Hot Cross Hoppenings
There was plenty of time this morning to take photos of Tom Thumb and Jack Be Nimble, which have been added to their Available Bunnies listings. We really hope to place these two sweet bucks soon and are praying for the right families to find their way to our site.
Button and Thimble's new pictures were added to the Hot Cross Babies page. Thimble is doing great and we hope to find her forever home in the very near future. We think her brother Bobbin was being a little piggy around the food bowl and eating more than his fair share of baby food pellets. Now that he has been placed, she has been able to eat her fill and has gained nicely.
We finally had some free time to take some new photos of the youngest kits this afternoon. There are some good looking babies it those litters, if I do say so myself. :) My younger daughter is already sizing them up to see if any might have the potential to be her 4-H project bunny this year. It's going to be a tough choice and I have a feeling she will be retaining several bunnies to grow out before she makes a final decision.
I am planning to add some updated pictures of Jack Be Nimble, Tom Thumb, Button, and Thimble tomorrow. They're all doing really well and are utterly delightful furry friends to know and love.
Beautiful Charlotte is on her way her new home in Indiana. She is joyfully welcomed by a loving family of seven who have been hard at work, preparing for her arrival and learning all about bunny care over the past two months. We are so happy they were willing to open their hearts and home to an older doe. They seem to be quite smitten with her already and Charlotte, although a bit timid, was already relaxing and eating up the love and attention. We have a very good feeling about this warm, friendly family. :)
Anastasia's buck, Bobbin, went home with a very sweet family this evening. Alyssa, Ryan, and their adorable little girl have waited a couple months for their Bun. We really enjoyed spending some time with them and watching them interact with Bobbin and Tom Thumb. I have a feeling he is going to be a very well-loved little man. :)
Some new videos have been posted on the Available Bunnies page. There is also a new one of Anastasia's babies on the Hot Cross Babies Page (a sub tab of the Meet the Hot Cross Buns tab). Have fun!
My sincerest apologies to everyone who has been waiting for news on Marilla's litter. I posted an update on our Facebook page, and forgot to share the news on our site. I always seem to forget to do one of the other.
Marilla had two stillborn kits on Saturday afternoon, which was expected. She was very sad initially, but has already perked up. Both she and Mango were out and about for a free range hop-a-thon this morning, so they are finding joy in the simple pleasures of a bunny's life. :)
I do need to share the sad news that one of Cake Pop's kits didn't make it. It appears that the kit was badly bruised during the kindling process, and most likely had internal injuries. The remaining three kits seem to be doing well.
Apple Jane just kindled four kits, but one of them was stillborn. The remaining three babies look strong. Since she was bred to Winston, a false dwarf, we don't have to worry about peanuts this time around. Apple Jane is her ravenous self and is cleaning out her food bowl as I type. That little girl can pack away more food and hay than most bunnies twice her size. LOL
It appears that Mango's litter is lost. She kindled two stillborn kits about an hour ago. I suspect there are at least two more babies in her. Unfortunately, with the length of time that has already passed, chances of their survival are low and they will most likely be stillborn, as well. Poor Mango! She had a rough time with her first litter (only one live kit out of five) and I was so hoping she would have an easier time of it.
Following Cookie's successful kindling, the nest box activity subsided yesterday and last night. My heart sank when I checked and found five empty boxes this morning, but activity has definitely picked up in the last hour. Marilla, Mango, and Apple Jane have all been putting some finishing touches on their nests, hopping in and out with hay-staches and beginning to pull fur. There is no additional activity from Gladys, so I fear she may be having another false pregnancy.
Cake Pop kindled at 10 o'clock this morning. Since she was a true dwarf, first-time mama, we did not get our hopes up for any of her kits to be born alive, as they usually get stuck and are stillborn. Cake Pop had other plans, though. She had four very chubby kits, all pink and very much alive. She did such a wonderful job and is now enjoying a treat of black oil sunflower seeds. :) We are so thankful to God for His goodness in blessing her with live babies and keeping her safe in the process.
Cookie's litter was born at about 8 o'clock this morning, so she was the first to kindle out of all the girls. That little stinker had her kits on the floor of her cage in a little pile of hay and pulled fur, so I had to wait for her to finish cleaning them off and hop to her food bowl before quickly transferring them into her properly built nest in the nest box that she made only yesterday. Silly bunny. Cookie had her largest litter yet, with five babies. One of them was a stillborn peanut, but we are thrilled that she has four fat, squirmy babies with Coconut Cream.
Apple Jane built her nest on the floor of her cage, complete with pulled fur, but no babies yet. I will definitely need to move her beautiful work into the nest box. This hopefully isn't becoming a trend. I would have expected it from the new, first-time mamas (Marilla and Cake Pop) but not from the seasoned pros. We are in the midst of a cold snap, so even with the protection of being in our house, it is still too chilly for newborn kits to be without the protection and warmth provided by a hay-filled nest box, lined with mama's fur.
We hope to have more news to report later today. :)
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.