Miss Boo – a California-New Zealand mix rabbit
Penny and Boo had their baby bunnies over the weekend and I’m happy to say that they have taken to motherhood like old pros. Penny had 7 but 2 did not make it. Boo had 6 and all are fine. Alot of people say that you should expect a rabbit to lose their first litter because they don’t know what to do but I haven’t found that to be true. Now I’m not saying that it never ever happens – of course it does. But usually instinct kicks in and everything is fine.
Penny making sure I put everything back the way it was.
There isn’t a whole lot for me to do right now other than make sure the mamas have enough food and water. They do all the work – and they don’t even do that much! Typically a rabbit will only nurse it’s young once or twice a day. That’s all they need. They don’t sit on the nest like a hen would, they don’t pay much attention to them at all. I check the box a couple times a day to make sure the babies have been fed – it’s easy to tell because their tummies will look like they swallowed a grape. I like to handle them right from the first day as it is my opinion that it makes them friendlier. My mother rabbits are all easy going and don’t mind if I mess around with the babies and they usually just keep an eye on me and then fix up the nest they way they like it once I put the babies back. And this is just how I operate, but I will not have a mama rabbit that gets nervous or aggressive about me messing with the nest. I just will not.
Penny’s 5 kits.
So now we just wait for the kits to grow fur and open their eyes and get cute. In about 10 – 14 days they will be out of the nest and popping around like little ping pong balls.
Boo’s 6 kits. Pink skin color means they will be white rabbits.