had a call the other day about a guinea pig and a polish rabbit. Would I sell them to a pet store? I said sure. Expected a counter offer in price, but the person was willing to pay my asking price (which is good as I had other potentials lined up).
Kindled two days earlier. I had wondered this morning if she might kindle as she hadn't cleared up her feed from yesterday. Two dead kits in the box this afternoon. By all appearances were born dead.
E.Rosie is a somewhat reluctant breeder but she is a very calm, shy, unflappable young doe. I find that running her with a buck for three days is the best solution for her. Popper is a sweet, quiet boy and excellent boy to put with a shy doe as he is determined but not overly pushy.
Together they produced three babies. Two brokens, one DOA peanut.
Biscuit (pictured above) is a generic meat rabbit.
She likes me. She has BIG litters..13-14 in each litter but every time she only raises 11.
This time round I was a bit concerned as I really had no one I could foster kits to (the rest were all about 2 weeks old). I saw that the three small ones were starting to fail. So it was like okay.. do I let nature take it's course or.... do I take a calculated risk?
I have two does side by side that kindled at the same time and don't argue through the wire.. what if it I took the two from the one litter and stuck them in with the other five and then gave the three small ones to that doe?
So Rosie's two kits moved over to Splash, and Rosie is raising Biscuits three small ones. Splash wasn't sure what to think but since all her kits were bustling about she basically just growled and kept jumping away from them. They settled, she settled and all was well. The first day Rosie would have NOTHING to do with them so I stuck one of her kits back in with them. That did the trick. She fed them all. I put the big kit back in with the other ones as I saw that it was getting the bulk of the milk. I was quite convinced for three days that the smallest one still wouldn't make it BUT>>>> the other day it was like WOOT WOOT! it's looking good.
The little black and white one there is the tiny one of the litter. It is smaller than the rest, but it's coming along. :) I am pleased at the results of this calculated risk.
Mitch (above) with E. Rosie produce four babies. Two were peanuts, one born dead, the other will die soon I think. One broken chocolate and one broken black. She's being a bit of a nervous mom so I needed to take the nestbox away for a little while yesterday. First litter for this young doe.
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.