Tuesday morning started out well, with Sweet Tart and Luigi becoming the proud parents of five fat healthy little kits. I think they all look like charlies, but it is a bit early to say for certain.
Wednesday was quiet, but on Thursday in the wee small hours, Abby gave birth to a single broken kit on the wire of her litter box. I was in night owl mode and saw the kit, quickly popped her into the nest box with some angora fur and one of Sweet Tart's babies for a snuggle buddy. Within a few minutes Abby rejected her kit and killed it. She left Sweet Tart's baby unharmed. so I returned it to Sweetie's nest box. I was awake the rest of the night, wondering why she had rejected her own kit, when she had happily fostered others along with her own in the past. It didn't make any sense, and made for a long, sleepless night.
Late Thursday morning, Charlotte went into labor. I could tell she was having trouble and, after letting her soak in a tub of warm water, she finally delivered two kits, both stillborn. Not the happy ending I was hoping for, especially since Charlotte was so successful with her last litter. I had tried to find a pet home for her a few months ago, but no one came forward, and she wanted to be bred again, so I gave in to her desires, rather than listening to my gut which told me to retire her.
I will be listing Cookie, Charlotte and Abby for adoption to pet homes, available in a week or two. All are wonderful, sweet does and will be incredibly gentle pets. They will be listed for a reasonable fee (to make sure they are going to good homes and not used as feeder animals) and will come with one of our flat bottomed cages. These are special little girls and they will deserve only the very best of homes. If you are interested in any of them, please contact me and I will be happy to tell you about them. Although they are between 2-3 years of age, they still have a lot of living to do and will be so happy to have even more attention and playtime than they receive here.
I am going to be making some other very difficult down-sizing decisions in the days ahead. I love all of our Buns, but most of my children are gravitating toward outside activities and cleaning 30 cages without their help every day (while homeschooling and trying to keep the house up) is becoming very draining. I don't plan to do any more breeding until the older babies are sold and we downsize to a more manageable number of Buns for two people to handle. My youngest child is still very much a part of Hot Cross Buns and I couldn't do it without her help and encouragement. :)
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.