After much hemming and hawing, we decided to list Muffin Man, Cookie and Joshua's blue buck for sale. He isn't remaining as typey as we had hoped he might, so he is being offered as a pet bunny.
New baby bunny photos have been posted on the Hot Cross Babies page. They are getting sweeter by the minute. And, wonder of wonders, Blueberry Muffin actually cooperated well enough to get some nice photos so she has her very own slide show on the Hot Cross Does page.
We met another beautiful family yesterday. Little Sky went home with Katrina and her mother Angela. We loved spending time with them and are thrilled that Katrina will have that sweet pea for her new friend. Thank you, ladies!
Since no day is really complete without some bunny-love, here's one of our new photos!
All of the newborn kits were working on opening their eyes for the first time today. I wonder what was the first thing each of them saw. Hopefully something sweet like a littermate's face or their mama's nuzzling nose.
All of the homeward bound bunnies made it to their new homes safely, for which I am very grateful. We have met such wonderful people along this bunny-loving journey. Thank you for being the kind of people we can trust to care for your bunnies as beloved members of your families. We appreciate each and every one of you! :)
We have a bittersweet day ahead of us today. The bunnies are old enough to go to their new homes. While we are very happy for their great new families who will care for them lovingly, we are sad to see them go.
Gizmo (Buck #1 from Plum Bun's litter) actually went home with his new family yesterday evening. What a nice family! It was a joy to meet them and watch Nathaniel pick his new pet and 4-H bunny. We know Gizmo is one blessed little buck!
It was very strange to watch his remaining littermates the rest of the evening. Instead of being their normal, bouncy selves, they were all very subdued, and huddled up together for comfort and solace They knew something had happened. They missed their brother and were experiencing a loss. Gizmo was the quietest of the litter, so we weren't expecting such a change in the group dynamics. But those tiny little bunnies missed his sweet, gentle presence. I have a feeling we will be cuddling some very sad babies later on as some of their other siblings go to their new homes today.
But don't worry, the babies have been hopping and playing once again this morning.
Just wanted to share some pictures I took this morning of Apple Jane's baby.
This is definitely one of the perks of my life. :)
I was able to post new pictures of all the baby bunnies on the Hot Cross Babies page this afternoon. For whatever reason, Apple Jane's kit has a greenish tint in some of the pictures. He's a very lovely silvery color in real life.
We have found some great homes for Plum Bun's little does and are getting ready for them to go to their new homes next week. Today was spent tattooing ears, so everyone goes to the right homes. It has been mind-bogglingly crazy to keep track of six solid black bunnies at the same time and not get them mixed up. The two blues are a little easier since one is much larger than the other, but still. Sharpies work ok, but they wear off surprisingly quickly. Plum Bun, if we ever breed you again, please have a little more variety in your litter!
Tomorrow will be devoted to clipping all those tiny, razor-sharp baby toenails. That's 144 nails! I think there's going to be a piece of key lime cheesecake waiting for me after that job is completed. ;)
Plum Bun has been enjoying baby-free days as we put her six babies into a separate playpen every morning so she can have a little peace, away from her energetic babies who love to bounce all over her. If ever there was a mama who needs a break, it's Plum Bun!
Blueberry Muffin has been a very devoted mother to her babies. She keeps those little bellies full of milk and hops into her nestbox frequently to make sure all is well with her little ones. It has been such a joy to watch her blossom into such a wonderful mother.
I believe Apple Jane & Wee Walter's baby is a solid squirrel. If he is anything like his daddy, he is going to be a handsome little guy.
In looking closely at Blueberry Muffin and Coconut's litter, I would have to guess that there are two black torts and a blue tort. The blue tort is the only one I'm hemming and hawing over. All look like nice, fat little babies.
It breaks my heart to see the two little peanuts. They are both alive, but barely. Each morning I expect to find them gone, and each morning they surprise me again. They seem to find great comfort in snuggling with their littermates. That cozy warmth is the only thing that makes them peaceful. At least we can make sure they have that. :(
We are pleased to announce that two of our does gave birth yesterday.
Apple Jane had her first litter in the morning. She carried five babies, but sadly four of them were stillborn. First time litters are often entirely lost, so we are thrilled she has one little baby left to care for. He will have to be a strong, determined little guy because he has no litter mates to help keep him warm. We will be watching over him very carefully. Wee Walter sired Apple Jane's litter.
Blueberry Muffin had her second litter last evening. She gave birth for the first time on Christmas Eve 2016 and both had been stillborn. We waited a few weeks before trying again. This time she had a litter of five babies. Three of them look strong and healthy, while two of them appear to be peanuts, which will, sadly, die due to genetic and developmental problems that occur in dwarf breeds. Coconut Cream is the proud papa of these little babies.
If Apple Jane's little one seems to be struggling, I will foster him to Blueberry Muffin so he will have a better chance of surviving.
After six weeks of watching them grow from tiny, helpless little creatures into healthy, happy, playful little bunnies capable of driving their mamas to distraction, it is time to start looking for wonderful homes for these little babies. We already have some great families on our waiting list and I hope to find some more very soon. If you are interested in one of our babies, or would like to be put on our list for an upcoming litter, please fill out the New Bunny Questionnaire and let us get to know you! They still need to stay with us for a couple more weeks, but we are now in the very fun matching process.
We had a couple of unexpected surprises when our friend at Diane over at Hook's Hollands double-checked bunny genders for us, (Sorry for calling you Muffin Man all this time, Sassy! We hope you enjoy your new name!) Thank you so much for your time and expertise, Diane!
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.