All three of Cake Pop's kits died during the night. It looked as though they crawled away from the warm cuddly nest of fur in the box and became chilled. All three were in different areas of the nest box when I looked in on them this morning, so they didn't have fleece, fur, or each other to snuggle into for warmth. :(
I have no idea what is going on with my does, but they seem to be having some sort of breeding strike. I have repeatedly tried breeding younger does, older does, reliable does...they all refuse the bucks. I am not comfortable with the idea of "forcing" the issue, so we will keep trying every week until they decide to cooperate. Until then, no new babies will be arriving for the foreseeable future. My sincerest apologies to anyone waiting for wee ones to arrive.
We do have several lovely does waiting to be matched with wonderful, forever homes, so please visit the Available Bunnies page if you are looking for that Special SomeBun to add to your life.
October 12, 2018 Much later in the day...
Apparently Cake Pop is a prankster. When cleaning out her cage this evening, I found three more kits, all barely alive due to being kindled on the floor of her cage (despite having a very luxurious nest box just inches away.) We warmed them the best we could, and now they are all tucked into a sandwich of fleece, bunny fur, and more fleece, inside the aforementioned hay-lined nest box. Now it's up to God and Cake Pop to keep them going. Two are nice, chubby kits, but the third is either a very tiny runt or possibly another peanut, although it didn't have the typical markers of a peanut (bulging eyes and underdeveloped hindquarters.) We are praying for them to be healthy and strong.
Congratulations, Cake Pop and Little Boy Blue.
October 12, 2018
Cake Pop had a single peanut kit earlier today who passed away shortly after birth. :( Still nothing from the other does, so we will think about breeding for next month's litters.
This month's empty nest boxes will allow us to spend plenty of time working to place the lovely does still waiting to be matched. Lavender gets sweeter by the day. Milly and Mandy are still BFFs. Lucy and Molly are beginning to warm up to people again, after going through a very skittish phase. Batty, Gladys and Abby are still waiting patiently for their forever homes, too.
October 11, 2018
Still no babies. I'm thinking all three does failed to conceive. :( Perhaps the extreme heat of last month affected the boys' little swimmers. Even rabbits sometimes fail to breed like rabbits.
On a fun note, we have a new video of Gladys. If everyone could please spread the word, I would love to place her soon. She is such a fun girl and would do really well in a home of her own.
October 10, 2018
Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
That's the sound I hear every time I check the girls to see if any of them have kindled yet. Button and Cake Pop should have had their kits any time after Sunday evening (Sunday was Day 30). Sweet Tart was due yesterday. Still nothing. Waiting is the hardest thing, especially since there's no such thing as a bunny pregnancy test. I'm fairly certain I felt a kick in Cake Pop's tummy last night while giving her a gentle feel and nose rub, but Button and Sweet Tart haven't been as obliging with the idea of my feeling their tummies.
The poor things are tired of seeing my face peering into their cages, looking at them as though they are bombs about to go off. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
October 6, 2018
Darling Peggy is on her way to her new home in the Cincinnati area. The animal-loving S. Family has plenty of bunny experience and knowledge to care for Peggy and her special needs. We know she is in good hands and are so thankful that they found their way to Hot Cross Buns. :)
October 5, 2018
Tom Thumb has been blessed with a wonderful new home and family. He is on his way to Hilliard, OH to be the birthday bunny of a beautiful young lady who is well-versed in bunny care. She had the honor of caring for a classroom bunny last year and carries a wealth of wisdom along with a heart full of love for animals. We had a wonderful time meeting the M. Family and look forward to hearing all the news about how Tom Thumb settles into life with his new family.
September 28, 2018
On a much more positive note than our last update permitted, a new doe has officially joined the Hot Cross Buns doe page, courtesy of Hook's Hollands. Some of you may recognize her. Officially she is known as Bunny Blue Eyes' Dirty Snow, but we are calling her Mathilda. She is a rather dignified lady, and we thought a more "proper" name would help convey the air of wisdom and experience she has about her. We hope to have the addition of some Vienna marked kits once we convince her that having babies is a wonderful idea. She is settling in nicely and has begun to take an interest in the life and activities in the rabbitry.
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.
September 23, 2018
Teeter Totter (now called Bugsy) is on his way to his new home nearby. His family has made so many plans and preparations for his arrival, that the joy just overflowed when they were introduced to the little guy. We have no doubts that Bugsy will be a beloved member of the family and will bring much fun and goofiness to his new home. We will miss him very much but know that he is going to be the happiest of little Buns.
We said our good-byes to Anastasia yesterday as she embarked on the next chapter of her life. We offered her to a breeder of excellent reputation and very high care standards who was looking to add a squirrel doe to her lines. Annie is now residing in Illinois where we have every hope that she will continue to be a wonderful mama to her future litters.
We added Peggy and Batty to the Available Bunnies page, although it broke our hearts to do it. The desire to downsize and keep to a comfortable size is very great, and we know Batty and Peggy with be very happy in whatever home(s) God has planned for them. I am looking at the bucks and will be listing Matthew shortly, and perhaps even our Wee Walter in another month or two. Dulcie (one of Tootsie's current frosty babies) will probably be added to the page, too. It is so hard to remain a small, manageable rabbitry when I can see the beauty in each and every one of the Hot Cross Buns.
September 20, 2018
There is finally a video posted for each of our Available Bunnies. My sincerest apologies for taking so long to do that! Life has been a bit unpredictable of late, and we were adjusting to our new fall schedule. Hopefully, smooth sailing will be ahead. :)
If you look closely, you may notice that Polly has been removed from our listing. We have decided to add her to our breeding program. She is now six months of age, so we plan to put her on the breeding schedule in the next month or two. She really is a gorgeous little girl and we are excited to work with her. Look for her on the Hot Cross Does page in the next week or so.
There will be another addition to our Hot Cross Does page in the very near future. I'm not going to spoil the surprise, but she should be arriving in a few days. :)
We ended up breeding Button, Cake Pop, and Sweet Tart this month and are hoping for a nice, comfortable litter for each of them. They should kindle around the 9/10th of October, if all goes well. :)
September 15, 2018
Darling Iris in on her way home with her new family! She was so sweet and persistent when she was introduced to the B. Family. Even when they were trying to look at a different bunny, she was right there, putting her paws on their laps, climbing on them, and making sure she was noticed at every moment. Her sweet, curious behavior charmed this kind, gentle family and we are very excited they gave Iris an opportunity to have a wonderfully happy home. :)
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