Hot Cross Hoppenings
Finn and Erin F. from Ohio, fell in love at first sight. She was scheduled to also meet Jack Be Nimble, but after she and Finn laid eyes on one another, all thoughts of Jack were set aside. (Don't worry, Jack. Your turn is coming!) Erin is an experienced bunny mama and had been missing the pitter patter of little feet after her impish black tort buck Winston and her beloved bulldog both passed away from old age in the past year. We are so glad Erin found her way to us and that little Finn was ready and waiting to be her precious boy. Best wishes to Erin, her fiancée, and Finn as they begin a new life together. :)
There are some new videos popping up on our Available Bunnies page. Enjoy!
Both of Babette's peanut kits passed away last night. Unfortunately, we also lost one of Anastasia's kit. It was very small and weaker than its three littermates. :(
As Marilla, Mango, Gladys, and Cake Pop have not kindled yet (a week past their due dates), we are guessing that they did not conceive and are declaring the January Nest Box watch complete. We are very happy and excited to have what appear to be 6 chubby, healthy babies to watch grow and develop. :)
Our next breeding period will take place in early February for early March kits. At this point, we are planning the following pairings:
Apple Jane to Winston
Cookie to Coconut Cream
Mango to Luigi
Marilla to Wee Walter (First time dwarf mother...unlikely to have surviving kits)
Cake Pop to Matthew (First time dwarf mother...unlikely to have surviving kits)
Babette had five kits at about 9:30 this morning. It looks as though two of them are peanuts (they carried a double dwarf gene and will not be able to live for more than a few days). Hopefully she will be able to raise the other three kits and have a nice little family.
Although it hurt my heart to do it, today I listed Gladys and Blueberry Muffin on the Available Bunnies Page. Gladys deserves a loving pet home as she appears to be infertile/unable to safely deliver any living kits. It is far too traumatizing to her and she keeps looking for her babies with every failed litter. Her heart wants what her body can't do. Gladys has become a much more mellow Bun over the past few months and we hope to find her the right family to help her relax and enjoy being a bunny.
I listed Blueberry because we need to find a manageable number of breeding bucks and does. I really wanted to keep Suki, who has a wider head, so someone has to be rehomed. Blueberry was the logical choice since they were the same beautiful solid blue color. I have to get used to the idea of downsizing, but I don't have to like it. :(
We also added some of our home grown Buns to the Hot Cross Bucks and Hot Cross Does pages, after waiting for them to become seniors. Look for Matthew, Marilla, Anastasia, Suki, Mistletoe, Batty, and Cake Pop. :)
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. :)
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.