This is where you can read about our current litters of Holland lop babies and watch the kits grow. As each litter develops, 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 Babies Born December 7, 2018
Apple Jane, true to form, built her nest shortly before kindling a litter of four squirmy kits. I was surprised she didn't have a couple more, as her little tummy was very round and firm, so I was guessing five or six babies would make their appearance. For her sake, though, I am glad she has a more manageable litter size. There appear to be two solids and two brokens to enjoy. First photos will be taken on 12/11.
Sweet Tart & Matthew's Babies Born December 1, 2018
Sweet Tart kindled two beautiful, chubby kits today. I believe both are does, but one may be a buck. Color-wise, I am leaning toward sable points, but time will tell. We are so relieved that Sweet Tart had her babies safely, although she did hide them very well and we didn't even realize she had had them. LOL
12/6/2018 Update...The kits are continuing to do well and are spouting healthy streams of urine every time we check on them. LOL. They are starting to look more like blue points.
Marilla & Wee Walter's Baby Born August 13, 2018
Marilla has a healthy, thriving little Bun at long last! We are so excited by this little one's arrival. A solid blue, he/she is very well fed and pleased with life.
9/23/18 Marilla's little buck, Albert, has been showing nice type so far. Hoping to update photos very soon. He is adorable! He may be a keeper. ;)
11/12/18 I have been very remiss in taking photos of this little man. Albert has reached the beginnings of his awkward stage and we keep dithering back and forth about keeping him. Genetically, he could be very interesting, but type-wise, he isn't as wide in the head as I had hoped he would be. He may improve as he ages, but I have a feeling we may list him as a pet soon.
12/7/18 We have decided to hold on to Albert for the time being.
Batty & Joshua's Kits Born June 15, 2018
Batty again kindled on the floor of her cage and we had to pop them into the nest box for safety and warmth. The good news is that she hasn't rejected this litter, so we have chubby babies growing. The bad news is that, when cleaning up her first kit after birth, she nibbled the foot off of the blue baby. I was expecting it to die, but it is a surprisingly hearty little soul. Some research has led to stories of bunnies with one hind foot adapting very well to life, while others struggle and have poor quality of life. We will transfer Batty and her babies to a solid bottomed cage in a few days to provide the little kit the best opportunity for adapting and reassess when it learns to be more mobile before determining if he/she could be a happy special needs pet for a great home. Batty has been very loving and attentive to her kits. Color-wise, it appears she has her solid blue, a chestnut kit, and a broken chestnut.
Update...6/29/18...Although she got off to a rocky start initially, Batty has been taking wonderful care of her babies. Eyes are beginning to open and little ones are starting to climb out of the nest box. The little blue is able to flip itself over when placed on its back, and manages to hobble around pretty well. The real test is going to be waiting to see if it can manage to balance well enough to clean itself and eat its cecotropes.
Update...7/6/18...Babies are learning to hop and binky. Now is the really fun stage. Everything is new and exciting. :) I've added a new video of the kits just below their photos. Pay close attention to the little blue at the end...you can see how he walks/waddles along on his little stump of a leg like a pro. I have a stronger hope that he will be able to be matched with a person who has a heart for special needs buns. The chestnuts are very fun and love to investigate anything and everything.
Update...8/1/18...Mandy (chestnut) and Milly (broken chestnut) have been listed as Available Bunnies, although they need to stay until 8/10. We are deciding what to do with little Peggy, the blue doe with the missing hind leg. She has done very well and we all love her. Batty will become available as a pet doe after her litter is weaned.
Update...8/13/18...Although all are old enough to be weaned, we are keeping the little does with Batty a while longer. Little Peggy needs a bit more time with mama. Batty is very protective of her tripod baby and I am considering finding a home for them together, once Peggy is old enough for spaying. So far no one has expressed any interest in her, so I will leave them together for love and support. I am still working on the temperaments of Milly and Mandy. Milly is still outgoing and impish, while Mandy is more reserved, but I can't quite get a solid read on her yet. She may be an observant girl who likes to people watch. :)
Update 9/23/18...We have made the difficult decision to list Batty and Peggy today. We knew it was coming, but it was hard to actually go through with it. All three of Batty's kits are very sweet and loving. Peggy is more mellow, probably due to her inability to run away like her sisters. All three have been wonderful about being handled and picked up without much of a struggle. They will be wonderful pets for the right families. I so hope to place them soon.
11/20/18...Mandy, the solid chestnut doe, is still available to a wonderful pet-loving home. She has really come out of her shell since Milly was placed (they had shared a pen and Mandy was the cautious girl.) She is a beautiful little doe with very expressive ears. :)
Hot Cross Babies
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