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This morning brought us more baby bunnies. This time is was Himi, one of the crossbred rabbits. She’s a first time mama and decided to give birth on the wire on the cage instead of in the nest box. Rabbit does are not suppose to nest this way but once in a while you have a rabbit who has to be different. It usually happens with a new mom. Every bunny here gets a second chance and usually, they get it right the second time. You can’t make a rabbit nest in a box so if she’s a habitual offender, she shouldn’t be in your breeding program. Of course, IF you screw up and fail to provide her with a nest box, she can only make do with whats she’s got.
The above picture was taken about an hour before Himi kindled. This is not what you want a mama rabbit to do, build her nest on the wire. I was lucky because: 1. it was warm inside the barn; and 2. I knew she was kindling so I could get the kits into a nestbox before they wondered on the wire. Then, continued on to find warmth, ending up outside of the cage and a tasty meal for a hungry chicken. If this situation had happened during the night, the litter would have all died.
Did you know that a new baby bunny will search for heat? These tiny hairless creatures will seek out a heat source. You’d be amazed at how far a kit can crawl. They can fit through a very small opening. We have found kits, who are both blind and deaf at birth, across the barn on the ground. They chill very quickly and IF they don’t become dinner for some other critter, they will succumb to the cold.
Unlike cats or dogs, mama rabbits do not sit/sleep etc with their babies. They nurse the kits once or twice a day and don’t return until it’s feeding time again. Feeding takes less them 5 minutes on average. After nursing and butt cleaning, mama is gone. Sounds uncaring, doesn’t it? This trait carries over from their wild rabbit ancestors. Baby rabbits do not have any scent to them making them hard for predators to find so mamas do not spend any extra time in the nests if they want their babies to survive. Of course, today’s domestic rabbit has lost a few of those distinct traits. We have mamas who hang out in nest boxes because they can. They are not there to “tend” babies, they just want to sit in the nest box because its comfy.
That is your rabbit lesson for the day. We will have a quiz later this week…. . Just kidding.
I have had a busy last few days since I last wrote about Annie’s kids. We’ve had baby bunnies arriving. Here are the litters born since I last blogged.
I got all my Pickle Bread completed but the guy who was picking them up was in a car accident on his way here so all 28 loaves went into the freezer until he comes to get them. The freezer meaning the great outdoors. I just hope it doesn’t warm up before he gets here.
Tanner, Annie’s buckling, came down with Floppy Kid Syndrome yesterday. So he spent the day/night in the house so I could monitar him. I started him on Penicillin and Thiamine, which I will continue for 3 days. I also gave him a shot of CD antitoxin. He looked much better and went out to the barn this morning to rejoin the family. Annie was very happy to see him again.
We had twin lambs born as well. This is number 3-4 for Katadhin lamb. Sugar had a ram and ewe lamb. So we are at 2 & 2. Oreo is not only giving our small flock nice sized lambs, he’s adding a bit of color too.
One of our rabbits, Ashley, blessed us with 4 little bunnies today. We lost one. It appears Ashley got a bit carried away and ate a portion of the baby. Although it is not unusual for this to happen, it did surprise me since she is an experienced doe. We are happy with 3 healthy kits.
On the baby front, we are watching 2 sheep and 2 goats who are all getting close to lambing/kidding. All 4 are bagging up so it’s race now to see who’s first. We are very excited about the pregnant sheep since we used a new young unproven ram. It appears that Oreo “took care of business.” I’ll try to get some pictures of the “mamas’ to be” once it gets a bit warmer out.
Man, the last 3 days have been awfully cold. The weatherman says today was the last of the bitterly cold days for a while, YEAH! It was -24 yesterday and that’s not counting the wind chill. Even for this tough Minnesotan, -24 is just too cold!
What a beautiful day we had here in Minnesota. It was hard to believe that it is still January. There will be more days like this coming. Although, I still love winter and the snow.
Down in the barn, Madison’s Netherland Dwarf rabbit kindled. Unfortunately, she lost all 3 of the kits. That is not unusual for a first timer. The fact that she is a dwarf breed doesn’t help her either. She had one kit get stuck in the birth canal. Austin held the rabbit while I helped Sally deliver the last kit. That was not fun and I hope I don’t have to do that again in the near future. We will re-bred her but she must recover from the difficult delivery. Austin snapped this picture of Sally while I was evaluating exacting what to do. The gray-blue object next to my waist is the stuck kit.
Sally seemed to be ok when we did chores this evening. She should recover just fine. You can see in the picture that Sally pulled a lot of her hair out while nest building. Poor dear, she has bald spots.
Rich put the bottoms in 2 more nesting boxes as we have more does due in the next 2 weeks. I have 2 more boxes to go and then we should have enough to get us through the season.
I also tried a new recipe for chewy granola bars. I’m going to have to tweak the recipe a bit before sharing it. It didn’t turn out how I wanted. They do taste pretty good though. I think I shall have one just as soon as I finish this post.