Welcome to the Hot Cross Babies page! This is the place where you can read about our current litters and watch the babies grow in stages. As each litter grows up, most of the kits will be listed on our Available Bunnies page, with the occasional bunny being kept to help establish our own breeding line. Click on the pictures to enlarge them for more detail. :)
Hot Cross Babies
After a heartbreaking March and April, with only one living kit out of five pairings, we are hoping May will bring some happy news to our nest boxes. We have set up some new food trials for our pregnant does and are praying that this change will make a big difference to the outcomes of our litters. Please stay tuned!
UPDATE: Keep scrolling down for the results of our most recent litters, which are, most blessedly, happy ones!
Abby & Wee Walter's Kits Born May 6, 2017 Abby's first litter at Hot Cross Buns was born in the early morning. There are three kits, two brokens (probably opal or squirrel) and a solid of yet undetermined color. I originally pegged it as a squirrel, but am uncertain after giving it a look today. A week or two of fur growth should tell us All the babies are fat and healthy.
UPDATE: Abby is fostering two of Plum Bun's kits from her enormous litter of eight. Plummy's babies are the two we believe are broken orange. Abby's appear to be a solid blue and two broken opals. Since we suspect Wee Walter is a false dwarf (discovered after we bred them, of course!), her three kits will all be false dwarfs, and will weight 4-6 pounds when fully grown.
Updated update 1: It now appears that the two kits Abby is fostering for Plum Bun are actually broken tort babies rather than the orange we previously thought.
UPDATE 2: The solid blue is being called "Hip", the broken squirrel is "Hop", and the broken opal is "Bubbles." Bubbles is the darker of the two with the wider stripe on the back. I think they were looking for their fostered littermates, but we took their pictures with the rest of Plum Bun's babies.
UPDATE 3: These little ones are all doing incredibly well, Abby is an incredible mother. Her babies are all playful and inquisitive.
June 16, 2017 - Abby's kits are now 6 weeks old. They are growing so quickly! All three are little doe girls.
Plum Bun and Hook's Luigi's Kits Born May 6, 2017 Hook's Luigi is the proud sire of Plum Bun's whopping litter of eight healthy broken kits. This means that Luigi is, in fact, a Charlie buck and anytime he is bred to a solid colored doe, all of the kits will be broken patterned. A huge thanks to Hook's Hollands for allowing us the honor of having Luigi sire this beautiful litter. Plummy is doing great, although she breathed a huge sigh of relief when I told her we would foster two of the kits with Abby, so she would only have six to nurse. We know she can handle six kits, because she did a fabulous job with her first litter of six. We thought eight hungry mouths to feed would be asking a bit too much. (Abby is up to the task of caring for five kits, as she reportedly has had some larger litters of her own.)
We will be watching Plum Bun and her litter very closely to make certain all is well with the kits and that they are receiving enough milk each day.
UPDATE: Plummy's kits are doing great! They all have enormously fat bellies, and spurt fountains of bunny pee every time we pick them up to check on them. They are definitely well-hydrated. :) As for colors, it looks like there are three broken black, two broken chestnut/seal (waiting to see on those little guys), and a broken orange or possibly cream or tort that's being slow about revealing itself. In addition, Abby is fostering her two broken tort babies.
We put the two broken torts back in with their original littermates for this photo shoot. The close-up is of one of them, just to show the grey and brown shades coming in to the face and ears, which make it a tort rather than orange. We still aren't sure what the other kit orange-ish kit is. Mystery Bunny remains a mystery. All are doing very well and have nice full tummies. Their eyes are opening and they are climbing out of the nest box.
Update #3: Plum Bun's kits are all thriving. They have been given names (click on the pictures for a who's who in her litter).
6/5/2017 It looks like little Toffee is going to be a fuzzy, so a home with someone who doesn't mind brushing and combing fluffy bunny fur will be a huge priority when it come time to find the right home for him/her.
6/16/2017 New pictures of adorable bunny loves. Five does and three bucks. We are going to grow Half 'stache, Spot, and Pancake out a bit longer before deciding which ones will be available for sale. The others will be offered to families waiting for pet bunnies soon.
Sweet Tart and Coconut Cream's Kits Born May 6, 2017 Sweet Tart squeaked in under the wire and delivered her three lovely broken kits around 11;30 pm. She was so calm about the whole process, you never would have guessed this was her first litter. As both parents are broken patterned hollands, it is possible that here is a Charlie in the litter, but I believe all are brokens. All three look wonderful and we are so happy that Sweet Tart's first litter has a happy ending...or beginning as the case may be. :)
UPDATE: Sweet Tart's little trio of broken sable points are all doing very nicely. They look so similar to each other that it's difficult to differentiate between them. We just know they are healthy and well-cared for. Sweet Tart is a wonderful little mama.
UPDATE 2: Sweet Tart must have just fed these little guys, because they were too fat and sleepy to do anything but lie in whatever position we placed them in and snooze away.
Update #3: These little sweeties have been given names. Cream Puff, Pastry, and Turnover. They will each receive their own row of pictures and their names will be visible if you click on each picture. We used a sharpie to write their initial in their ears.
6/16/2017 Sweet Tart's babies are now six weeks old. Two does and one little buck. We may hold on to Pastry and Turnover a bit longer, but Cream Puff will be available in a couple weeks for a pet home.
Charlotte and Joshua's Kits Born May 16, 2017 After months of trying, Charlotte finally had a healthy litter. She kindled seven kits, in total, but two were stillborn. Of the remaining five, three are solid chocolates, and two are broken chocolate.
UPDATE 1: After three days, we noticed that the two brokens weren't getting enough milk, so we decided to try fostering them to Gladys. Gladys had just lost her litter (two very large stillborn kits) and she would not eat. She just sat in her nest box, looking very sad and depressed. Five minutes after we put the kits under her, she started eating like starving bunny. While they are still very small compared to the solid chocolates, their tummies are full and Gladys had a new spring in her step. :)
UPDATE #2: After the last pictures were taken, I noticed one of the broken kits has something wrong with its right hind foot. I don't know if it is a birth defect, if one of the mama bunnies chewed it while cleaning it, or if it was broken during a mama bunny hop in or out of the nest box. I will be watching it closely over the next 48 hours. If it was chewed, there is a high possibility of infection setting in. The future for a bunny with a hurt hind leg is rather bleak, but some research needs to be done before any decisions are made. I just wanted to make note of the injury in case the little one doesn't make it. Poor little baby.
UPDATE #3: The broken chocolate babies are still alive, but I took them from Gladys this morning. It looked like she wasn't caring for them (scraggly fur) and she was possibly nipping them (little bloody spots on their tummies). I will keep them separated from all the does and have Plum Bun and Abby each feed them once a day. It looks like Gladys chewed a toe off of the healthy baby so that was really upsetting. The footless baby is still holding its own and is trying to get around. I will wash them daily and put antiseptic on their wounds. We will love on them and spend time with them, but beyond that, it's in God's hands. They are fighters, though. We have already been contacted by one kind soul who is willing to care for the footless one if he pulls through having his foot amputated. I will try to post pictures of the brokens later this week. As you can see, the solid chocolates are doing very well. Their eyes are just beginning to open and they are managing to find their way out of the nestbox.
June 17, 2017 - The little footless baby passed away, so there are now only four kits in Charlotte's litter. Genders are still unknown, but we will be peeking in another week or two. They are very attentive to each other and still snuggle close together, despite the heat.
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