Hot Cross Hoppenings
Sweet Laffy Taffy is on his way home! Karen S. and her family had a beautiful little broken tort buck named Marshmallow. Sadly, Marshmallow passed away from an infection last fall. The family decided the time was right to find a new little buck to love and Laffy wriggled his way into their hearts. We hope they all have a very happy, loving life together. :)
Hot Cross Babies page for new photos of Apple Jane's kits and Plum Bun's adorable babies. We also added a video of Thimble at the very bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Over the past few days, I have been working to add new videos of the currently available baby bunnies and the ones we are retaining for now. We are planning to work with the older Buns next week and have videos of all of them available for your viewing pleasure.
Apple Jane seems to be doing ok with her large litter of babies. They all seem to be nursing adequately and keeping warm. We will post pictures as soon as they are beyond the "naked mole rat" stage. :)
Feeling like a very bad bunny mama, I kept this information pretty well under wraps. When Apple Jane's kits Gideon and Popcorn were 4 weeks old, she learned how to open her cage door. She discovered this exceptional talent one day when Wee Walter was out, zooming back and forth between bunny rooms. Walter, being Apple Jane's most ardent suitor, did not let the opportunity pass him by. As soon as we realized there were two bunnies on the loose, we separated them immediately, hoping that they hadn't had enough time to do that which bunnies of the opposite gender enjoy doing most. I prayed that, if there were any new kits on the way, all would be well and Apple Jane would stay safe and healthy. We weaned Gideon and Popcorn last week and watched Apple's tummy grow rounder and rounder. She looked like an overfilled water balloon about to pop.
Today was kindling day...six fat babies later, all seems to be well in the nest box. She has never nursed more than three kits before, so we are hoping she will be able to provide enough milk for all of her babies. I will be praying and biting my nails for the next two weeks while we see how they do. It looks like she has three solid and three broken babies...all will most likely be squirrels.
Matthew was looking a little down last night, so we decided to breed him with Suki (her first breeding) as a little way to perk him up a bit. This was on the list of things to do, we just hadn't decided when to let the magic happen.
So the mood was created with a nice, clean exercise pen (throw rug included for extra traction), the lights were low, there was quiet music playing in the background. Everything was perfect. The bunnies were introduced to each other and they seemed to gradually get the idea of what was supposed to happen. There was lots of buck chasing doe, doe chasing buck, doe mounting buck on the wrong end, buck mounting doe on the wrong end, all of which was perfectly normal. Suki became very excited and started chasing Matthew around in earnest. He suddenly started doing everything in his power to avoid her altogether, including leaping over her with astounding twists and turns. After about seven minutes of this, I realized things were not proceeding as normal and decided to break up the "fun" because Matthew was getting quite tired out. As I scooped Suki up to return her to her cage, I realized something...she was actually a he. No wonder that didn't go well. LOL
Sukie will be listed on the Available Bunnies page in the next day or two, under the name "Sam". Sam obviously has the makings of a very eager breeder and he will be available with his pedigree for breeding or showing, or as a pet bunny.
We are still trying to get the right combination of factors to hit that sweet spot for having enough homes for the bunnies we breed. We don't like to have a long waiting list, but we also don't want to have bunnies waiting for months on end to find their forever homes. If you have any marketing ideas or recommendations that could help, we would love to hear your ideas that will support what we do and what we stand for.
We always seem to hit a brick wall on social media, (I prefer to keep our business and personal lives very separate) so I don't know how to get the word out to the people who would love the way we do things.
We just added Instagram to our repertoire of social media attempts. Here's a link to our page, if you'd like to follow us. :) https://www.instagram.com/hotcrossbunsholland/
We decided to have a bunny free-for-all last night and recorded the proceedings. Please ignore the messy floor. Hay and poo balls seem to breed like...well...rabbits. LOL
There are new wee ones to admire on the Hot Cross Babies page. Plum Bun & Luigi's babies are very sweet and oh so squeezable! They do tend to squirt if you do, though. LOL Here's a precious preview. :)
to the Hot Cross Bucks page! Although we were not looking to add another buck to our rabbitry, Diane at Hook's Hollands offered her broken cream Vienna marked buck, Hampton, to us when she decided to downsize.
Hampton (now called Hamlet) came home this morning and we are so pleased with him. He has already obliged us with some great photos like this one:
I have a feeling life is not going to be dull with Hamlet around. LOL
Babette, now given the beautiful and exotic name "Khalessi" (pronounced Kuh-LEE-see), is en route to her new home with her owner, Angela. Khalessi has been waiting patiently for everything to be ready, and the day to arrive. An exercise pen, three litter pans, a special blanket, a memory foam bed, and hearts full of love all await her. We know she is going to an incredible home and look forward to sharing updates as she settles in and becomes a bunny of leisure in her retirement. :)
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.