Batty has been reserved! We are so excited that this bundle of energy is going to be loved and cherished by the B. Family.
We posted the following video of her this morning. Isn't she adorably fun?
December 11, 2018 - Later in the evening...
We have posted new pictures of the young kits on the Hot Cross Babies page (a sub-tab of Meet the Hot Cross Buns.)
Aren't they sweet?
December 11, 2018
New Gladys & Abby photos are here. They have a going home to Wisconsin date late this month, so we are beginning to count down the days until their departure. It will be a very bittersweet kind of day, but we know how incredibly happy they will be with their beautiful, new family. :)
Without further ado...Abby & Gladys Under the Christmas Tree
Later that day...Gladys & Abby have spent the whole day hanging out under the Christmas tree together. They groomed each other, shared a snack, and even napped next to each other. I think you could say things are continuing to progress well.
December 8, 2018
I just realized I wrote Batty's name instead of Apple Jane's on yesterday's birth announcement. The error has been corrected. Apple Jane and Batty look so much like each other, it's easy to get them confused, although Batty will definitely NOT be having any babies, since she has already been spayed. LOL
Anyhow, Apple Jane's kits all survived their first night. I can't even tell which of the babies had had the difficult arrival so, if he/she makes it through another night, I will feel safe in saying that Jane has a healthy litter of four babies to love and raise. She is a wonderful mama, doting mama, so they are going to receive the very best of care. :)
December 7, 2018
Apple Jane is a mama again! This morning she began to make her nest (in her nest box, for a change...LOL). Apple Jane tends to be a procrastinator and only nests shortly before actually kindling. It took her about two hours of work before she was satisfied with her nest. She took a bit of a break and then started pulling fur and getting down to business. She had two babies easily in her nest box, a third on the floor of her cage, and a very large fourth one in the nest box (very bruised, so survival is uncertain at this point.) The first three kits are warm and seem to be doing well.
Janie has a history of having her large litters on the floor of her cage, so we are always standing by to intervene, checking on her every 15 minutes, just in case. I'm not convinced that she has completed kindling at this point, and will update if there are any more kits. Apple Jane's tummy was huge with this pregnancy, and litters of five or six are quite normal for her, despite her petite frame.
December 6, 2018
Sweet Tart and her kits are doing great. New pictures are on the Meet the Hot Cross Babies page. They look identical in color, and we are leaning toward calling them blue points as their fur thickens and coloring becomes more visible. Whatever they are, they will be gorgeous. :)
December 2, 2018 (about 10 minutes after my last post.)
So I palpated Sweet Tart and didn't feel anything in her tummy, but when I flipped her over, I noticed some fresh blood around her bottom. After popping her into the exercise pen, we thoroughly investigated her enormous nest that didn't appear to have any pulled fur inside. Waaayyyyyy in the back, were two chubby, little babies. I'm thinking she probably had them during the night. One looks like a broken sable point and the other is possibly a REW or pointed white, like Matthew. The last time Sweet Tart had kits, she pulled so much fur, I could have stuffed a teddy bear with it, this time, she pulled very little, but hid it well inside her nest. I am so glad all is well, as I was seriously getting worried about her. LOL
December 2, 2018
Still no nest box news to report on Sweet Tart. Sigh. I am going to put her in the exercise pen for a couple of hours (while I clean the other Buns) to see if hopping around and giving her a bit of excitement in her life makes anything happen.
We took some new pictures of Batty, post-spay. She is doing incredibly well and is up to her old tricks. :) We had a couple of inquiries about her and I promised to take new photos when I was comfortable handling her, so today was the day. We went for a Christmas backdrop to get us in the mood. Being such an active doe, it is always difficult to get really good photos of her. Batty would love to find her forever home in time to celebrate faith and family for Christmas.
December 1, 2018
Sweet Tart is still pregnant. I palpated her abdomen this evening and was met with either two really big gas bubbles moving under my hand in very rapid succession, or there's a future nest-box wriggler (or two or three) still waiting to meet the world. Yes, she is a bit late, but I won't be alarmed unless she hasn't kindled by Monday morning. I'm thinking she may be a bit late because we hadn't bred her in a year (her last kits were born on November 16, 2017, so that was a long time between litters.)
Apple Jane looks promising, with a very round belly of her own. :)
November 28, 2018
Sweet Tart is nesting! :)
Shortly after completing our evening rabbitry chores, we peeked in on the mama-to-be and saw her working away on her nest. Enjoy the short video of her preparations.
