After two months of sorrow in our breeding endeavors, we are having a time of great joy!
Abby had three little roly-poly babies in her nest box first thing Saturday morning. They look to be two broken opals and a solid squirrel. All are normal and healthy.
In the mid-afternoon, my youngest child shrieked loudly enough to rattle the windows. Her beloved Plum Bun delivered a whopper of a litter. She has eight babies, all with a broken pattern, so that means Luigi is definitely a Charlie. There are possibly some dilute babies in there, but time will tell.
And just a short time ago, Sweet Tart delivered her first litter. These proceedings occurred with a minimum of fuss and muss while I was folding laundry in the bunny room. She started pulling fur, lined her nest box neatly, set to work on having her babies, cleaned them up, and hopped back out to enjoy a nice meal before giving herself a good face-washing and settling down for a nap. All of this happened within 20 minutes. She has three healthy little ones to care for. I'm not quite sure about colors yet because I was keeping the lighting in the room dim so as not to disturb her. I will take a closer look tomorrow.
Because of the size of Plummy's litter, we decided to foster two of her kits to Abby, who has experience with large litters of her own. We so appreciate all of our friends who have been praying for things to go well for our little rabbitry. God certainly answered them with great abundance.
Just for fun, here's a picture of Plum Bun's litter:
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.