight goat's milk now at the suggestion of Barbi's article at Barbi Brown's Bunnies and Whitney at Imagination Acres. I can't get fresh locally right now unfortunately, so I am using store bought. Fingers crossed for success! If we can just make it another week or so we should be getting to where they can start to really supplement their own nutrition while they nibble on real food.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Warm Weather and Litter Update

 This is officially the weirdest winter I've had in Georgia. Yesterday it was almost 70 degrees with humidity at 73%. With how warm and humid out it is, it feels a lot like a Spring day in late May. Except.. it's the second week of January.

It's confusing everything around here from the rabbits to the trees. I noticed a couple of the Lops are molting. My Japanese flowering cherry trees have buds on them and the poor, confused daffodils are popping up.

In other news, the NZ litter and the Harlie litter are all still with us, but I am having a lot of trouble with the rotation system and bottle feeding. I think Pearl ran dry around a day before she passed, so the NZ kits lost almost two full days of milk that the Harlies had. This means that the Harlie kits are bigger and stronger than the NZ kits for the most part.

To account for this, I am trying to put the smallest in one nestbox and the largest in the other to try to minimize the competition, but a few NZ kits are still lagging significantly. I still think it is important to try to up Kari's milk production, but (and it sounds cruel) the Harlequin litter has to take priority. New Zealands are one of the top two most popular commercial breeds in the world, while this is probably the only Harlequin litter in my state at this time.

Aside from the rotation, I am also supplementing with the KMR mix to the NZ kits that need it. I haven't found a way yet to convince the kits to nurse a dropper, small bottle, or syringe, so it goes painstaking drop-by-drop to keep them from aspirating. I've noticed they tend to fall asleep before they get even half of what they need so far, so I would not say it is necessarily successful. Hopefully we can get a schedule and some rhythm going to these feedings and they will do better though.

I had planned to do a comparison between the two breeds week by week with weights and growth that I had mentioned before in the blog, but obviously this had to come to an end before it really even started due to the unfortunate circumstances. Here is a comparison picture I took before Pearl became ill (and you can see the Harlies were keeping up with the NZ just fine initially):

And a mugshot:


That's all I have to update for now. Next up hopefully I will be able to post a couple of pics of Tacoma and Bonus, who appear to be settling in just fine. They have wonderful personalities!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Yesterday was one of those days that felt like an emotional roller coaster as far as the rabbitry was concerned. I started the day super excited because I knew I was scheduled to meet with my friend April over at OlivYew Farm for two new Harlequins.

The sad news is that I walked out for the morning rounds of feeding and saw Pearl. To make a long story short, about four days ago she started acting a little bit off. Since then we had ups and downs and I thought she was going to recover twice. Then yesterday morning I went out and she had taken a nosedive overnight until it was apparent that she was not going to survive the day. I tried to make her comfortable, but even that failed and I had to make the difficult decision to euthanize her. Afterward I knew it was the best decision for her as she had multiple failures in her body systems as it turned out (heart, lungs, GI tract, etc.). I have no idea why this happened and was very upset about the whole situation. To make things worse, her kits were not old enough to be weaned. :(

I don't have a lot of options for them, but I am trying to partially foster them onto my other doe Kari (but she already has a litter of 7 big kits) along with bottle-feeding to supplement. I know the survivability of kits that are bottle-fed is very low, but I am hoping with a rotating system that with the other mamma I can somehow get them through until they can eat on their own.

But this post is not just about the sad events of yesterday. It is also about the very happy events that did so much to lift my spirits when things were looking grim. I still met with April and it was great to see her again! It's funny how sometimes just visiting with someone briefly that shares your interest that you haven't seen in a while can make things seem better. It was also great to meet our two new additions, Tacoma and Bonus! I was so excited to see how beautiful they are and wanted to take this moment to thank April again for them. :)

The dynamic duo were originally produced by Hoppe's Harlequins and I am very impressed with the type in her stock. I also really appreciate that she breeds for ideals that I also support, like health before markings, for example. In a marked breed it can sometimes be difficult to find a program like that. I am sad that April isn't able to work with Harlies anymore because I know she felt the same way, but I am still really glad she is going to be working with Dutch because they are also a marked breed and they are adorable and practical as well. Sometimes I really wish I had given the couple of Dutch I had a longer try because I think they are a great breed. :)

Anyhow, can I say again how great the new Harlequins are? Tacoma is a chocolate Japanese doe and Bonus is a lilac Japanese buck. I will be posting a few quick snapshots of them when I can get them uploaded here in the next day or two. I will also post an update with the babies once I can get a better idea of how this bottle-feeding rotation is going to work out.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Trib-ute [trib-yoot] 
1.a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.

1. recognition, commendation, eulogy. 4. levy, toll, impost, duty.
 Rest in peace, my beautiful Pearl.

