This silly girl pulled an extra nest of fur this morning leaving me all excited, only to discover an empty nest of fur. What a bummer.
Later in the day she decided to surprise me with a litter of seven. Five normal, one small and one hinting at the double dwarf gene. Time will tell. Hopefully this litter will contain a kit I want to hold back.
I think Alice, rescue NZ doe number 1, will learn to trust me. It will just take some time. Protective pregnancy hormones seem to have abated. A litter of 13 with 2 dead. 11 kits are now in a nestbox.
Alice decided that making a nest in the space between the nestbox and the cage wall would be a great idea. Would have been had she built a better nest, but babies were coming through the wire. We convinced her to come out and confined her safely away while I pulled out babies scattered all over the cage bottom and on the grass.
Now to see if she will care for them well. The Lord willing, she will! 11 is a good number for her to care for, easier than 13.
Watch me grow
This May 21 boy off Spice and Calypso has moved into his new home. A sweet youngster who captivated the eyes (and hearts) of three young ladies.
He left in a cage, lots of excitement and a calm demeanour. :)
Driving home today after picking up some needed items a phone call. We've lost our bunny and our youngest is distraught, do you have any?
Four hours later when life permitted, Miss girlie here went to her new home. She's a calm gentle lass who has inherited her momma's intelligence and her dad's calmness. A sweet soft touch who should mature into a doe with a curious nature, a love of head pets on her own terms, and a good spirit.
Speck and Band. May 21st youngster.
A Band and Speck kit from May 21st, this little girl is too smart for her own good. First to the cage door to greet me in the morning, and quickest to notice when I'm doing things. She's less bothered by heat then any others in her litter. I'm sure she'll shine in her new home.
This little fellow's owner had a bunny from me a few years back who recently passed away. After saying good-bye to him, they discovered it was time for a new bunny.
He's a May 21 boy from Speck and Band.
Update from his people
From his owner: "He’s been running around, jumping, and exploring since he got home. We named him (Super) Mario because of his little moustache. He’s definitely a spunky little guy, he was not shy or scared at all. Both him and Harris (the little guy before him) have been such sweet additions to our home.
Thank you so much. "
Isn't his name fantastic? I love the name, suits him to a "T"
A lovely family came up today from either Brantford or Brampton, I always mix up the names. They were interested in this lovely girl from Spice.
She was honestly a little young to leave home, but only by four days, and the people were really PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, and she's a great healthy youngster and I used to sell kits younger. :) So off she went.
Born June 3 to Spice and Calypso, I hope they might turn their daughter's heart to showing in youth classes. Time will tell. :)
These two kiddos joined a home from a lady who purchased bunnnies earlier from me this year. Should be interesting to see how the bunnies all turn out wouldn't it be?
These two are off Speck and Band born May 21.
So I saw an ad on kijiji about some meat rabbits looking for a new home. Called the guy. Appears the neighbour is making a stink about him having rabbits. Tell me he has 7 rabbits, give me a deal if I take them all.
I show up... NINE!!! rabbits. Kept in dark cages, though with plenty of room to move around.
He's had them a year with a couple of litters here and so there are two young ones. They all left with me... three pregnant does, three open, two bucks and a young doe.
Most are New Zealand, a couple look like they have something else in them. One due next week, one due the week after, and one in three weeks. So those three will have kits while in quarantine. (maybe)
One buck and two does went to a young man who has been wanting to get into rabbits and just having a tough time getting any. So he's getting a boost.
The rest came home.
Below the young buck and doe. I would have liked to keep them separate but I hadn't anticipated these two.
The "i'm due in a week" doe I dropped into Marilyn's old cage. This doe has a WHOLE WHACK of attitude so she won't be staying any longer than necessary.
Part of that might be due to the rough handling they received from their previous owner. Moving them out we had rabbits screaming in fear. I wish he had just let me retrieve them so their first introduction to me wouldn't have been one of absolute terror.
Doe due beginning August is my "I don't know what to do with it cage". She has a small injury on her nose, not sure from where. She is actually (other than the nose thing) the prettiest of all the rabbits. Hopefully kits will result.
Doe due in two weeks is in the isolation cage. Hopefully I didn't mess them up but I'm pretty sure I have them straight.
The doe that's going off for cat food (most likely) is in a ratty cage he gave me along for transport. She's ugly, has had a failed litter, and doesn't keep herself very clean. She's tucked away under the isolation cage. She's a bit of a wild child, again this might be handling issues. But the other stuff going on, she's not worth keeping. She did dive into the food as soon as I gave her some. I do wonder how much he fed them, there was no feed in any of the cages.
Next Day Update
So I ended up culling the buck, he had ear mites, which yes, I know is easily treatable, but he had this odd sound to his lungs as well. Upon death I discovered an odd lung.
The young doe I simply had no room for, and I didn't like having her in the dog kennel. So she joined the young male. She turned out to, at about 2.5 months old, to be about 1 week pregnant. I know accidents happen but she would have simply been too young to have littles.
The doe in the small cage has been culled as well. She was a very fearful girl and I was told had two failed litters. Oddly enough, she only had one kidney.
The pretty girl has shown the most resilience. She's cleaning up all her food and seems to be more curious about her new living situation than anything else.
The grumpy girl continues to be wildly grumpy. I've given her a nestbox and she's doing some nesting behaviours so perhaps we'll get kits from her. She's not eating particularly well and is very frightened.
The girlie in the isolation cage is afraid but not bounce around the cage afraid, I think with time she'll come around.
HUGE nest made, so much fur pulled over the last five days that I put some in the extra fur bin. Six kits snuggled in a cozy hole.
Watch Me Grow
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.