These two kids are heading out west. Nice little girls. They are off MistyFoot and Diablo.
Nice to have people take the time to listen to how to take care of bunnies. :)
This tiny doe had a completely different litter than last time. Originally bred her to Baccia and she had a litter of predominately peanuts, one runt and one normal kit. This litter she has five kits...four look big and normal, and one peanut. Much more pleased this time around.
REALLY hoping her temperament improves with actually raising a litter. This doe is so cage protective she's on my short list of rabbits to be removed from the herd. She's such a pretty doe though....it's a shame.
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The guinea pig pregnancy duration is long - approximately 59- 72 days (the average is 65 days) - the duration decreases with litter size (i.e. the smaller the litter, the longer the pregnancy). The mean length of pregnancy for a litter of 1 guinea pig is 70 days; for a litter of 6 guinea pigs its 67 days. This is a written statement I found here.
I have found through personal experience the distance between litters can be as little at 62 days and as long as 2.5 months. Depends on the boar and sow involved and the size of the litter. Smaller litters are shorter in duration and the pups are significantly weaker. Larger litters are longer in duration and the pups are significantly stronger. The difference is very obvious in the litters born most recently around here. :) It will be fun watching them grow.
Some information the video didn't provide:
Pregnant guinea pigs have to be handled VERY carefully. You can't just pick them up. You MUST fully support their bellies.
A healthy female will need NO intervention. They will do just fine managing themselves. If you have a feeder up off the floor it is advised to put the food bowl on the base of their housing. This makes it easier for the female to eat without having to lug her big belly around.
Common litter size is 3-4. Often one pup will be born dead, particularly with first time moms or with litters with lots of pups. Sows with more than six pups in the litter often need medical intervention to survive.
Having a wide feed bowl is vital with larger litters as the bigger pups will push the smaller ones out of the way unless the smaller ones are quite feisty.
If you run a herd and have the sows pup at the same time, they will help raise each others' pups. Having a wise experienced older sow in the herd is often an aid in raising pups well. Even if she isn't having young any more she'll often assist in keeping pups warm and bundled together in the herd. This is especially important with larger litters. It's easy for mom to miss one, but an experienced sow will simply gather them in.
Things to be alert to
Six pups born to this experienced sow. One was DOA but the rest seem to be healthy at this point, one pup being a bit weaker.. but it may have been the last one born
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I am not entirely sure on the date these pups were born. Summer kept the pups hidden in my ceramic tunnel until one day they popped out and OH! Who are you from? They are two bigger pups. I'm guessing on the 21st as a birth date. Mostly white. The one made me think of SpottedNose.
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DaisyHawk's daughter and son into pet homes, travelling to bigger cities.
Eureka's creamy daughter off to the pet store.
It was nice meeting you over the weekend. Here are a couple of photos. Our rabbits seem to be doing well and are getting the hang of the litter box!
We named them Tortoise (in part after the colour) and Celexa (an anti depressant - B and I both work in mental health). We handle them often and gently so they get used to us. The startle response seems to be gone too.
They are bringing many more smiles to our day.
We hope they stay healthy. Thank you for our first pets as a couple.
Look at the lovely size of the cage. Looks great doesn't it? :)
These two dwarf bunnies are off to the pet store, off BranchNook and Diablo from Oct. 26, 2015.
These two December girls off Eureka and Creamsicile off to a home in London.
DaisyHawk and Bacci boy from Nov 16 off to a home up in Toronto.
So all the articles and videos etc that I've been putting on my blog i am putting links to in an articles section in my sidebar. Trying to make it easier for people (including myself) to find posts on particular topics.
You can find it here.
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.