Cookie's litter was born at about 8 o'clock this morning, so she was the first to kindle out of all the girls. That little stinker had her kits on the floor of her cage in a little pile of hay and pulled fur, so I had to wait for her to finish cleaning them off and hop to her food bowl before quickly transferring them into her properly built nest in the nest box that she made only yesterday. Silly bunny. Cookie had her largest litter yet, with five babies. One of them was a stillborn peanut, but we are thrilled that she has four fat, squirmy babies with Coconut Cream.
Apple Jane built her nest on the floor of her cage, complete with pulled fur, but no babies yet. I will definitely need to move her beautiful work into the nest box. This hopefully isn't becoming a trend. I would have expected it from the new, first-time mamas (Marilla and Cake Pop) but not from the seasoned pros. We are in the midst of a cold snap, so even with the protection of being in our house, it is still too chilly for newborn kits to be without the protection and warmth provided by a hay-filled nest box, lined with mama's fur.
We hope to have more news to report later today. :)
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.