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Aaargh! Vienna Gene Again!

See the white spot on the head of the chocolate baby?  That’s an instant disqualification at a bunny show when you’re an English angora bunny.  Sigh!  I’d thought I’d gotten all of this out of the herd earlier when Morpheus and most of his offspring were removed.

I’d also gotten the two black does mixed up.  It gets hard to read the tattoos sometimes after the bunnies get older.  So, the mother of this litter is Janet, NOT Jessie.   Janet could be a Vienna Carrier, but Jessie is of different bloodlines.

Janet’s g’g’g’grandsire was Tails of Paradise Stealth, whom I called ‘Zephyr’ since Tails of Paradise Stealth is a pretty lame name for a rabbit.  Stealth had been owned by someone breeding for Blue Eyed Whites which involves the Vienna gene which along with being necessary to get a blue eyed white rabbit, also causes all these white marks on their heads which makes them unshowable bunnies.

Stealth met up with Bumblebee Acres Forever (another less than stellar name, IMHO but much better than Zephyr’s.  I’d renamed BBA Forever ‘Cloud’ although her pedigree kept the original name).  They produced Hillside Anela who went to live with Dr. Mina in Hilo.  Anela met up with Bumblebeeacres Harry Potter and they produced AJM’s Toffee.  Toffee came to live here at Hillside and met up with Grinlow’s Dozer.  They produced Hillside Nicky Epstein who in turn met up with Hillside Country Cousin and they had Janet.

So, more than likely that white dot on the little chocolate bunnies head is from five generations back.  Maybe I’ll just breed Ruby Eyed White rabbits so they’re all white and I don’t have to worry about if they have any additional white-on-white disqualifying  marks on their head.

Little bunners and excavators

Gayle still has her four little bunnies.  They’re fat and full, so she’d a good mum bunny.

They’re doing well and staying warm.  It’s kinda nice for baby bunnies to be summer babies since it’s not as cold at night.  Although, around here ‘cold’ is anything below sixty.

The other three does who were supposed to have babies this round, Suzie, Sirocco and Jessie, don’t seem to be in the mood.  I’ll give them another day or two before letting them meet up with the boy bunnies again, but it’s looking less likely that they will have any.

baby white bunny on nest box looking down on the four black ones

Didn’t want to forget the first batch of babies now that there’s four new ones.   We may have Zookie Schwartz and Zeus.   The white one may be Zeus since he’s a male and will probably be staying here and the name starts with a ‘Z’?

Hopefully this upcoming week will have a lot of bunny time.  Shear everybunny who needs a haircut, do a deep cleaning on the hutch and maybe start on the buck hutch?  It’s hard to know if it’s worthwhile getting started when the bunnies will be moving yet again sometime soonish maybe.

view after the excavator cleared things

The excavator cleared the line of trees that used to be between us and the neighbors.  That’s going to be a mock orange hedge  now, I think.  Too bad bunnies can’t eat mock orange.

Yay Gayle! Way to go Phineus!

nest with four newborn baby bunnies
Fresh baby bunnies!

Yay Gayl!  Good job, Phineus!  Woot!  Four more baby bunnies!

There’s one pink one (most likely a Ruby Eyed White), one chocolate and two black ones.  This is Gayle’s first litter as well as Phineus’ first litter so we have two first time parents.  Gayle built a nest and put the babies in it.  Although she also put the ti leaf in there, too, so she’s still at the fill the nest stage, I guess.  I gave her some more grasses so she can eat the ti leaf and put the grasses in there.

I had hoped Jessie, Suzie & Sirocco were going to have babies, too, but they don’t seem to have any.  Sirocco hasn’t even bothered to make a nest but Jessie & Suzie had made nests.  There’s still a day or two left before we can figure there won’t be any, but if they do have them they will be taking longer than usual.

another view of the newborn baby bunnies

I didn’t want to take them all out of the nest since they’re still so new, but I think at least some part of all four of them is visible.

So with these babies, we now know that Gayle has the recessives for chocolate and REW and we know that Phineus has the recessive for REW, too.  Yay!  It’s always good to find out more about a bunnies color genetics so we can figure out which colors to expect.

