this little girl went to her new home today.
She'll be the beloved pet of two young girls under the watchful eye of their parents. :)
The unfortunate reality of raising any kind of livestock is that some mom's will do a better job than other moms.
This of course leaves the owner in a quandry at times. Particularly if the better mom has lesser quality kits then the poorer mom. Do you foster? Do you let nature take it's course? Do you supplement?
In my rabbitry my choice is to swap out kits however I have need to do so.
I have two harlequin does in my rabbitry who are STELLAR mother. Rarely losing kits, caring for them well, no sick kits. Just healthy happy babies. EXACTLY what you want in a momma rabbit.
I've had some does kindle over the past few days.
Pinny...raises three well. (holland lop)
Oreo....raises up to four well. (polish)
DJ .... big mini rex doe, doing an excellent job as a first time mom
Marie ... Holland lop doe doing a good job as a first time mom.
KNOWING that Oreo and Pinny sometimes struggle in their roles as momma's I did some litter switching.
Marie's kits went to Lisa along with a couple from DJ.
DJ got Lisa's kits.
Pinny got two of DJ's and one from Splash.
Oreo got three from DJ.
Marie got Oreo and Pinny's kits.
This should hopefully result in a bunch of healthy happy kits in five - six weeks time.
And DJ who is now raising Lisa's kits will be able to go to her new home sooner as her litter just jumped 10 days older. :) Should make her new people happy. :)
Broken black mini rex doe DJ (a friend's doe that I'm hosting) had eight kits last night.
She had been bred to Buck, a black japanese mini rex that I rescued and used for breeding before he went to his new home. i wasn't sure what to expect.
We got a mixed bag of broken black, solid black, and I'm not sure what some of them are. Time will tell for sure.
I got to see them born as she had them between 1155 and 1205.
I gave extra fur as it was going to be cold last night. They were, as you can see, in great shape this morning.
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.