Kits (baby bunnies)

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We have all heard about things, “”multiplying like bunnies”  One of our friends recently had quite a shock.  When the family came home one evening, a check of the Rabbitry revealed ten (yes, 10) kits in a cage with a doe that had NOT been bred!  The kits, without a nest, didn’t have much of a chance, but due to some fast thinking on the part of our friends, three survived and are healthy, fat, and happy kits.  A little investigation and recall of a recent time when the cages were rearranged for cleaning determined how and when the breeding occurred. The bunnies literally were amorous through the adjoining cage wire.  So, a word of caution.  Keep your cages sufficiently separated so as to avoid any Forbidden Love episodes in your Rabbitry.  By the way, the doe is fine and doing a great job with her kits.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Dinah’s kits are growing up!  They have been taking turns getting out (and back in) the nest box.  Today, all four were not only out of the nest box at the same time but all four were together in Dinah’s food dish.  For some reason, all our baby bunnies have done this, and not just to eat.  So, we removed the nest box from the cage and the kits are on their own (sort of).  Actually, they will be bugging Dinah for a few days but also adding food pellets to the hay they are already nibbling on.  It won’t be long before we have to add a second food dish and water bottle.  Babies will be available to go to new homes in early October.

Silly Bunnies, Part 2.

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Dinah’s kits have opened their eyes.  Both of the white bunnies have the pink eyes of the Germans.  One of them is getting very frisky, and this morning he/she was making an effort to get out of the next box.  It won’t be long now.  The two colored kits are very much like their dam and grand-dam in terms of their coloring.  They are essentially brown but with some black and gray mixed in.  They too are getting frisky like their white sibling.  So cute!

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The rabbitry is getting crowded!  In May Ruth give us five pure-bred German Angora kits.  One has already gone to her new home, and she is doing well there.  Her owner is very happy.  We have three remaining bunnies, two of which we plan to keep, leaving one doe available immediately.  Either Joana or Susanna is ready to go to a new home.

In July, Dinah finally had a litter of four.  Dinah is a German-French cross with browns, beige and some black coloring.  We bred her with on of our purebred Germans and the result; (drum-roll please) are two “blacks” and two whites.  Their eyes are not open yet so we don’t know if the eyes on the whites are pink or something else (like blue?).  One of these kits is already spoken for, and we plan to keep one or perhaps two, but at least one will be available in early October.

We also have more mature German bunnies (less than two years old) available.

We welcome visitors to our Rabbitry; just give us a jingle to be sure we will be home.

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Kits all in a row.

Abi and Samuel produced another great litter of kits in May, and they are now available to go to new homes, whether to breeders or those seeking a “fiber pet.”

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