November 28, 2018
Batty is back from being spayed and is already hopping around in her exercise pen, where she will be living for the next few days while we check on her and her stitches throughout the day. It was a very routine procedure, with no excitement or special concerns noted. She is doing great and will soon be ready to go to her forever home. If you are interested in an active, sweetly stubborn busy-bunny, Batty is your gal! :)
We are planning for Mandy (if she is still waiting) and Mango to be spayed December 2018/January 2019.
November 27, 2018
Although we are certainly disappointed that Button's first litter failed due to stuck babies, we were thrilled that she had been able to conceive and carry kits. Her fertility had been of some concern as it took three months of breeding before she finally became pregnant.
We are hoping that Hot Cross Buns will be having some success in the near future, with viable kits. Below is a schedule of our (hopefully) currently bred does.
Due November 30 - Sweet Tart and Matthew Due December 7 - Apple Jane and Wee Walter Due December 25 - Polly and Wee Walter (first litter) Due December 28 - Button and Matthew
Sweet Tart has been her very sweet-natured self and has a nice, firm belly. We hope she will kindle two or three kits easily by the end of the week.
November 26, 2018
Throughout the day Button passed two more stillborn kits. The last one was enormous. Thankfully, she looks much more comfortable now and is back to her inquisitive, happy self.
November 25, 2018
The first thing I did this morning was to check on Button. She had had a stillborn kit at some point during the night. There are obviously more stuck kits yet to be kindled, as she continues to contract and strain. Right now she is soaking in a warm, relaxing tub and given intermittent tummy massages. I am praying that this will relax her enough to move the stuck baby down further so she can actually pass it. Poor girl. :(
November 24, 2018
We hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your loved ones and have recovered from any prolonged bouts of turkey-induced stupor. LOL
Batty is scheduled to be spayed on Wednesday, November 28th. Prayers on her behalf for a safe surgery and speedy recovery would be so appreciated. This is a new-to-us vet, so I am a bit nervous for her, although I'm certain they will do a wonderful job.
I am keeping a close eye on Button. She has been bred every month for the past three months (she had missed the first two months and didn't become pregnant) and I hope she may actually be due to kindle today or tomorrow, this time around. Her belly seems very full and firm, although I haven't felt any kicking baby feet from her sides. (There is a possibility that she has just become a very roly-poly Bun, with no babies whatsoever.) If she is expecting, this would be her first kindling, so I am not terribly optimistic about the survival of any kits she may have because she is a tiny little girl.
Here is another video of Gladys and Abby from footage I had taken the other day. My computer was being wonky about downloading the files from my SD card, so I had to use a different card to store the footage from the video posted 11/21. We finally managed to download the original footage and turn it into a new video. Viewer discretion is advised as there is a brief bunny mounting bunny portion, which is a very normal part of the bunny bonding process.
November 21, 2018
Hello, Friends and Family!
Everyone here at Hot Cross Buns, bunny and human, wish you and yours a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful to all of you who are providing loving, safe homes for the little blessings who arrive in our nest boxes. It has been a year of ups and downs, but we cherish each and every family we have met on their bunny-loving journey.
This video is especially for Abby & Gladys' new family in Wisconsin. They are doing really well. :)
November 15, 2018
Lucy, Molly, and Mandy are celebrating their 5 month old day birthday today. Lucy and Molly are being hit hard by hormone changes right now, so I have pulled their listing for the time being. We may put Lucy and Molly in our breeding program to see if either of them carry the Vienna gene. Their sire was Hamlet, a blue eyed, Vienna-marked (VM) buck. Since our VM doe Mathilda refuses to be bred and she is not getting any younger, we want to improve our odds of having at least one Vienna carrier (VC) in our herd. We had already planned to retain Lucy and Molly's sisters from the same litter, Tabitha and Dulcie, but we always worried that we might find a pet home of the only Vienna carrier out of them. As Molly, Tabitha, and Dulcie are all frosty girls, seeing Vienna markings on their fur is very difficult. Ideally, a breeder should never breed a VC or VM rabbit to a broken rabbit, so any Vienna marks are clearly visible. We intend to follow proper breeding procedure and only breed VM/VC rabbits to solid colored rabbits in our efforts to have a successful BEW (blue-eyed white) program. Once we establish which, if any, of the does carry the Vienna gene, the others will be spayed and available to wonderful pet homes in the future.
Mandy, who is from a different litter entirely and just happens to share the same birthday as the aforementioned litter, is still waiting for her home. She has not yet exhibited any hormonal tendencies and is still listed on the Available Bunnies page. Here is a new picture of this gorgeous chestnut doe. (Additional new photos can be viewed on her listing.)
November 12, 2018 (late evening)...