And there’s an excavator in the back yard!

excavator up behind a house with an ocean view in the background

The big pile of brush and trees that had been piled up there earlier is all gone now.  Yay!  Now we just need to figure out what sort of house to build there.   The bunnies will get a bigger and better bunny yard, too.

Nothin’ Yet

chocolate agouti angora bunny looking out of her space

For some strange reason Sirocco climbed over the wall between her space and Cheiri & the babies’ space.  Haven’t a clue why, she has her own nest box, food dishes, etc.  But for some reason, she was in with Cheiri and the babies this afternoon.  Their nest box had been turned over so there’d probably been some sort of commotion going on, but when I was out there to feed every bunny they were  all pretty chill.

Haven’t a clue why she wanted to go exploring today.  Bunnies are pretty strange.

No baby bunnies yet, although it’s still a bit early so there may still be some.  Guess I have no patience.

Haven’t had much bunny time today, nothing much fun – just a buncha work, but got tons of that done at least.  Boring, I know, no pictures of baby bunnies for two days in a row!  I’m hoping to get this huge project done (again – this will be the third time it’s been ‘done’) tomorrow, so then there will be bunny, garden and blog time starting perhaps Friday.

 

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

Well, that sounds like the beginning of a second rate novel, now doesn’t it?  It wasn’t actually all that stormy but it was dark and it was raining so it was almost a dark and stormy night.  Although it wasn’t really storming, just raining, but it was enough that tonight’s bunny update is that there is no update.

Too dark to take pictures and all the bunnies were sleeping and too wet to weigh them so not much to report today.  No new bunnies, either, but they aren’t due until tomorrow anyway.

Hopefully a much better report tomorrow.

One Month & One Day

The bunnies aren’t getting any new drastic size changes now that they’re a month old.  When they’re very small, they seem to change quicker.  Now they look like small bunnies instead of baby bunnies, but they still don’t look as fluffy as they will in a couple of weeks.

little black bunny sticking out his tongue

Zookie Schwartz is still being his usual quirky self.  Today he stuck his tongue out at the camera.  Guess he wanted something tasty instead of a flash bulb.

red leaf lettuce in the garden

Not sure why the dark red color doesn’t come through in pictures.  There’s more green in the lettuce along side  of it, too.

crowded leaf lettuces

It’s about time to thin the lettuce in the garden.  Still no beans yet, though.  We’ve had a few messes of beet greens, those are quite tasty.

Down to the last forty eight hours before we can hope to see more baby bunnies!  It seems like it takes forever sometimes, but considering how long folks with horses and cows have to wait to see if there will be babies, I suppose we’d get no sympathy if we complain.

One Month Old!

One month old today!  They’re all still here and doing well, Cheiri is a good mum bunny.  They aren’t quite weaned, but almost.  Within another week or so, they’ll be entirely eating solid foods.

The little white one likes to sit on the nest box.  Either he’s part vulture or he wants to be in charge, I’m not sure which.

This is Gayle three days before hopefully there will be baby bunnies.  She’s kinda looking plump in the middle and she’s laying about instead of nibbling on the grasses.  She’s already built a nest so she doesn’t need to put the grasses into the nest.  Frequently does will get real lethargic a couple of days before birth.  Resting up for the big event, perhaps?  Three more days before we find out if there will be baby bunnies!  Hopefully the change in diet is working, we will see.

So other than bunnies, there was an Orchid Show in Hilo today.

Some of these orchids looked like inter-planetary aliens.

Others looked like flocks of butterflies.

 

Some were pretty orchids

big hot pink orchids

Some were pretty outrageously colored

big display of orchids

And there were just piles of them everywhere.  The whole Edith Kanakaole stadium (where they hold the Merrie Monarch hula competition) was full of orchids everywhere.  It smelled really nice.

And they were selling the orchids, too!  Folks were taking loads of them home.

They do this in Hilo every year, should you feel the need to get orchids to go with fuzzy bunnies.