all went to various pet homes from Toronto to Windsor to small town Ontario.
an instructional video to teach your rabbit how to do rabbit jumping.
three kits born. biggest broken chocolate. middle size chocolate. Peanut chocolate. Peanut won't survive. Trying to help the other two to survive so have brought them in the house for the night.
In the winter my guinea pigs are kept in a four hole stacker that I got in a trade.
I pack 'em in tighter than perhaps is best but I want to keep them warm. They aren't overly crowded but they are a bit tighter. Three sows to a cage which works well except when they have littles and then it's three weeks of crowding which they can handle. :) Then the littles go to the separate gender cages.
Trying to keep the pups all straight as they are sharing the same living space.
Bit crowded for the short term but that will change quickly enough.
three mini rex kits born.
two dark, one light.
four pups born...two during morning chores, the other two after I left the rabbitry.
All are tri-coloured.
Two boys, two girls
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. :)
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.
For the BEST rabbit forum I've ever found. Go to Rabbittalk.com. Good for the pet rabbit owner as well as the breeder for meat or show.