Marilla's buck kit, Albert, finally has new pictures posted on the Hot Cross Babies page (under the Meet the Hot Cross Buns tab), in case you want to see the little guy. :) He was very amusing during the photo shoot. Let's just say we may rename him "PEZ Dispenser". He dispensed about 30 bunny balls over a four minute time period. Every time I disposed of one (or three) so we could take a poo-less picture, more magically appeared by the time I refocused the camera. LOL
November 12, 2018
Because I promised to share photos of Abby and Gladys' bonding process with their new family, I am going to put their pictures here, so you will be seeing quite a bit of these two beautiful girls over the newt few weeks. :) There are a lot of cute ones, so bear with me! I thought their first official binding session went incredibly well (bunny-humping is a very good sign.) Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
November 9, 2018
I am doing the Happy Bunny Dance!!!!!! It can be so tough to find homes for the older girls who are ready to retire. Anyone who visits our site regularly will have seen Abby and Gladys' listings for many months. The few people who were interested in meeting them always opted for other, usually younger Buns. But not this time! Abby and Gladys have been reserved by a beautiful family from Wisconsin. They will be remaining with us for about 6 more weeks while preparations and travel plans are made. During that time, we will begin the bonding process to get the girls accustomed to each other so they will (hopefully) be well on the way to being bunny buddies by the time they make it to their new home. We are all so happy, excited and thankful! A special shout-out to Diane at Hook's Hollands for sending this awesome family (who were actually looking for older does to love) to our website.
November 7, 2018
Wee Walter and Apple Jane spent some quality time together this evening. We'll see if there is any exciting news to announce on or around December 8th. :)
October 22, 2018 Later in the day...
It's ready! Enjoy the new video. :)
October 22, 2018
We are hard at work on another bunny video featuring the younger waiting does, Lucy, Lavender, Milly, Molly, and Mandy. We hope to post it later this evening.
Please read the below information provided by our county 4-H office today regarding Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHD2).
Attention Rabbit Owners: As you may be aware, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHD2) in the U.S. in Medina County, Ohio on September 19, 2018. Authorities are investigating domestic and wild populations in the area. Whether or not your area is impacted, rabbit owners can benefit from implementing biosecurity measures on farm and at home to prevent inadvertent transmission of any illness that could impact the well-being of pets and livestock. KEY INFORMATION • The first confirmed case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHD2) in the U.S. was found in Medina Co. Ohio. • The disease DOES NOT POSE A THREAT TO HUMANS OR OTHER ANIMALS, but is fatal in rabbits. • RHD2 can spread animal-to-animal and via contaminated urine, feces, food, bedding, fur and water. Preventing cross-contamination of these materials between rabbits and other animals can reduce risk
• Minimize risk of spreading disease by sanitizing shoes and washing clothes after visiting a rabbitry. • Limit visitors to your rabbitry and ensure visitors wash and sanitize shoes and clothing before entering. • Isolate rabbits from outside populations of domestic and wild rabbits. • Reduce risk for wild rabbits to contact domestic rabbits (raised cages, well-sealed enclosures or barns) • Clean and sanitize any equipment including tools, cages, feeding bowls, as well as any newly introduced equipment. • Wash tools and hands before and after use and between cages when cleaning pens and boxes. • Observe your rabbits carefully for symptoms. If illness is suspected contact your Veterinarian Immediately Symptoms • Rabbits may develop fever • Appear dull and be reluctant to eat • Congested membranes around eyes • Show signs of nervousness • Incoordination or excitement • Paddling • Difficulty breathing may be present • Blood-stained, frothy discharge from nose seen at death • Death within 12 to 36 hours This disease MUST BE REPORTED to state or federal authorities immediately upon diagnosis or suspicion of the disease. If you suspect cases of the disease, have questions, or need more information, please contact ODA Division of Animal Health at (614) 728-6220. See more information attached for biosecurity practices to limit spread of disease.
Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension, Medina County Tim McDermott, OSU Extension, Franklin County Travis West, OSU Extension, Vinton County / Assuring Quality Care for Animals Advisory Committee
Additional Information Attached:
Ohio Veterinary Association Article: https://www.ohiovma.org/news/?p=5182 Biosecurity for Rabbits: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/U/UNP-0140/UNP-0140.pdf Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/rabbit_hemorrhagic_disease.pdf
Important information on cleaning and sanitizing
Remember that disinfection cannot occur until surfaces are first cleaned. Cleaning should be accomplished by physically
scrubbing surfaces with soap and water to dislodge physical debris and dirt followed by a thorough rinsing with clean water and a drying step. Only after these steps should sanitation measures be used. This is because bleach and other disinfectants lose efficiency in the presence of dirt particles, binding to any organic matter instead of working to disinfect the germs in question. Follow all label instructions on bleach and other chemical bottles. The label is the law for use. Disinfecting surfaces can be done with a 10% bleach solution diluting 1 part bleach with 9 parts water. Leave your diluted solution in contact with the surface to be disinfected for at least 10 minutes to ensure disinfection before rinsing and wiping surfaces with clean water. This can be accomplished by dunking tools or spraying surfaces.
