If you noticed that Matthew suddenly went missing from our Available Bunnies page, don't be alarmed; he is still here. After looking closely at his coloring, I believe he was mislabeled as a broken blue-pointed white. I have decided to hold on to him for a while longer to do a test breeding or two. Whatever color he turns out to be, he is a beautiful and fun little guy to have around. :)
in more ways than one! Skittles stole the heart of April who was given the gift of a new bunny by her sister Jessica for her birthday. These two lovely ladies were able to visit today and oohed and aahed over both Skittles and Matthew. It was such a treat to meet them both and to listen to their playful, sisterly banter as they loved on the bunnies. It was a close call, but Skittles, now named Happy, was selected. He will be introduced very slowly and carefully to his new big bunny brother, Horacio. We can't wait to hear how he settles in!
Yes, we are a couple days early in announcing the genders of Plum Bun and Luigi's babies, but we didn't want to forget to make the big announcement in the midst of all of the weekend activities.
Something must be in the water at Hot Cross Buns, because we have another predominantly buck litter. Double Dip (the fuzzy broken chestnut), Teeter Totter (broken chestnut) and Topsy Turvy (broken black) are all bucks. Chubby Checkers (broken black) is the only little girl. All of the babies in this litter are super sweet and playful. We are looking forward to watching their individual personalities emerge more fully over the next couple of weeks before they are listed.
Updated pictures of the babies are planned for Saturday or Sunday (perhaps sooner...it all depends on the weather and how motivated I am to get my other work done. LOL)
Thanks to our internet being fully functioning once again this morning, I am back to work. Yay!
In recent months, I have been contacted by more and more families who are interested in adding a second Bun to their lives. As we spend most of our day trying to keep bunnies away from each other, this is not ground with which I have much first-hand experience. While we agree that two bunnies can become wonderful companions, we had to do some reading up on the subject.
If you are interested in learning about bonding your current bunny to another bunny in the future, we added a couple of links to our Recommended Resources page. One of them is a general overview of the process and the other is a very in-depth reading with plenty of adorable bunny pictures included to keep you motivated. We hope these articles prove to be very Bun-eficial (ha ha!) to you and the special Bun(s) in your life.
If any of our readers have some wisdom in this area and would like to share additional resources, we would love to hear from you!
Snickers has been blessed with a new home, full of bunny enthusiasts. We were so happy to meet the R. Family and watch them all interact with the Buns. It was a perfect evening to sit outside under the trees while talking bunnies and watching the little ones play. Snickers will be adored by his new family and showered with love and attention. Enjoy your new bunny!
After doing a couple of pet bunny placements with our additional Pet Rabbit Placement Contract and Pet Rabbit Spay/Neuter Agreement, we decided to consolidate the two forms to make the paperwork a bit easier to handle. The content remains the same, the format is simply more straight forward.
And now, on to actual bunnies. :)
There are updated pictures of the little babies on the Hot Cross Babies Page. Plum Bun's kit, Double Dip, appears to be growing out as a fuzzy. If you are interested in having a pet fuzzy Holland, please let me know, either via email or by filling out the New Bunny Questionnaire. Fuzzies tend to be mellow and quite loving, although they do require extra grooming to remain tidy and mat-free.
Sweet Laffy Taffy is on his way home! Karen S. and her family had a beautiful little broken tort buck named Marshmallow. Sadly, Marshmallow passed away from an infection last fall. The family decided the time was right to find a new little buck to love and Laffy wriggled his way into their hearts. We hope they all have a very happy, loving life together. :)
Hot Cross Babies page for new photos of Apple Jane's kits and Plum Bun's adorable babies. We also added a video of Thimble at the very bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Over the past few days, I have been working to add new videos of the currently available baby bunnies and the ones we are retaining for now. We are planning to work with the older Buns next week and have videos of all of them available for your viewing pleasure.
Apple Jane seems to be doing ok with her large litter of babies. They all seem to be nursing adequately and keeping warm. We will post pictures as soon as they are beyond the "naked mole rat" stage. :)
Feeling like a very bad bunny mama, I kept this information pretty well under wraps. When Apple Jane's kits Gideon and Popcorn were 4 weeks old, she learned how to open her cage door. She discovered this exceptional talent one day when Wee Walter was out, zooming back and forth between bunny rooms. Walter, being Apple Jane's most ardent suitor, did not let the opportunity pass him by. As soon as we realized there were two bunnies on the loose, we separated them immediately, hoping that they hadn't had enough time to do that which bunnies of the opposite gender enjoy doing most. I prayed that, if there were any new kits on the way, all would be well and Apple Jane would stay safe and healthy. We weaned Gideon and Popcorn last week and watched Apple's tummy grow rounder and rounder. She looked like an overfilled water balloon about to pop.
Today was kindling day...six fat babies later, all seems to be well in the nest box. She has never nursed more than three kits before, so we are hoping she will be able to provide enough milk for all of her babies. I will be praying and biting my nails for the next two weeks while we see how they do. It looks like she has three solid and three broken babies...all will most likely be squirrels.
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.