Little Teddy found his special home today. :) It was such a joy to meet Eric L. when he came to get the little guy's approval. Teddy settled right in for a nice, long snuggle and the choice was made. We hope that Teddy brings Eric much joy and that they have a wonderful life together!
For all of you Prayer Warriors out there, little Coconut Cream appears to be suffering from GI stasis. I have been treating him with Bunny Gatorade, tummy massage, exercise, and SAR-X all day, but he has not shown any improvement as yet. We would appreciate some prayers on this sweet boy's behalf. He holds a very special place in our hearts and home. Thank you!
We want to send out a huge "Congratulations!" to Katrina W. and her sweet blue doe, Sky. They were the Best of Breed winners at the Seneca County Fair yesterday. Sky (who was then called Sassy) was the only blue kit in Plum Bun's and Joshua's first litter of six babies. Little Sky followed in her mama's footsteps as Plum Bun herself won BOB at our county fair last year.
We were so happy to place Sky in her loving home, where we knew she would get the love and attention she deserved. Katrina and her mom won our hearts and trust while we got to know them during our matching process, which only took a day or two.
Well done, ladies! Best wishes in your remaining events!
The current nest box residents are beginning to open their wee eyes and look around in that adorable squinting-eye fashion newborns of most species have. It looks like we might have our first blue tort in Cookie's litter, along with some frosties or black pointed whites in Babette's litter. It's still a little early to tell, but they are very adorable.
We are still waiting for just the right special families for our older bunnies. Still waiting and available are Dot. Southwest (aka FDR), Toffee, Hip, Bubbles, Waffles, and (of course) Half Stache. We are hoping to figure out how to take and post videos of them later this week. These will be very low-budget, beginner-type videos, so don't expect too much, ok? LOL. Stay tuned!
As many of you know, my younger daughter is doing a breeding project for 4-H this year. To be exhibited at the fair, the doe needs to have a litter of three kits that are 6-8 weeks old when the fair begins. Due to our poor litter outcomes earlier this year, she decided to err on the side of caution and bred five rabbits. These are the results.
Cookie had three healthy kits. All are doing well.
Apple Jane had five living babies. She wasn't producing enough milk, so two are being fostered.
Blueberry Muffin had two babies, but one was a peanut and died shortly after birth, She is fostering two of Apple Jane's kits.
Mango had five kits, but only one lived. We are happy she has one little kit to care for in her first litter.
Babette was the surprise mama. We didn't think she would be able to have kits due to some health issues expressed by her previous owner, but she had seven fat, pink babies squirming in her nest box yesterday afternoon. We will be observing this litter closely to be sure Babette's milk supply can handle such a large litter. If she can't, we will foster a couple babies to Mango.
I haven't posted much lately as I have been busy responding to bunny inquiries and building a rapport with several nice families who are interested in some of the Hot Cross Buns. Caramel went home with Ruth M. today. What a joy it was to see them together! We look forward to hearing how Caramel settles in. Pancake went home yesterday with Markie W. It was wonderful to finally meet her and place sweet Pancake in her arms. Best wishes to both ladies and their new little does!
Last week I had to have the other broken chocolate baby put down. There were some physical problems that were just beyond human intervention, and the difficult decision had to be made. We will miss that little guy.
I have been asked by a few people why we don't take outdoor photographs of our bunnies to post. The answer is very simple. Because we raise sheep, goats, and chickens, we don't want to risk a young bunny's health by exposing it to parasites that are in our grass and soil compliments of the livestock manure. We have dealt with coccidiosis, lung worms, and have seen some resistance to wormers in our flock. As such, we really do not want any of our buns being exposed to that particular variety of nastiness. In order for us to raise healthy bunnies, we need to keep them indoors.
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.