I'll talk more about what happened later, but I just wanted to recognize this lovely doe for the beauty that she was and thank her for all that she taught me. A tribute, if you will.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Please Update Your Links

I do apologize about the old site falling into disrepair, but I was working hard on the new and improved one for months now. I just finally finished the transfer today.

So without further adieu, instead of http://www.hendrickshearth.weebly.com

Please use: http://www.hendrickshearth.com

I plan to focus on Harlequins for the time for those of you that note breeds beside the site on your links pages. I'm also happy to do a link exchange if you aren't listed and would like to be. If you comment here or e-mail me then I can get you up on the page.

In the meantime, I am very excited to see what 2012 will bring for all of us! Many (myself included) had a difficult 2011, but this is a fresh start and a New Year, so let's make it a great one. :)

This is a bit off topic, but it's amazing to me that Hendricks' Hearth has been up for going on three years now. I would not have been able to get here from there without the support of other rabbit friends/breeders. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your friendship, time, wisdom, patience, and of course blog posts. It means the world to me!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NZ and Harlequin Litter Updates

It has been an interesting week with the kits. As many of you have experienced yourselves, the temperatures plummeted here as well and we had a cold index in the single digits with howling winds. Even though the rabbits were not outside, it was still very chilly and I was concerned since the babies are so young and vulnerable at this age.

So, I brought the nestboxes into the guest restroom each evening (where the central heat seems especially effective for some reason) and for part of the day as well to try to keep environmental losses to a minimum. Even with that, we still lost 3 kits from Pearl right off the bat. It was a large litter though and I know at least a couple of them were the smallest and weakest. Then yesterday we lost a baby from each nestbox. Its never easy to lose kits, but this time was particularly dissapointing because I think the does stepped on them by accident. Kind of weird that both did it on the same day, but these kits looked lively and healthy before nursing and were already gone when I went to remove the nestbox a few minutes later. :(

That said, I am still very thankful for the 7 and 7 we have remaining in each nestbox. Here are a few pictures at day 6 before we lost the kit from each. The New Zealand litter:

And the Harlequin litter:

 The New Zealands are little chunky monkeys moreso than the Harlies. I am curious to see the difference in growth and will try to get some comparison pictures later on. Here is one of the little munchkins:

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I know this isn't a favorite subject to discuss, but I feel that it is an important one. This year on the blog I wanted to address some aspects of being a responsible breeder and this is a biggie.

First, lets talk about what culling is and what it is not. The dictionary.com definition is:

verb (used with object)
1.to choose; select; pick.
2.to gather the choice things or parts from.
3.to collect; gather; pluck.

4.act of culling.
5.something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior."

As you can see, it is a very simple thing to define. It is simply the act of picking something out, most notably something that is in some way not up to snuff. Some people refer to cull as a negative word though, as in certain death for the animals being culled. While some people may use their culls for meat, this is not the definition of the word and it should in no way be thought of as a bad thing (it is actually a good thing!). ARBA defines culling for our hobby as the "removal of undesirable rabbits from the herd."

Now that we know the meaning of the word, lets talk about why it is so important that responsible breeders cull.

First, as we know, most reputable breeders have a set of goals. I will elaborate on mine sometime in another blog post, but generally it is to improve the health, type, and temperament of our stock. We are breeding to a standard of perfection.. in other words, the perfect rabbit that represents our breed. While we may never in reality be able to attain perfection as it is a state of flawlessness that is nigh unobtainable, we may still strive towards creating a rabbit that is a better representation of the breed than we have now. It may have a very strong immune system, for example, so that it may ward off disease better. Or one that has a better hindquarter with greater muscle development. This will better meet the standard of perfection, but it might also help better support the legs and lower back of the rabbit and provide for a more athletic one, too. It may also provide for a better meat rabbit if commercial production is a consideration. So, you can see that sometimes working to better something on a bloodline may provide many positive outcomes.

So how do we get there from here? The answer is through selective breeding. The same way that some cattle breeds developed to be better meat producers, while some became better dairy producers, rabbit breeders work to improve our stock depending on what our individual goals are. However, in the process of producing offspring that we hope will be better rabbits than their parents, there will be a number of babies produced that do not make the cut for selection as future breeding and show stock. They might have crooked teeth, be smaller than all the others, be born without a leg (yes, it happens!), or just not look like what they are supposed to look like. These rabbits, in my humble opinion, should not be bred. And that is where culling comes in, because a responsible breeder knows they only should keep the best for the next generation, so that improvement is always the goal.

We may make several selections over time. Perhaps in the nestbox, at four weeks, at seven weeks, and at four or six months, for example. Different people have different timelines, but this is just to give an idea of what happens. Some breeders know right from the start rabbits that just aren't going to be high enough quality to retain.

What do they do with these? There really is no one answer this.

