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
Apple Jane & Wee Walter's Kits Born May 9, 2018 This was a surprise litter, as we had no intention of breeding Apple Jane for three more months, but she had other ideas. When her third litter (Popcorn and Gideon) were four weeks old, she learned to open the door of her cage. Wee Walter happened to be out, running from room to room for some exercise and the two...ummm....did that which rabbits tend to do. Thirty days later, these six sweeties were born.
Update...5/14/2018 We wanted to share a few pictures of the litter, now that they are growing fur.
Update 5/24/18...Some more pictures of the babies taking their first peeks at the world. They are very sweet and all are doing well, which a a huge triumph for Apple Jane, based on her size and the size of her litter.
Update 6/4/2018...The babies are doing great! They are in the super-cute stage right now and every picture we take is absolutely adorable. :) Enjoy the new photos!
Plum Bun & Luigi's Kits Born April 21, 2018 Plum Bun has her smallest litter to date...four fat, sassy little kits. Initially we thought all were broken black babies, but now, at 9 days of age, we see distinctive brown markings intermingles with the black on two of the,. There are two chestnuts and two black beauties to enjoy. Plummy keeps her wee ones filled to the brim with her rich milk and we never have to worry about them not getting enough to eat. They are so chubby, they can barely move. :) The first picture below shows (from the left) the chestnuts are the first and third bunnies, and the black kits are the second and fourth.
Update 5/14/2018 The kits have been named. :) Checkers (broken black with more black across back), Double Dip (broken chestnut with two "milk dipped" ears), Topsy Turvy (broken black with less black across back), and Teeter Totter (broken chestnut with uneven ears.) New pictures are posted below.
Update 5/24/2018...New pictures are up. I normally try to use a different color background to help delineate the different photo shoots, but forgot to switch today. The big news is that Double Dip appears to be a very voluminous fuzzy. He/she is incredibly sweet and loving, as are most fuzzy hollands. The entire litter is doing very well and are playful and happy little ones. The next big update will contain the gender reveals. :)
Update 5/31/18...Gender Reveal day is a couple days earlier than normal, only because we have a super-busy weekend planned and I don't want to forget to announce it. It appears that Chubby Checkers is the only doe in the litter and she is surrounded by a very sweet, loving group of bucks.
Update 6/4/2018...Plummy's babies are growing quickly and are getting ready to be listed in a few more days. I'm still playing catch-up after a very busy week of bunny appointments, email, and 4-H functions, but hopefully they will be listed by the end of the week to find their forever homes. These kits all have very Luigi-like temperaments...sweet, loving, and adorable, with just the right amount of sass to make them endearing. :)
Apple Jane & Winston's Kits Born March 9, 2018 Apple Jane is an old pro at motherhood, as this is her third litter. She had three living kits (and one stillborn), and is her sweet, loving self with all of them. One of the kits looks a bit smaller than the others, so we are keeping close watch to make sure he/she gets a fair share of Mama's milk. In guessing at their colors, we believe she has a broken chinchilla and two possible frosties, thanks to Winston's genes. :)
Update 3/18/18 - The small kit didn't make it. :( It crawled away from its littermates during the night and must have gotten chilled.
3/26/18 Update...The kit we were hoping might be a frosty is actually a Ruby Eyed White (REW), or possibly a Black Pointed White (BPW). We were very surprised when it peeked at us with ruby eyes. LOL My daughter named the broken chinchilla "Pretzel" and the REW/BPW is being called "Popcorn". Both kits are regularly climbing out of their nest box, but we keep tucking them back in for the night. :)
3/30/18 Update Pretzel decided to sleep through part of the photo shoot. That little one is very mellow so far. Popcorn is still looking like an REW with no sign of potential points appearing. Both are very sweet and cuddly.
4/26/18 Update...Little Popcorn the doe did not enjoy today's photo shoot. She kept turning her back to the camera or running off in the opposite direction, so we just worked with what we had for her pictures (below). Little Pretzel has finally shared the news that he is a buck. We have been contemplating different names for him and my daughter is calling him "Gideon" right now, but, for whatever reason, I keep calling him "Bubba". LOL He is doing really well since we started supplementing him with goat milk. His sister is a lot bigger than he, but the little guy is making steady progress.
Cookie and Coconut Cream's Kits Born March 8, 2018 Cookie knows how to keep her little ones very well-fed. They are so roly-poly at only one week old that they can barely crawl from one spot to another. They were so well-hydrated that they absolutely saturated the little snuggle nest and blanket I crocheted for their photo shoot. It was actually dripping and soaked through to the white bed pad I put down for extra absorbency! LOL Three solid black torts and one broken tort. They are absolutely adorable.
3/26/18 Update...Cookie's kits are continuing to grow and explore their little world. They have also been given food names. The broken tort is called "S'more", and the solids are "Twix", "Snickers", and "KitKat". They are so yummy. :)
4/26/18 Update...These little loves were being bashful about their genders, so it took a few attempts to get it right. All are bucks except for one solid tort doe. Twix, Snickers, and S'more are bucks, and KitKat is a little doe. They are all looking for wonderful pet homes.
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