I hate sharing bad news, but since I am trying to chronicle the ups and downs in our rabbitry, I want to keep a record of the good, the bad, and the ugly. This information definitely falls into the ugly category. Due to tragic circumstances that we are still trying to piece together, Plummy and Luigi's litter was entirely lost.
Last week, one of our kids let Plum Bun out of her cage for some exercise and accidentally left her cage door open. Our cat, Moose Tracks, found her way into the cage and did what cats do. We lost two kits that day, but the remaining three were unharmed. Plummy continued to care well for the surviving babies. I was just getting ready to announce their colors and post more pictures when tragedy struck again. This time the cage door was shut, Plummy remained in her cage, but there was obviously some sort of kerfuffle because there was nest bedding on the floor, signs of an unfortunate end several feet away from the cage, and two badly injured kits in the nest box. We can't figure out what happened, but the remaining kits passed away from their injuries shortly thereafter.
Going forward, we are setting up a nursery room for does with young litters to avoid any opportunity of reoccurrence.
The cat in question is a stray kitty we found at a 4-H meeting several months ago. She was very outspoken in her desire to come home with us, so we decided to do the kind thing and take her in. She was thoroughly examined by our vet, given a very clean bill of health, and has become our highly effective pest control kitty. She, unfortunately, still needs to learn the difference between pests and pets. :( Bunnies are not fair game, Moose Tracks.
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.