I wanted to take a moment to send a big THANK YOU to the owners and operators of Hook's Holland Lops and Hickory Ridge Hollands . Diane and Wendy have been our mentors over the past year, but more importantly, they have become dear friends. I trust them whole-heartedly for advice and information and would like to take this opportunity to fully endorse them as providers of excellent bunny care information.
I haven't been as good about adding information to our website as originally intended, but you can always hop over to their websites to discover a plethora of useful bunny help, in written or video format.
Diane can be found at www.ohiohollandlops.com and she is the Bunny Video Queen. She sold us two of our lovely ladies, Plum Bun and Mango, and is wonderfully creative in producing her unique videos. If she doesn't have a YouTube video about it, it's probably not something you need to know. We have been asked why we don't make our own YouTube channel with our own informational videos. The answer is twofold. 1). Lack of time. 2.) Why reinvent the wheel when Diane has already covered it? We follow her site regularly and always share her site with our customers who may not know of her work. Thank you for all of your help and encouragement, Diane!
Wendy's website is now up and running again after her family's huge cross-country move to Arizona. www.hickoryridgehollands.com is the place to go for well-organized blog posts about all manner of bunny-care topics. While she isn't currently breeding hollands, she wanted her website to be a place full of rabbit care information that was easy to access for new bunny owners and experienced bunny owners alike. She is definitely achieving her goal. We also include Wendy's daughter L. in our thanks. L. has quite a mind for figuring out bunny genetics, and even volunteered to figure out the genotypes of all of the Hot Cross Buns so it would be easy to tell what colors each breeding pair could produce at a glance. She has a unique talent. Wendy and L. make a fabulous team and we are secretly hoping that they begin a breeding program again someday in the not too distant future. :)
Thank you so much, ladies!
Things have been hopping in the rabbitry, some good and some bad. I'll cover the bad first.
The little broken chocolate baby with the missing foot lost his battle on Sunday morning. On Friday, Tiny Tim had been zooming around, playing with his siblings. On Saturday, he seemed a little listless and out of sorts. I gave him some bunny gatorade to try to perk him up and he loved it. When I checked on him Sunday morning, he was gone. We were heartbroken. He never gained much weight and I wonder if he wasn't absorbing nutrients properly. It's so hard to know. We did our very best to help him thrive, but so little is known about bunny health and wellness that we had to trust our gut where he was concerned. There is a real need for scientific study and research into rabbit health issues. I'm trying to talk at least one of my children into becoming a vet who specializes in bunnies. A special "Thank You" to everyone who emailed and asked about the little guy, and who offered to take him into your hearts and homes. Your kindness and concern were so appreciated. Rest in peace, Tiny Tim. Your sweet presence in our home will be missed.
On a happier note, Friday morning brings the temporary return of Licorice, the classroom bunny, for the summer months. We offered to be Licorice's vacation resort while school is out, and Ms. P and her class accepted. This decision will provide some stability and peace of mind for all concerned as the original plan involved lots of house hopping. Even the sweetest of bunnies would find all of this moving around very disruptive, and since Licorice can be something of a scamp, we volunteered for this joyful responsibility. Licorice was recently neutered, so he needs a little downtime to recuperate. Our eldest son is excited to look after him again because Licorice is the son of his bunny, Cookie. We will be doing special updates for Ms. P and her great (former) students who will be moving on up to 6th grade in the fall.
Our youngest child elected to do a breeding project for 4-H this year. In order to meet the project requirements, she needs to exhibit a doe and litter of at least three kits who are 6-8 weeks old at the time of the fair. Knowing that bunnies are less likely to have successful litters during hot weather, we originally scheduled five breedings for the project. However, only three of the ladies were obliging. The other two declined politely and showed no interest in becoming mothers next month. We are hoping for at least one successful litter that will be born on July 10th or 11th. The potential parents-to-be are Blueberry Muffin and Little Boy Blue, Mango and Coconut Cream, and Apple Jane and Wee Walter. Given that this will be Mango's first litter, we believe Apple or Blueberry will be the more likely possibility.
We have exhausted our current list of approved families waiting for does on our waiting list, and still have not found the right home for little Annabelle. We updated her photos today and hope that an interested family will come forward for this gentle little girl very soon.
I took this photo of one of Plum Bun's broken black kits lounging on the castle hideout in their nighttime cage just before bedtime. Sweet dreams, little baby.
Already approved families are currently being contacted regarding Annabelle, but we only have a couple families waiting for pet quality does. If you are interested in Annabelle or another one of our upcoming kits, please fill out our New Bunny Questionnaire. We would love to get to know you and help you find the right Holland Lop to be your new family member.
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.