Vena gave me six kits in the litter. They were all healthy and doing well when I first saw them and then she decided to sit in the nest. Based on posture I thought she was feeding them but she sat in there too long ending up with one of the six kits dying. I wasn't impressed but if I hadn't been there I would have just thought it was a weak kit that just didn't make it. So I removed the box for the day to let her get the "nestbox" sitting out of her system and she was much better this evening. Back to being the stellar mom I know her to be. :)
This young doe has had two failed litters. First had a largish kit with a smaller one. I read bred her immediately as that often helps with having more kits that are smaller. She repeated the litter size but both kits were small enough she should have been able to have them no issues.
With that in mind this young doe will be off to find a pet home. Hopefully she'll have success with that this Christmas season.
A few news articles you may or may not wish to peruse.
Teachers using rabbits to help folk understand where their food comes from.
Rabbits as food?
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-humane-association-ceos-of-major-food-organizations-animal-welfare-pioneers-and-top-chefs-go-to-capitol-hill-to-urge-americans-to-set-a-humane-table-for-the-holidays-and-support-humane-farm-practices-282632671.html ""Animal welfare is not a new concept to America's farmers and ranchers – it is a responsibility they have taken seriously for centuries," said Smith. "But recognizing our society is now three to four generations removed from the farm and wants to know more about where their food comes from and how it's produced, the animal agriculture community recognized the need to demonstrate their care and commitment to their animals in a more concrete way. It's important to recognize that farm animal welfare is complex because how farm animals are raised impacts other important factors, such as food safety, the environment and costs, as well. It's not in the animals' – or the farmers' – best interest to make decisions about housing or space based on emotion, but rather on science and with a full understanding of how any change will impact these other important issues. That's why the Alliance has long advocated that science-based animal care programs be implemented on farms and ranches of all sizes and types – because it's the right thing to do for the animals and the best thing to provide consumers the assurances they need."
http://tacade.com/health-benefits-rabbit-meat/ found it very interesting in this article where it says that the rabbit meat is very good for those undergoing chemotherapy
"Birgit Kositzke, who raises the rabbits, described the meat as “gentlemen’s food” for gourmet palates. Her booth featured rack of rabbit and rabbit legs for sale, and she made a point to emphasise that the animals are raised ethically."
Animal Abuse? Animal Welfare?
http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_27050767/eddy-county-animal-ordinance-be-voted. So dogs can't be tired safely in a yard or out front a business while nipping in for a quick purchase? No animals can be sold where there is a public road?
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/new-york-ag-puts-bite-puppy-mills-blog-entry-1.2008065 “New Yorkers value their pets as companions and are entitled to know that they came from sources that treated them in a safe and healthy manner. By working with municipalities, we will help ensure that New Yorkers can be confident that their cats and dogs are healthy when they purchase them and that they were raised in a safe place.”
Caring for your rabbits
this young lass off Mousewhisker by Camden is off to her own home. Born October 17, she was nick-named fluffy by my son since she was a solo kit and quite fluffy. :) Her mom did a good job caring for her.
Seven kits born, a much better litter than the first one. :)
Made a lovely nest as well.
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After a bit of a mix-up... when one brother was mistaken for another and then figured out, this solid tort boy is off to a new home. :) He's a boy off Carina and Rizzo born on October 3, 2014.
My tiny cage climber girlie is off to her new home today. I swear this girlie will grow up to be full of life and vim and just drive her new person round the bend with her antics...unless she settles to be a calm quiet girlie like her momma.
This little girl is an October 3 daughter off Carina x Camden. Her ears should lop as she matures. She's a funny little lass and should give her new owner a great deal of joy. :)
11 kits born to this duo. Good sized litter. Have to see how Poppet manages a litter of this size.
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Eight solid and broken chestnut kits born to this duo. A much better litter than the first go round. :) would have liked to have some red kits, but chestnut works for me. :) As long as they grow well and remain healthy is what matters in the end.
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Ah, I need to update this stubborn minded doe picture.
Determined she was to build a nest on the wire, when I kept putting in the nestbo she'd throw a fit. SO I let her kindle in her corner, then after she settled (watchful girl she is) I moved the nest with four kits into a shallow open topped nestbox and secured it with TWO other nestboxes so she can't flip it. She finally settled and has seemed to accept the kits being in a box. :) Perhaps down the road I'll get them into a proper nestbox.
Four kits born.
Camden is dad.
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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.