If you are a fan of Bella’s Bunnies on Facebook then you have already heard the news that Pokerface (English lop) kindled 5 kits yesterday around 5pm. All healthy and happy even in the cold weather! Looks like we have opals, chestnut agoutis or chinchillas. Hard to tell who is who right now and next week will bring the final roll call. The bunny barn is kept above freezing so they should all make it but the first week or two are always uncertain. One of my velveteen lops, Collins, should as well be popping out a litter tomorrow or Wednesday as well but time will tell. Palpation of her stomach does not reveal to much so I hope she is bred to begin with. We are expecting tri’s, blacks and among others with this litter. There still are 2 velveteen lop babies from the last litter that are developing very nicely. It has been very hard to narrow down the best out of that litter and their personalities are very sweet. This is no surprise as their mother is a therapy rabbit and their father is the sweetest buck I own.
5 healthy English Lop kits.
A very pregnant Pokerface
This will be a short post but Pokerface kindled Friday morning. She had 10 but one died at birth. All 9 are doing well so far! Looks like there are orange, blue tort and broken blue tort but I’ll be able to tell their colors better in a few days. She is a real trooper and started pulling fur on the way back to NY Thursday night! Thankfully she didn’t have them in the morning but with all the travel and environmental changes I didn’t expect much. Sometimes with all the stress does will choose to neglect or even eat the kits. Like the title suggests, she’s my best momma. Another huge litter!!!
You know you want to be in here.
I was very ‘productive’ this morning and spent some time playing and photographing the little ones. Based on your votes on the naming poll (+ my vote) the ‘famous lovers’ category was the most popular! The babies were officially named and assigned a tattoo number. I am confident about their sexes but you never know. Tentatively there are 5 bucks and 4 does. I named one of the does Aphrodite and then a few of the bucks after some of her lovers (she is the Greek Goddess of love after all) to combat the uneven numbers. The other couples I picked were Caesar and Cleopatra, Robin Hood and Maid Marion, and Romeo and Juliet. They all weighed in around 6-7 ounces except for one little fatty (Robin Hood) who tipped the scale at 7.7 oz! At least now we know who is hogging all the milk. Enjoy the pics (they are just as soft, warm and cute as they look!) and be sure to check out the newly updated ‘For Sale’ page!
We love to organize ourselves by color.
And some of the out-takes
Oh, was I suppose to stay still?!
Can I eat this?
So many things to explore!
Today happened to be my day off and also Tiger Lily’s due date for my first litter of Velveteen Lops. When I woke up this morning I went out right away to see if I had any gifts in the nestbox but alas she hadn’t even prepared her nest and pulled fur yet. Bummer. I went back inside, had breakfast and about an hour later went back outside to feed all the buns. I noticed a lot of fur flying around in Tiger’s cage and she was pulling her fur out to make her nest…hooray! Usually they do this 2-3 days before they are about to give birth so my excitement was still subdued. Anyway, about 10 minutes later I noticed her in the nestbox “assuming the position” and caught her in the act of having her kits! Usually rabbits have their babies in the early morning or evening hours when threats of predators are low. I guess Tiger didn’t get the memo as it was about 9:30am. I didn’t get a real good video of her actually pulling the kits out as her back was to me but netherless it was pretty sweet. I’ve only witnessed a rabbit having her kits one other time and that was when I had the rabbit in my bedroom when I was raising them for 4-H (so alot easier to catch). It only took her about 10-12 minutes to get the job done, she’s obviously a pro. Afterwards she was begging for attention and ravenous for food as she hadn’t had her breakfast yet. She got a few extra treats today (for good cause) and all the pets she wanted. While she was eating I peeked inside and made sure all the kits were alive and well. I counted 7 kits, 3 light ones (probably orange) and 4 dark. I’m guessing either a blue or opal. It looks like they are all solid as well. The babes will be ready to go to their new homes around 12/20 as this puts them at 8 weeks. I will be keeping 1 baby and offering the rest for sale. I will update in a few weeks with pictures and more info!
Well the remaining 6 kits are healthy and happy. Everything seems as it will be smooth-sailing from here. I’ve already had a few interests in reserving babies so if you really want one let me know! I’ve updated the sale page to show their 1 week old photos!
I lost another last night which was expected. The other weak one was even worse so I spent a better part of the morning trying to feed him. I don’t expect him to make it past the afternoon. The other six are jumpy, plump, active little critters. They should all make it at this point. I posted their colors and availability on the for sale page if you want to take a look. I will be updating pics of them every week.
Well I lost 1 baby last night. Another might join him. He was especially weak and I had to give him some sugar water. He was so cute though…opened his mouth as big as he could to drink from the teaspoon. I had to help Derby feed them today. Many of them were very skinny and looked like they hadn’t eaten in awhile. We shall see what the morning brings. Some of them possibly look like they may have a small broken pattern. The pictures are of the group and then the little guy I fed some sugar water to. He got alittle wet so he had to snuggle in a towel for alittle before I returned him to the nest.
All is well in lop land. The babies are starting to show their color. Looks like broken blue torts and blue torts. All are still well. I’m so happy things are going smoothly so far. I can’t wait to have bouncing baby Elops!
p.s. You can also notice she hadn’t pulled any fur yet. Guess she missed that memo.
So Derby is holding out to the last second till the ‘little monsters’ are born. It has been unseasonably warm again (90-100 degrees) and she is very pregnant. Looks like it will be another large litter. Her last few days have consisted of lying on the cool dirt under the cages all stretched out. Poor momma. If babies don’t arrive by the weekend I will be giving her some raspberry tea leaves to ingest to help induce her. I included some pics below of the rabbits enjoying their yard, you can see what a big bunny belly Deby has!