Hot Cross Hoppenings
After six long months of waiting, beautiful Fritzie (now named Ricky) has been blessed with a very special home. The S. Family came from eastern Ohio to meet her and fell in love with her gentle, cuddly ways. There were lots of gooey, mushy hearts in that meeting. After she settles in, we hope to share some pictures and updates of Ricky in her new home-sweet-home. Blessings to the S. Family as they open their hearts and home to this lovely Bun!
Anastasia (broken squirrel doe out of Abby and sired by Wee Walter) kindled her first litter of kits this afternoon. She was paired with Dexter, a sweet solid squirrel buck who recently went to his new home in Michigan. Anastasia has four healthy kits, three broken and one solid.
We still don't have any news to report on Mango, Gladys, or Marilla. They have their nest boxes, but don't seem to be inclined to put anything into them. All were due to kindle Wednesday/Thursday, but we are accustomed to being patient.
for my camera battery charger. I have not been able to find my charger and back-up battery for my digital camera for almost a month, which is why I haven't been as faithful in posting pictures lately. My current battery is just about to run out of charge and I have been looking for the missing charger daily. When you live with six other people, things tend to grow legs and walk away on a regular basis. Sigh. I broke down and ordered a replacement charger this morning and hope to be back in photo-taking mode by Tuesday, at the latest. Just in time for the new litters...hopefully! :)
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.
It took more than a little coordinating, but Abby has found a fabulous home with a beautiful young lady from Ohio. Katie L, and Abby seem to be cut from the same sweet, gentle natured cloth. Abby just turned three years old and is going to have her forever retirement home where she will be loved and pampered all the days of her life. We couldn't be happier for Abby and her new family. :)
If it seems that all of our Hot Cross Hoppenings seem to be announcing another great family being found for a Bun, you would be right. There must be something in the water, because today Simple Simon went home with the J. Family of Meadville, PA. So determined were they to get to their matching appointment, that they travelled the treacherous roadways between Meadville and Oberlin to meet Simon after a winter storm last night. It didn't take long for Simon to win the affection of the whole wonderful family. We look forward to hearing tales of Simon and his adventures for many years to come. :)
Little Miss Muffet is on her way to West Virginia to be Cassie U.'s sweet forever bunny. Judging from her on-the-go attitude right out of the nest box, we didn't know if we would ever find the right family for Miss Muffet, but we didn't have long to wait. Cassie has been missing a special bunny in her life since her Netherlands dwarf Ellie passed away in October. After her family convinced her to look for another bunny to love, Cassie found us and promptly fell in love with Miss Muffet and her enthusiastic outlook on life. It was love from the moment they set eyes on one another. :)
There was another package on my front porch today from a beloved member of the Hot Cross Bun extended family. Licorice, the classroom bunny who has been with Ms. P's class for almost a year now, sent us a large bag of Sherwood Adult Bunny food. I suspect that Licorice had some help since I never witnessed a rabbit order anything online before, but you never know! Thank you Licorice, Ms. P, and her wonderful students for taking such great care of this sweet little Bun. :)
PS, Licorice, if you were responsible for the anonymous hay delivery, as well, THANK YOU!
We so appreciate the gifts and you know we will put them to wonderful use. :)
We received a very pleasant and generous surprise today. The UPS truck stopped at our house and delivered an enormous box of lovely, green hay today. I had not ordered any and have no idea who gifted us with such a sweet surprise. There may be a note on a packing slip that I have not unearthed yet, so our benefactor may still come to light, but for now remains anonymous. The Hot Cross Buns and I all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this incredibly generous gift. What a blessing you have given us! The bunnies will be munching happily for quite some time. :)
The Charlie babies are now listed on the Available Bunnies page. These little ones have really made the holidays a lot of fun. We went with a nursery rhyme theme for their names, so consider yourself forewarned. :)
Here's a picture to whet your appetite.
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.