Well, we’d hoped for some new bunnies this past weekend, at least one of the four should have had a litter, one would expect. However, there were none! So, we will try again, however it would be really helpful if there was any idea as to why there’s no litters appearing.
Currently the theories as to why no babies is either the bucks got too hot last summer in the heat and are temporarily sterile. Although they should have gotten over that by now, I’d hope. Or that the feed has been contaminated with herbicide when the alfalfa was grown. Apparently a lot of farmers are now using RoundUp Ready alfalfa or some such thing and the traces of herbicide left on the alfalfa affect fertility. Doesn’t harm horses who are mostly the ones eating the alfalfa, but for bunnies, I guess they’re more sensitive than horses. Also, probably not as many of the horse folks are trying to breed their horses.
So, we will try again and change out to a lot of forage foods for the breeding herd.
In other bunny news, Phineus Phogge just had his first birthday.
Happy Birthday Phin!
He has some almost bright brown on his face now, not sure how that came about with his lilac color. Lilac is technically a diluted chocolate, but he’s almost got a bright red mask on. I suppose that could be a chocolate mask, but it looks more red than chocolate. It’s about time for him to get another haircut, maybe it will change back to his more usual warm gray when his next coat grows in. Bunnies do change their color somewhat between one coat and the next.
Well, I’ll go out and see which girls want to meet up with which boys and see if we can figure out the lack of baby bunnies. This has been an ongoing difficulty for the past several years.