After much prayer and consideration, we decided to offer Blueberry and Coconut's remaining tort doe to a family on our waiting list. We realized she would benefit from large spaces and all-day playtime to allow her to be the happiest bunny possible. While we knew we had plenty of love to offer, she just wouldn't be able to have as much freedom to explore as she craved. That little bundle of energy needed lots of wiggle room, literally.
Cinnabun (aka Crazy Cakes) actually sat still and lay down within minutes of meeting Kate K. She was a totally different bunny and hopped into her bunny carrier after giving it a few cautious sniffs. While we will miss her wild and rambunctious binkies and romps all around the house, she seemed to be quite happy to say goodbye and head off into the sunset to go to her new home. It was wonderful to meet Kate K. and to learn about the fur babies she has loved over the years. Thank you for opening your hearts and home to that little scamp, K. Family!
After much waiting and calendar wrangling, Leo, the adorable squirrel buck from Apple Jane and Wee Walter's litter, went to his new home yesterday. Ava D. and her dad made the two+ hour journey to pick up the sweet little guy. Ava set out to be the most well-informed new bunny owner I ever had the pleasure of meeting. We have been emailing for quite a while and she never failed to amaze me with her maturity and insight. She asked questions that made me have to stop and think. :) We know Leo will do beautifully in his new home and look forward to updates and more questions. It was great to finally meet you, Ava! Thanks for raising such a delightful daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D!
I also managed to get a few photos of Cookie's new little blue baby posted. The little one is doing really well and is growing like a weed! Eight days old already. :)
I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but that's just the kind of day it's been at Hot Cross Buns. In the wee small hours of the morning, Cookie kindled her litter. She had two stillborn babies and one little baby that is holding on.
When I got up at 7, I immediately checked on Charlotte and Gladys. Charlotte had given birth to two little babies, presumably peanuts, and both were stillborn. If they were truly peanuts, they would have only lived a few days. Gladys had given birth to two stillborn kits, as well. Her babies appeared to have been of normal size.
One living kit our of seven babies. I know breeding Holland Lops is difficult, but today just hurt my heart a lot.
I am investigating causes and effects as to why our losses have been so high. I contacted the customer service department at our beloved Sherwood pet food, asking which formula and feeding amounts to use for pregnant does. The response I received was surprising. They stated that none of the Sherwood formulas are meant for pregnant does and recommended a 50-50 mixture of Sherwood Adult combined with a different brand of rabbit pellets containing grain to increase the carbohydrate levels. I was rather flabbergasted, but believe we may already be making some progress toward having healthier litters.
We have three more litters due in early May, so hopefully by gradually changing the food pellets, we may see better outcomes next month.
Two Hot Cross Buns went home with their new families over the weekend! Elizabeth was all smiles as she met Eman Dee (the little sable point buck) for the first time. He settled right down in her arms and looked quite content to snuggle with his new friend. His quiet, stable presence will be missed in the bunny nursery, but we are so happy to have met his delightful new family.
Blueberry Muffin's little fuzzy black tort doe went home with Savannah and her dad this weekend. They looked a little surprised by how fuzzy she had become over the past week. Her throwback angora genes were definitely showing! Savannah will be spoiling Princess Cocoa with lots of love and attention. It was great to see them both again. :)
So that was the "Two Down" part of the title. The "Two Up" refers to two new bunnies we brought home almost two weeks ago. I still haven't posted pictures yet, but wanted to tell you a little about them.
Natalie came from B's Hollands, and was bred at Campo's in Washington state. She is a two year old broken opal and is the mother of our Wee Walter. She is busy settling in and will be a sweet, gentle addition to our rabbitry. We have actually been calling her Abby because we have a human friend named Natalie, which makes things a bit confusing. I guess her name is Abigail Natalie, but Abby for short. We are hoping for a litter of buns in early May.
Not quite three month old Tootsie came from Phoenix Hollands and is a lovely clean sable point doe. She has transitioned very well to her Sherwood food and is calm, but curious in demeanor. She likes to binky and frisk around in the bunny room when she "helps" me clean the cages and pens. Quite a sweet little girl.
We had not one, but two special treats today. This morning, two of the children and I were invited to visit our friends who have been taking such great care of Licorice, the classroom bunny. We spent time sharing bunny stories and answering questions, as well as doing a bunny nail clipping demonstration. Licorice still remembered us and came hopping right over for nose rubs and a snuggle. Thank you so much for inviting us back and for taking such great care of Milo, Ms. P. and your Fabulous Fifth Graders!
This evening we received a special email update from Kim A. and the last little black buck from Plum Bun and Joshua's litter. He is now named Milo and is living the life of a very pampered and well-beloved pet. He hangs out on the couch and has a wide variety of bunny-safe toys to play with. He looks a very happy boy. Thank you so much for letting us know how you and Milo are getting along, Kim!
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.