The following is a list of some of the veterinarians who see rabbits in Lorain County. If you see symptoms, contact your vet immediately. AMHERST AMHERST ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1425 COOPER FOSTER PARK RD. 440-282-5220 AVON AVON ANIMAL & BIRD HOSPITAL 37160 DETROIT RD. 440-934-6516 AVON LAKE AVON LAKE ANIMAL CLINIC 124 MILLER RD. 440-933-5297 *Domestic rabbits only **Dr. Frank Krupka, Dr. Elizabeth Bystrom, Dr. Caitlin Wamelink BRUNSWICK ANIMAL & AVIAN MEDICAL CENTER 4171 CENTER RD. 330-225-0095 **Dr. Cathy Palomar ELYRIA FOX VETERINARY HOSPITAL 10735 LAGRANGE RD. 440-458-4291 MURRAY RIDGE ANIMAL CLINIC 7855 MURRAY RIDGE RD. 440-323-9568/ 440-233-5238 NORTH RIDGEVILLE ANIMAL CLINIC NORTHVIEW 36400 CENTER RIDGE RD. 440-327-8282
RIDGEVILLE ANIMAL HOSPITAL 38412 CENTER RIDGE RD. 440-327-0200 **Dr. Lauren Cross WAKEMAN CEDARSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL 12220 GORE ORPHANAGE RD. 440-965-4660
Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension, Medina County Tim McDermott, OSU Extension, Franklin County Travis West, OSU Extension, Vinton County / Assuring Quality Care for Animals Advisory Committee Sources
September 26, 2018
RHD-2...at first glance it appears to be a typo of the beloved Star Wars character's name, but it most definitely is not. RHD-2 stands for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, Strain 2. This disease, along with the first strain called RHD-1, are common killers of beloved bunnies who live "across the pond" in the United Kingdom, but has only been found in the United States as of September 19, 2018. The first reported incidence was in Medina County, Ohio, which is very close to Hot Cross Buns' home. You can read the article from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association here.
As stated in the article, the disease is transmittable only to rabbits; people, other animals, and food sources are not affected by it, although people and animals can carry the virus and unwittingly infect rabbits. According to the article, "Transmission of the RHD virus over short distances can occur by the contaminated clothing of people, biting insects, birds, rodents, wild animals, fur or vehicles."
Rabbits are very common house pets in the UK and the rest of Europe, where vaccines have been developed for protection against both strains of the disease. However, pet rabbits are not routinely vaccinated in the United States and these vaccines are not available for use here. The only ways to protect our beloved pet bunnies are through precautions and knowledge of the disease and its transmission.
What does this mean to our clients and the bunnies at Hot Cross Buns? We have operated as a closed rabbitry for over a year now, meaning we don't allow people into our rabbitry to meet the Buns, nor do we allow anyone to walk in their living areas and play spaces. We will begin taking the extra precautions of asking clients to clean the soles of their shoes by stepping into a disinfectant solution prior to entering the premises, and to use hand sanitizer prior to meeting the Bun with whom they have been matched.
Going forward, we will have a waiting list and clients will reserve bunnies online, based upon their submitted information and conversations we have via email. Rather than meeting multiple bunnies, clients will come to Hot Cross Buns to pick up the bunny with whom they have been matched. This is to protect our Buns from any potential contamination.
We have never allowed the Buns to play outside, as we know how easy it is for them to ingest or attract parasites. This will continue to be our standard practice. Because RHD-2 can be transmitted to healthy rabbits through contact with wild rabbits' urine and feces, we urge our bunny families to be cautious and consider the risks of allowing out of doors playtime for their bunnies.
Hot Cross Buns will no longer be able to accept the return of any bunnies. In the past, bunnies waiting to be rehomed (when allergies developed or when other situations arose in their first families) were cared for in a special area of our home, but in order to protect the health of our breeding stock, we will no longer be able to do so. We will gladly post information about any Buns who need to be rehomed on our site and Facebook page, but we will not care for them at our facility.
We will be monitoring the RHD-2 situation very closely and will make further changes for the safety and well-being of all of our Buns as the needs arise. It is our hope that the disease was caught in time and will be contained, with no further incidences occurring. If no new cases are reported in the next six months, we hope resume our normal matching appointments once again.
We welcome your questions. Please contact us here.
Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops is a small-scale, family-run breeder located in Oberlin, Ohio. ARBA (#D6175) & HLRSC members.