After all of the sorrowful/challenging experiences I shared yesterday, there is sunshine to share today. Last night, out of sheer desperation, I put Plum Bun into a nest box with Batty's two remaining kits. Not only did she nurse them, she started grooming them and loving on them as well. They fell asleep with chubby, round bellies. :) At that point I hemmed and hawed over what to do next. Plummy's four kits are enormous in comparison to Batty's wee babies and I knew they would not stand a chance survival if I put them in the same nest box. I thought about keeping them in a separate cage and taking Plum Bun for morning and evening visits to feed them, but quickly realized they would need more interaction when they get older. Keeping them with Batty was not an option because she might not have taken too kindly to the scent of a different doe on her babies. The only logical option seemed to be to keep them in their own nest box placed next to Plum Bun's box, and hope that she visits both regularly.
I checked them this morning, and she had not yet fed them, but she had fed her own babies. I will check again at 10 am and see if there is any change. If not, I will just hold her gently in the other box so the babies can have a snack. That's what I did last night and her maternal instincts took over. She was quite protective of them this morning when I checked on them, so that was a very encouraging sign.
Amy is the Big Bunny at the Hot Cross Buns Holland Lop Rabbitry. She manages the furry bunnies as well as her own brood of five kits, with the help of her incredibly patient husband of nineteen years. Hot Cross Hoppenings will be a journal of our adventures in Holland Lop life.