I was seeking a way to cull some numbers in my herd and the opportunity arose for me to find new homes for these two, so off they went to Scarborough.
Tangle along with Play produced these two lovely kits. The Harlequin takes after his dad (he's quite small). Born on Jan 29 these kits have done really well. Off to a pet home.
Astrid's baby picture, and her now adult picture. She grew up pretty didn't she?
From Astrid's people: My family and I adopted one of your rabbits 7 years ago! She is healthy, and happy. We take very good care of her. We make sure she gets the proper amount of food and exercise. Astrid (the bunny) has a whole room to herself in the basement and she runs around in it when supervised which is often. Astrid is a friendly and social rabbit who loves lots of cuddles and love, she is also very curious!
I had hopes that Sheer, Oct 24 daughter of TangleFoot x Maximus would turn out well. Her ears had promise to drop like her momma's did by six months, but...
She also proved to be a bit of a fussy girl. Grain (1 tbsp) and 1/3 cup Pellets was all she would eat. If I supplemented with anything else, she wouldn't finish her pellets Add to that her ears never dropped and it was a decision to move her one. .
My plan was to send her to a pet home as over all she was a healthy girl just thin due to not eating a whole lot.
BUT BC Pinelane Rabbitry asked if they could have her and were willing to take the risk with her, so off she went to her new home today. Who knows, perhaps she will flourish with a different caretaker. I've seen it happen before. I've taken in risks and had them turn out to be wonderful rabbits. I hope that Sheer will flourish as well.
Cocoa and Peter are off on new adventures today. Born Jan 29, off Tangle and Play. These youngsters should do well for their new people.
I bred Storm to a young buck that came as a rescue. Came in as a doe, but left as a buck. :) Called him Barney the short time he was here. An Orange boy who sat up pretty and had a huge wide head.
Seven kits in an extremely well built nest. Storm is a bit of a flighty girl so I'm hopeful that she will do a good job.
Watch Me Grow
Litter of five, no nest, cold. Warmed them up, built a lovely nest for them. Mom thought sitting on them a good idea.
Watch Me Grow
For the past three weeks I've been quite concerned about Play. He's an adorable boy who is always up for the job at hand, friendly, so easy to handle and do things with. But he hasn't been eating right and I've been checking his teeth, giving him different food options, and just being very mindful of him. Not running a temperature. I had an idea that he managed to damage a tooth, but seeing to the back of rabbits mouth isn't the easiest thing to do.
I pulled him out today as I was clipping rabbit nails and wanted to give him another thorough going over. He had a very weepy eye and had developed a spot on the right side of his jaw and so I suspected a tooth problem of a more serious nature. He also lost a great deal of weight.
I culled him (euthanized) him as a vet bill to fix it up is currently beyond my budget and I didn't want him to suffer. A serious tooth issue is beyond my capability to cure as well.
Being of the curious nature that I am I wanted to know if my suspicions were correct. I discovered an abscess at the base of a cracked and rotten tooth. I'd show you imagines...but I'd rather not. :) It was a bit smelly and unpleasant.
All in all I am very glad that I culled him. It hurt my heart to do so as I really liked this little fellow. But I need to set that aside and do what is right for the animals in my care. A quick death in times of difficulty is the best gift I can offer.
Other reasons that I might need to cull?
Seven kits, one DOA. It was funny, I warned Step she needed to have babies or she'd be on the culling list. I turned around and she started kindling! :) Funny little doe. Made a marvellous nest with tons of fur, needed a bit of supplementing at the base due to lots of straw cleaned out as she kindled.
Ditzy first time mom issues. All kits died. She didn't feed them.
This little girl off Aida and Miller went off to her new home today. Her folks met me in London. I advised them that she was a smart youngster and doing training with her would be a great idea.
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.