The little ones can wander in and out of the nest so it’s hard to weigh them properly. Before they were so mobile, one would get weighed and put back in the nest and they’d pretty much stay put. Now, they scoot all over the place and it’s hard to figure out which black one is which.
The Ruby Eyed White is still the biggest one, by .01 ounce. The REW is 7 ounces, the next biggest black is 6.9 ounces. Followed by 6.4 ounces, 5.6 ounces and 4.8 ounces. That’s quite a bit of difference between the largest and the smallest. I think it will even out some when they start eating solid foods.
They’re getting bigger, all but one are now over five ounces. No wonder Cheiri is eating like a little piglet, she’s feeding bigger babies now. For the next two and a half to three weeks is probably the most stress on the mom bun. As the babies get bigger, she has to feed them more. However, they’ll start nibbling on solid food in about two weeks or so.
The little white one is now 5.6 ounces although one of the black ones is now bigger at 5.8 ounces. If we were picking bunnies to keep at this stage, those two would be at the top of the list. But, it’s still very early to see how they’ll be when grown up.
Cheiri could use a bit of grooming, but at this stage, we’re just letting her do nothing other than feed babies. In another three weeks when the babies are more or less weaned, then we will give Cheiri a good grooming since she won’t be all that stressed out anymore.
They are all there and they are ten days old. Most likely they will all survive at this point. Baby bunnies are very delicate and we lose them to being stepped on by the mum bun, being eaten by rats or ants, getting out of the nest or even off by themselves at the other side of the nest and getting chilled and dying, etc. etc. However, at ten days old, they’re becoming much less delicate. They still rely on mum bun for all of their sustenance at this point. Given another week, if they should lose mum, they’d have a chance of surviving but at this time they rely almost entirely on mum.
They’re getting better at moving themselves around and they mostly sleep upright now. They almost have their eyes starting to open, but they aren’t quite open yet. They have little itty bitty teeth although I think they have them almost from birth.
It was a rainy day today so we didn’t get out to visit with the bunnies much. Hopefully tomorrow we will get more pictures and visit with the little ones some more. The babies get picked up and scritched behind the ears, a little belly rub, etc. Being handled now keeps them pretty mellow as adults since they’re used to humans from the very beginning.
We did figure out how to get a countdown calendar for the upcoming litters added to the bottom of the webpage. Now instead of having to count on the calendar, we can just look at the bottom of the page. The Google page had a calendar that would keep counting past the event, but I think this one will just go to the event and then stop. Having one that keeps counting past the time makes it easy to see how old the babies are, maybe one like that will show up at some point. I’m still learning how to manage the website.
This is Cheiri with a grass mustache! Yay! When female rabbits are getting ready to build a nest, they gather up grasses to line the nest. Which gives them a ‘grass mustache’ and is a really good thing if one is hoping for baby bunnies. She’s actually quite a few days early for this, though, usually a doe will build her nest about four days before having babies and she’s not due until May 4th.
Sandy has been pulling wool, which is another thing prospective bunny moms do. So hopefully we may have two litters this round.
Both of them were bred to Gomez, a black buck on loan. He’s been eating a different feed than the Nutrena 18% “Performance” rabbit feed that the rest of the herd has been eating. Since he brought a half bag of his feed with him, he’s been eating the same feed. He met up with Cheiri, Sandy, Sirocco and Cocoa Puff, so he was a busy boy. Two of them, Cheiri and Sandy are making nests so we are really hopeful of some new litters the first week of May.
This is Sirocco, who has also been with Gomez, but she hasn’t started building a nest yet. Still, the other two are days earlier than usual for nest building and some never build a nest at all, so we still don’t know if she will be a mom bunny or not. However, her coat is growing in as an angora coat. She’d molted to a very short coat and had a very clean molt, so I wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do when she grew in her new coat. If she has a litter we will probably keep them all to see if they also will molt cleanly.
Looking back over the database, in the past twelve months, there have been 18 matings. (This doesn’t include the current five we are waiting to see if there will be a litter.) Of those 18 matings, only two produced a litter and both of them were a litter of 3. The first litter was one live birth and two stillborn. The second litter was three live births but then the dam didn’t make any milk to feed them so we lost all three. Which means one new bunny in the past twelve months!
According to our database, we had 23 matings in 2012. Seven of them were unsuccessful, although all but one of the unsuccessful matings were with the same doe. She never did have a litter so it was probably something wrong with her and not the mating procedure. So, figure she’s a barren doe for whatever reason, remove the six matings with her, that leaves 17 matings, only one of which didn’t take. There were 79 offspring in 2012 out of 17 matings. So that’s an average of about five bunnies per litter. Using the same average, we should have had about 85 baby bunnies in the past 12 months.
In 2013, there were six matings, four unsuccessful and the two litters were of 4 and 7. That’s a one out of three average.
In 2014 there were 14 matings and only four of them were successful. Those were a litter of 10, 8, 6 and then 1. That’s one litter out of 3.5 matings, a little higher average than 2013. And a higher litter size of 6.25 average. Wish I would have kept records of what they were being fed at these times.
In 2015 there were 15 matings and only five were successful. That’s back to the one litter in three matings ratio. The results were a litter of 4, 5, 4, 5 and 5. Average litter size of 4.6, so that’s less than 2014.
In 2016 there were 24 matings and only eight were successful. Back to the one in three ratio. The resulting litters were 7, 1, 2, 3, 7, 6, 3 (two stillborn), & 3. That’s an average litter size of 4 if the still borns are included.
Of the litters that were supposed to be born this year, the six early January ones didn’t show up. The four for early April didn’t show up and we are still waiting to see how the ones which are supposed to show up in early May will do. However, Cheiri with a grass mustache is a good hopeful sign.
It’s Dozer’s Birthday! He is now seven years old, not sure what that would be in human years but in bunny years that’s quite elderly.
Grinlow’s DozerDoze is one of the foundation bucks for the herd here, he is one of the three who were imported from the mainland. So, Hoppy Birthday Dozer! He’s enjoying a birthday carrot and ti leaves.
We’re hoping for some new fuzzy faces here hopefully around the first week of April. Dozer’s son, Phineus Phogge, has met up with Ginger and there should be baby bunnies in April. Ginger isn’t the best mom, though, she’s lost litters before by not taking care of them. In hopes of having surrogate mums if necessary, Sandy Storm and Cocoa met up with Sydney.
That was a week ago, I’m thinking maybe Myste wants to meet up with Phineus and maybe Suzie as well. We need more white bunnies and Suzie meeting up with Phin may produce a white baby, if they meet up, maybe we will find out.