This is a rundown of what has been going on around here this week. We started off with Penny – our black New Zealand – having a spectacular 9 healthy kits Monday morning. Then Ellie May – our broken red New Zealand- followed with 6 lovely little reds. Boo – a Californian/New Zealand cross had a smaller litter coming in with 5. And last but not least, first-timer Princess Buttercup – a Satin – had a whopping 10! That’s a count of 30 kits!
One of the best reasons to breed so many rabbits all at once is specifically in case of large litters. Rabbits will usually take on kits that are now their own as long as they are all relatively the same age/size. It worked out really well that Boo had only 5 because I was able to take a couple of the Satins and foster them to her. This way Princess Buttercup won’t have such a demand for feeding and all the kits are more likely to survive.
Some rabbits do just fine with large litters – Penny is great with big litters and Ellie May had 11 her first time and also did well. But if there is an opportunity to foster some out to other mamas, I will do it.
This time around the weather is very warm so I’m now concerned that the kits don’t get to hot. The mamas do a great job at uncovering them during the day and the babies also tend to spread out more. I just check a few times a day to make sure nobody is overheated.
Now we have a great selection to choose from for 4-H this year! Lots of color and pattern. The pink ones will actually turn white once their fur starts growing.
Here they are! (it’s hard to take photos of baby rabbits – they move around alot)
and the Mama Rabbits need some credit: