This handsome dude found himself a home this week. Born on Aug 10 to Speck by Calypso. He's the biggest of the litter and a confident lad. Part of a litter of seven.
July 30 boy off Flower and Calypso. Off to a Komoka home.
A serious natured lad I hope he does well in his new home.
Speck and Calypso boy, born Aug 10. This lad is the smallest of the litter of seven. Little birthday girl kept pointing to him and saying "BUNNY!". My guess is little chestnut has earned the name Bunny! :)
These two girls off to a new home this morning. Speck and Calypso, born August 10. #3 takes after dad in personality, very calm and quiet. Number 5 takes after mom and is into EVERYTHING. She's a nice bun and is confident in herself.
I originally told the buyers they were from two different moms, but I had 3 confused with another girlie.
This young lady made her way into her new home today. A great New Zealand White.
She's off Aria and Bert, born on July 30, 2020.
I traded her for a younger doe from this young man. I wanted to give him a leg up with his rabbits.
This young lady has always been a nose licker, eager to greet, easy to handle. Just a marvellous young rabbit. She found a home today in London.
Her mom came to me as a rescue, and bred. She was part of the ensuing litter of 10.
Off Aria and Bert, Born on July 30, 2020. She'll be a bigger girl at maturity. A calm easy-going lass if her new people raise her well.
This little girl off Flower and Calypso was born on July 30, 2020. A beautiful little girl with tons of spunk. She'll be a great addition to three young men living together for their college years. She'll be living the pet life in London.
Recently one of my young does had a failed litter. Sparrow is a bit of a skittery doe, an anomaly in my herd, but sometimes skittery does settle down once they have a litter. She failed rather spectacularly which is always sad to see.
But with every sad thing in a rabbitry there are things to learn. Today I thought I'd talk about some of the pros and cons of a dead litter.
Positives of a dead litter
1. Gives you another chance to evaluate the doe. Why did she have a dead litter? Did you miss a genetic issue? Is she simply too narrow to give birth to live kits? Is it just "stupid first time doe syndrome"?
2. Your doe is still alive. That means you can try again with a different buck!
3. It shows that your doe is not sterile. Again, means you can try again.
4. Dead kits can be turned into food as long as they haven't gone bad. Donate to a raptor rescue, sell to a reptile guy, feed them to your furry companions, or use them for compost. Don't just toss them in your garbage.
5. It's just one month down the tubes. The doe can be rebred, or sold, or culled depending on your opinion of her long-term prognosis.
6. Gives you an opportunity to examine kits closely to see if there are any genetic abnormalities.
Negatives of a dead litter
1. You have a dead litter. Hopefully your doe is undamaged.
2. If your doe passed away as well, do a necropsy to see if you can figure out why. Use the knowledge you gain to improve your rabbitry.
3. No kits to enjoy and care for.
4. It is horrible to find a dead litter. Even though I know it's part of raising animals, and that sometimes youngsters don't make it, it still is horrible.
Have I missed anything?
These points are all I could think of, can you think of anything I have missed?
Litter of two, DOA. Had them on the wire, pulled fur but overall really had no clue. First time litter for this skittery doe.
Sometimes you write down breeding dates even if you don't see a connection happen. Sometimes it pans out. Oscar who seemed a fairly useless buck (one testicle, and no action despite a lack of trying) ended up not being so useless.
Step had a litter of seven kits!
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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.