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
Mango & Joshua's Babies Born August 5, 2018
Mango gave birth to four kits. One was stillborn and the smallest surviving baby died two days later. We believe it was a peanut. The remaining kits are doing beautifully. She has chestnut and a solid black (we are so excited to have a solid black again, with beautiful glossy fur! It has been well over a year since one arrived in the nest boxes at Hot Cross Buns. :) )
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. :)
Tootsie & Hamlet's Kits Born June 15, 2018 Tootsie had five little kits in her litter. All were born in the nest box and Tootsie's second litter is doing well so far.
Update...6/22/2018...We took the first photos of Tootsie's babies today. I am guessing at colors, but it looks like we have a broken black tort, possibly a blue tort, a cream, and perhaps a couple of frosty babies. The only one I am definite on is the black tort since we have had those before. The rest are new to us, hence the shaky guesses. LOL Enjoy the pictures!
Update...6/29/2018...Tootsie's little ones are also squinting at the world. They are adorable. I am still scratching my head over some of the colors, but we'll figure it out eventually.
Update...7/5/2018...I had a lot of fun with this litter today. They are very playful and their antics during their photo shoot and video session kept me laughing. The new color guesses are broken black tort, blue tort, solid sable agouti, and two broken sable agouti. I am still probably off base, though. LOL
Update...8/1/18...New pictures of these cuties...finally! The only buck is Neville, the blue tort. The does are called (in order of their pictures) Molly, Lucy (broken tort), Dulcie, and Tabitha. Trying to decide colors on the other three as well as which one(s) we may be retaining.
Update 8/3/18...After consulting with our friends at Hook's Hollands, we have determined that Molly, Dulcie, and Tabitha are sable frosties, which means that Hamlet must have carried the chinchilla gene somewhere back in his lineage. This is very exciting to my elder daughter, as frosties are her favorite and she has long hoped for a little frosty doe or two. At this point we are planning to retain Tabitha and Dulcie.
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!
Update 6/21/2018...Last week's gender peek still stands. There is one solid buck, and all the rest are little does. My daughter decided to do floral names for this litter. The buck is called Clover, the solid does are Lavender and Bluebell, and the broken does are Daphne, Iris, and Violet. Although they are now 6 weeks old, they are still quite tiny, so I may hold on to them until they reach 10 weeks, depending upon how much weight they are able to put on in the next couple of weeks. Six babies are a lot for any mama to feed, but Apple Jane is tiny herself, so they may need some supplemental feeding on goat's milk to plump them up a bit. :) All of the babies are still delightfully sweet and loving.
Update 8/9/18...After much pondering and looking at photos posted by fellow breeders, we are reclassifying Lavender as a Smoke Pearl Chinchilla, rather than a squirrel. Her coloring is much, much lighter than that of a squirrel and we think we finally figured her out. :)
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. :)
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