One of the newest members of Bella’s Bunnies, she still needs a name, enjoys her first taste of an apple treat!
Drat…it’s snowing again and we are expected to get 4-8″ tonight. It’s March, and it’s time for spring time already!!! I recently received a dehydrator and the rabbits devoured some homemade dried apple slices this morning…even the small babies tried to get in a bit before the treat monger (Tiger) snatched them up! The 4 velveteen kits are doing phenomenal. Looks like I have 3 girls and 1 boy. I’m going to hang onto all 3 girls and possibly the boy as well for now. It’s just a fabulous litter that I think will be great for our success here. Pokerface has 4 English Lop kits left, 1 orange, 1 fawn, 1 cream and 1 black tort. You can see them in the picture below. They opened their eyes today so all is wondrous I’ve been supplementing them (I’ll post a video later) with some extra milk since they’ve been skinnier than I would like to see at this point in the game. I think Poker wants a vacation for awhile after this litter (which she has deserved). The other 7 English Lop babies are doing well at Barnes’ Bunny Barn. I included a picture of them here but its best to keep up with their progression on our facebook page! I will be keeping 1 from each litter and the rest will be available for sale around May. Collins has not kindled yet but she should tonight or tomorrow…she is on my s&#^ list even though I love her. She is the perfect example of why a good brood doe is worth their weight in gold. Collins has been bred 6 times and she has ONLY raised 2 kits to full maturity!!!
Pokerface x Frosted Luck’s litter. Great example (from top to bottom) of different shades of orange. You can see the comparison of the solid orange, the broken fawn (middle) and a broken cream (bottom).
The litter of Miss Farrah and Mr. Cleo (officially ARBA red-seal registered). From left to right, broken chestnut, orange, broken opal (?), orange, chestnut, broken chestnut.
- 17 Kits & Counting (bellasbunnies.com)
Expecting two more litters which will be Collins x Domino (velveteen lops) and Penny x Mr. Cleo (english lops). Both of these ladies had litters that they lost so they were rebred. Penny had hers this morning and they didn’t make it, for a new mom this is typical. She had 6 total with a mix of broken and solid opals. I just missed the window of opportunity to save them unfortunately Pokerface (pictured making her nest below) is a good momma once again, and kindled 7 babies but lost 1. There is a mix of solids and brokens of torts, oranges and possibly cream or frost. The other English Lop babies are at another local breeder, Barnes’ Bunny Barn, as it was a co-breeding between their doe and our buck, Mr. Cleo. Tiger’s little guys are doing well still and their cuteness kills me everyday. We got quite a bit of snow the other day but it is all gone now! Been warming hope lately…we’re all ready for spring here!
- Tiger’s Last Litter (bellasbunnies.com)
Even though the recent cold snap had nothing to do with it we are down to zero English Lop babies. On a lighter note, I should be overrun with youngsters in February through March. Two Velveteens and three English ladies are/will be bred. I still have my reserves from the waiting lists from these past litters that were unfulfilled who will get first choice with these next litters. I’m getting more and more excited each day for the PA state rabbit convention! Should be great fun and lots of competition. I’ve itched to get some of my youngsters on the tables. Bella’s Bunnies River (from my last English litter) will also be there at her first competition! I’m leaning towards going to very big shows instead of small ones this year. I would love to attend Lop Nationals and the Velveteen Lop Specialty show (which are both in Ohio). A distance for sure, but definitely doable. We will be checking in after the show to let you all know how we fared and as always to keep you updated on the coming litters.
If you follow us on facebook you will see that I lost a English Lop baby this morning…looks like he wasn’t getting enough to eat. So we are down to 3 opals and 1 chestnut for babies. I currently have 2 of them spoken for as of now. Collins, the velveteen lop, was rebred to Domino (tri-color) since she faked her pregnancy and no babies were to be had. We should see them born around Valentine’s Day. I only have 1 velveteen lop buck left currently from the previous litter and at this point I’m going to hold onto him. If I decide to keep him then his father, Che, will be for sale. Right now my main focus is preparing for the Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association State Convention which is the first weekend in February It should be a very big show with lots of competition! The picture below is of the English Lop litter who are currently about a week old!
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
Well all the babies from the past 2 litters are gone and the last one available is pending (black tort doe) so if you were interested there is still time to snatch her up. I do still have Robin Hood available for sale although I will be taking him to shows starting in September which if he does well on the tables will only make his price go up. He’s a sweetie and from what I hear back from my buyers this entire litter are clowns and are a joy to have around!
p.s. We are going to try Sherwood Forest’s Natural Rabbit Food soon…I’ll be posting some information on pellets and feeding and as well let you know what I think about this company!
- Cute Overload (bellasbunnies.com)
Finally I’ve measured ears, clipped toenails, took plenty of pictures and all the pages have been updated. I’ve been updated quite a bit from Caesar’s new owner and she reports he is amazing. They call him their ‘cat’ as he is a spoiled house rabbit that likes to jump on everything and run around like a crazy bunny! It sounds like his new owner is super satisfied with his awesome personality.
English Lops For Sale
Velveteen Lops For Sale
English Lop Bucks
All the babies are growing so fast. The English Lop babies are just as inquisitive as ever. I had them out tonight and they were absolutely adorable bouncing across the lawn. They are no more than 5-6″ long at this age. I’ve included a bunch of pictures of all the cuteness. I took individual pictures of all the English babies and they are officially named. That will be posted tomorrow For some reason this litter was super easy to sex, unlike the last litter. As it is I’m still on the fence about Mr. Cleo/Cleopatra (even at 5 months). He/she may be a hermaphrodite which can pop up every now and again in rabbits.
Mr. Cleo or Cleopatra?!
They’re getting so big! This is Caesar.
Finally after my last group of English Lop babies (which had 7 boys out of 9) I’ve got a few does in this litter! I will post some pics soon since they are freaking adorable. The broken black tort and one of the broken blue torts look like bucks and the rest are little ladies. As always, they are still very young so this figure might change but I’m pretty confident no one is going to ‘change’ on me.
The Velveteen Lop litter is still doing well. It will be another 2 weeks before I’ll attempt to see what the split is there