We bred six does just before Christmas last month. That is a very high number for us, especially when we try to breed only three does every 4-8 weeks. Three of the six are first timers. Because if the size of Holland kits' heads, kindling is very difficult for first time mothers and the kits often get stuck in the birth canal and die. Out of those three does, we are hoping one of them may produce a living kit or two. The good news is that, after their first kindling, the does usually have a much easier time with future litters.
The other three does who were bred are:
Mango is due with her second litter any day now. She kindled five kits with her first litter, but only one survived the birth. She doesn't look very large this time, so she may not have become pregnant. Normal gestation for Hollands is 30 days. She may keep us waiting a bit longer because she kindled at 32 days last time.
Gladys has never produced a living kit and we're not very optimistic about her chances this month. This is her final breeding before we try to find a pet home for her. (I know I have said that before, but my elder daughter asked to try her once more, so we did.) She was paired with Little Boy Blue.
Babette, who is expecting her fourth litter, produced seven kits in her first kindling with us (her first two litters were with a different breeder). Sadly, we lost three of the kits to weaning enteritis, but we hope for a much happier outcome this time around. She and Joshua could produce some beautiful babies. I am comfortable saying she is pregnant, but she won't kindle for about a week as today is Day 24 of her gestation.
Please check back for the outcomes of their litters.
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.