Cheiri and Gomez are now parents! Woot! This is Cheiri’s second litter and Gomie’s first.
The pink one will hopefully grow up to be an albino bunny – white with ruby eyes which we usually call a ‘REW’ or ‘roo’. The black one will be a black bunny. If they survive, there’s all sorts of things that can go wrong when they’re this young.
When this picture was taken, the pink one was about half an hour to forty five minutes old and the black one about four minutes old. The picture was taken about twenty minutes ago, so there may be more, it’s still early yet. Not quite sure how long it takes a doe to complete a litter.
I’d gone out early this morning to check on the buns and Cheiri had the little roo baby. I’d given her some calf manna and black oil sunflower seeds as a treat and she was chowing down on them while I checked her nest. There was just the one baby at the time and since she was chowing down, I thought perhaps there’d be just one.
Then I went out to take a picture of the baby and she was in the nest so I left her alone and watered the new garden instead.
It doesn’t take too long to water a small garden and when I went back to see if Cheiri wanted some ti and mulberry leaves she was out of the nest area and there was a new baby in the nest. Yay!
This is the first litter we’ve had in about a year and the first since we’ve switched to organic alfalfa pellets. Although, Cheiri would have been on the old diet for the first week of her pregnancy, but Gomez was always eating a different brand of pellet. I don’t know yet if this would have happened anyway or if it’s the result of the new diet.
Cheiri had been with Gomez for a few days and had she had a litter from the first day she was with him, it would have been two days ago. So of the five bred does, she’d have had less time pregnant (by two days) at the time of the switch over to the new organic diet.
It’s so good to see baby bunnies again! Hopefully these will be fed and turn out well. Baby bunnies are extremely delicate. If they do well, we will probably keep both of them unless they’re both bucks, then one buck may go to a new home.