As many of you know, my younger daughter is doing a breeding project for 4-H this year. To be exhibited at the fair, the doe needs to have a litter of three kits that are 6-8 weeks old when the fair begins. Due to our poor litter outcomes earlier this year, she decided to err on the side of caution and bred five rabbits. These are the results.
Cookie had three healthy kits. All are doing well.
Apple Jane had five living babies. She wasn't producing enough milk, so two are being fostered.
Blueberry Muffin had two babies, but one was a peanut and died shortly after birth, She is fostering two of Apple Jane's kits.
Mango had five kits, but only one lived. We are happy she has one little kit to care for in her first litter.
Babette was the surprise mama. We didn't think she would be able to have kits due to some health issues expressed by her previous owner, but she had seven fat, pink babies squirming in her nest box yesterday afternoon. We will be observing this litter closely to be sure Babette's milk supply can handle such a large litter. If she can't, we will foster a couple babies to Mango.
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.