1. Some people have culls that are just so nice that they still feel they would be able to help other breeders and exhibitors. There may be "parts" of the rabbit that another responsible breeder may need to add to their herd, like a great headpiece. So that buyer may purchase a buck that is another breeder's cull because he has exactly what they are looking for to improve their own stock in the next couple of generations. Or it just might be overall a nice rabbit free from DQ's that a child wants to use for their 4H project, for example.

2. Some people choose to mark them as pet quality and sell them to those looking for a new companion animal. The upside is that they may go to a great forever home, but the downside is that they may not and there is no way to guarantee the outcome either way unfortunately.

3. Some responsible breeders donate their culls. They may be used in a pet therapy program, for an educational program, or for feeding other animals if they were donated somewhere like a wildlife rehabilitation facility. The rabbit will be humanely dispatched before providing a nutritionally appropriate meal to, for example, an injured bird of prey. This may seem barbaric to some people, but predators have to eat, too. In doing something like this, it is helping a facility that might be strapped for funding to get endangered species back out into the wild where they belong.

4. You probably already knew where this was going, but another appropriate outlet for culls is to humanely euthanize them. Some breeders do this only with extremely ill rabbits to keep them from suffering. Rabbits are prey animals and do not have the constitution of some more robust animals. Considering that they are consumed in the wild by a multitude of species, this is not entirely surprising, but it can be difficult for some people to feel comfortable with.

Others use their healthy culls for meat and fur use with their family or pets. This may also shock some people, but there are a lot of positive things to say about rabbit meat. I will make another post some other time about why this is, but for now I will simply say that even doctors are known to recommend rabbit meat to those with digestive or cardiac problems. Rabbit fur is also very soft and warm and is often used to line mittens and hoods among other things. People that feed a raw diet often include whole or parts of rabbits for their pets as well.

One aspect of culling that I think a lot of people don't consider is how hard it is to make that selection sometimes. Responsible breeders give love and care to their rabbits every single day, multiple times a day. I can't speak for everyone, but I get to know each and every one of mine and they are often held even on the day they are born. I believe this is very common from those I have spoken with, though, and the emotional attachment can make it really hard to say, "This one just isn't the strongest/healthiest and can't contribute to the herd in a meaningful way." Sending them to a pet home or donating them, for example, might just be the best thing a responsible breeder can do. It is also difficult sometimes to be really critical of our own herd, but it is so important that it happens along with culling to ensure that future generations are sound of body and mind alike.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Rabbitry Blogging Network

I found out about The Hoppin' Circle from our friends over at 4 Kings Rabbitry through their blog (that is linked to the right of this post). I think it's a great idea! You can visit the site by clicking on the logo picture below:

It describes itself as "a circle of blogs based around showing and breeding rabbits. Our idea is to connect readers, and breeders alike, to blogs that interest them, and promote the faces and rabbitry behind the blogs."

I love reading other rabbit-related blogs and so of course I signed up pretty much immediately. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to say for the upcoming New Year. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Goals

Now that the New Year is upon us, it is time for me to sit down and make a short list of goals to work towards. We had a lot of ups and downs in 2011 with family, school, and our animals, but I am optimistic about the upcoming year and am excited to see what the future will bring. Here is what I have come up with:

1. Graduate from nursing school/get my license. I know this is a big duh kind of goal (lol), but it has been what I have been working very hard on for a couple of years now. I have one more semester of school if all goes well.

2. Plant a small garden. Other than my perennial herb garden, I let all of the other beds lie fallow this year to focus on school. I'd like to weed a few of the empty/ignored plots and start planting some again this year.

3. Teach myself to crochet. My Grandma taught me to knit when I was little and I rekindled that a few years ago. I am still not very adept though and projects take me a long time. I have been told by several people that crochet might be a better fit, so I'd like to work on that this year.

4. Focus on one rabbit breed and stick with it. Since I got back into rabbits in 2009, I've worked with several breeds and dabbled in a few others. This year I had another (duh) revelation being that I can't really get anywhere until I get back to one and work hard at it. Being a very small hobby rabbitry (and wanting to stay that way) only supports this decision, so for this reason and others that I don't want to get into, I reluctantly decided to part with my Mini Lops and hope to focus on my Harlequins.

5. Improve type and health on the Harlies. I know this is technically two goals, but I'd be happy to see improvements on either for the year of 2012, especially now that I have a homebred keeper buck that was recently proven.

6. Cull, cull, cull. I have a tendency to hang onto stock that I get emotionally attached to, but I really need to move these out because I don't use them for breeding or show and they just end up taking up space and resources that could be used for real keepers.

7. Get rid of the old website and finish the new one with the domain transfer, etc. This one is self-explanatory and I just love Weebly. :)

I think that's it for now. I have home-based projects, but they aren't really farm related so I am not including them. Just things I'd like to do to make our home nicer, like carpentry work to fix the porch.

We'll see how these goals turn out when it is time to review them later on. Best wishes to all for a wonderful new year and thanks for taking the time to read this!

Happy New Year!

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.