not sure yet if magpie or japanese in colouring.
Sold to a 4H Pet Home, mom wanted a rabbit for herself, daughter wanted a mini rex, dad said get both. :)
Eight kits born to this quiet doe this morning.
She had them during morning chores.
Watch Me Grow
Part of a litter of 10. This was a very hoppy litter. Spots and Lisa tend to produce very hoppy kits. In the summer great, in the winter...not so great, easy for kits to get too cold and freeze. This kit survived the hoppies!!!!!!
She's a little doe and quite a plucky lass.
The unfortunate reality of raising any kind of livestock is that some mom's will do a better job than other moms.
This of course leaves the owner in a quandry at times. Particularly if the better mom has lesser quality kits then the poorer mom. Do you foster? Do you let nature take it's course? Do you supplement?
In my rabbitry my choice is to swap out kits however I have need to do so.
I have two harlequin does in my rabbitry who are STELLAR mother. Rarely losing kits, caring for them well, no sick kits. Just healthy happy babies. EXACTLY what you want in a momma rabbit.
I've had some does kindle over the past few days.
Pinny...raises three well. (holland lop)
Oreo....raises up to four well. (polish)
DJ .... big mini rex doe, doing an excellent job as a first time mom
Marie ... Holland lop doe doing a good job as a first time mom.
KNOWING that Oreo and Pinny sometimes struggle in their roles as momma's I did some litter switching.
Marie's kits went to Lisa along with a couple from DJ.
DJ got Lisa's kits.
Pinny got two of DJ's and one from Splash.
Oreo got three from DJ.
Marie got Oreo and Pinny's kits.
This should hopefully result in a bunch of healthy happy kits in five - six weeks time.
And DJ who is now raising Lisa's kits will be able to go to her new home sooner as her litter just jumped 10 days older. :) Should make her new people happy. :)
10 kits born early in the morning of January 23, 2013. I was surprised at such a large litter for Lisa. We'll have to see how she goes with them. I'll take a better look at them when it's lighter outside.
Lisa is a very quiet doe. Easy to work with.
Spots (above) in conjunction with Lisa, produce seven kits this afternoon.
Lisa is a very quiet, calm doe. Spots is a solid nice buck.
I expect their kits to be much the same.
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.