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!
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.
Cookie and Little Boy Blue's Kits Born July 10, 2017 One solid black doe, called D.J. Hopper One solid blue doe, called Dart We sadly had to have the blue tort put down because of a leg problem the vet said was beyond repair and we were told he would not survive the anesthesia to have the leg amputated. :( Available on or after September 4, 2017
Apple Jane & Wee Walter's kits Born July 10, 2017 Doodles - broken squirrel buck Dexter - Solid squirrel buck Dandy - Solid self blue buck (carries chin gene) Batty - Broken Squirrel doe
Babette & Winston's Kits Born July 14, 2017
Babette is weaning four healthy little kits. 1 broken sable point buck called Imp 1 frosty doe called Fritzie 1 broken black pointed white doe called Splatter, as she has a tiny splatter of color on her tail and nose. Pointed whites get more color as the temperatures get colder. 1 blue pointed white buck (whom we will be keeping.)
Hot Cross Babies
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Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops is a small-scale, family-run breeder located in Oberlin, Ohio. ARBA & HLRSC members.