Basket Of Bunnies (John and Jill’s kits Litter 1) Maniac Litter

Ohh the cuteness !!!  These are John and Jill’s kits at almost 4 weeks old.

Litter 1 the Maniac litter !! Ha Ha

Just wanted to share !!

Basket of Bunnies

Basket of Bunnies

John and Jill’s babies at 19 days old.

They are getting so big so fast I think. Today is day 21, but the pictures I post below will be of day 19.

Jill is such a good mom and John contributed to the cuteness and care of his babies.

Of the 4 babies I will be keeping one, the smallest, that resembles John the most. I tried to sex them again but they still all appear to be boys to me. Ha Ha Sexing is hard.

Here they are: how do they look ?

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

Maniac Litter

And of course little John. This is the one I’m keeping for my breeding program and to show in February 2013. If local and interested in one or all of the other 3, let me know. They will be ready to go when 8 weeks old. $7.00 each. Sex still unknown.

Maniac Litter (Little John)

Maniac Litter (Little John)

John and Jill’s kits at 14 days old.

Today John and Jill’s baby bunnies are 16 days old. They are growing nicely !!

They have their eyes wide open, nibbling on timothy hay and alfalfa and running circles around mom. I bought a 3 tier rabbit condo for inside the house that I figure I’d use for a housing and weaning area for the kits. I put a litter box in there to get them used to using a litter box. Of course they can only use the bottom of the condo for now so limiting space keeps them going back to the same spot to pee and poo.

I do have some interesting news about Jill and John – I now know Jill is a Mini Rex cross because breeding her to John who is a Standard Rex – she had 2 baby bunnies that have rex fur and 2 non-rex fur. So, she does carry the rex gene.

I did the Punnett Square on Jill and John to see what genotype their kits are – my conclusion on genotype is this  aaB-C-D-Ee for John and Jill’s 4 baby bunnies.

Rabbit Punnett Square

Rabbit Punnett Square

Here is what the Punnett Square dictates when breeding John to Jill. Although both loci in the B,C,D is still unknown for both Jill and John. You can see what the babies genotype is with what we do know about John and Jill.

I only have genotype for John and Jill’s visible phenotype : Please correct me if I’m wrong, still learning here. The only thing I do know  about the genotype is that John and Jill’s 4 kits will be all carrying non-extension. “Ee” Also, if  John and Jill ever give birth to Torts then I can add in “e” on John’s genotype. Same with if any dilutes show up, then I can go back and add one dilute “d” to both John and Jill’s genotype.

They are BB so Black no chocolate.
They are CC so full color, not chinchilla.
They are DD so full strength of color. So no dilute.
They are Ee so full extension of color.

Small “a” denotes self.  John’s “a” loci are known because he is an Otter so he carries two small “a”s at least one will have the attached “t”. Going by what I have written on the square for John and Jill, their babies will be dense (black based) Selfs, Otters, Torts (black non extension) and most likely Tort Otters.  Although, John and Jill didn’t have Otters, Torts or Tort Otters. There are however still many unknowns there such as whether there is dilute in the “D” loci, whether John has two non-extension or only one in the “E” loci.

For me to fill in the unknown in John  and Jill’s Punnett Square – John being an Otter, I would need to breed him to a Chocolate, something dilute, something REW or with REW to see what else is on John’s  B_C_D_ locus.

Again, I’m learning all this so if you see I have made a wrong conclusion or mistake, please leave me a comment. It would be appreciated.

I took some pictures of them on day 14. So darling !!

Maniac

Maniac

Maniac 2

Maniac 2

Maniac 3

Maniac 3

Maniac 4

Maniac 4

John and Jill’s kits 10 days old. (pictures)

Today Jill and John’s kits are 11 days old and doing very well. I took some pictures of them individually yesterday.

At this point I think (not sure this is all new to me) there are 3 boys and one girl. The smallest and my favorite being the girl. I will probably not know for sure till they are 6 or so weeks old but to inspect and guess is for when picking out names for my Rabbitry Records.

I would like to pick at least one for the Show coming up in February 2013,  see where my first litter of bunnies takes me in the Judges eyes.

Beings these two parents John and Jill are not pedigreed – this litter of bunnies will be the first generation listen on my Rabbitry Records and the start of my 4 generation pedigree for this bloodline. This is so exciting !!

Here are some pictures of the Maniac litter – how do they look ? They are 10 days old in these pictures I took yesterday.

Maniac Kit 1

Maniac Kit 1

Maniac Kit 2

Maniac Kit 2

Maniac Kit 3

Maniac Kit 3

Maniac Kit 4

Maniac Kit 4

 

 

Jean Doe is growing up nicely.

Jean is the bunny I got from my boss’s son the first week in September. She was so tiny when I brought her home, she must be a dwarf of some sorts because she has only maybe gained a pound if that and she is a wootz. She is the smallest rabbit I have and by the looks of it she will be staying a small rabbit.

She loves being in the house and running around with Stretch (my Holland Lop house rabbit) she was very easy to house train and she uses the litter box very well. Stretch had alot to do with that because he is 100% house broken, so the only pee and berries in the house is in the litterbox .. this helped Jean alot with house breaking. Actually, it helped with house breaking John and Jill too.

So if you plan on house breaking a rabbit, it’s a whole lot easier if you have a litterbox already with rabbit droppings (berries) and pee in it.  All you need to do then is keep the rabbit in a confined area like the kitchen for a few house and slowly give them more area to roam after they use the box a few times.  Just so you know.

Here is Jean – pictures taken today. Those color spots on her back did get darker as she aged and the weather cooled down. BTW. I’m still not sure what breed or mix of breeds she is so if you know please leave a comment. I haven’t checked her sex either since I brought her home so maybe the sex change fairy was around. Ha Ha I do think she’s a girl though. I’ll have to double check on of these days.

Jean Doe

Jean Doe

Jean Doe

Jean Doe

 

Jill and John’s kits are 8 days old !!

John and Jill’s baby bunnies are growing up nicely.  Absolutely Jill is a good mother. She had 4 kits and 4 are still alive. I read on a website usually first time mom rabbits don’t take care of their young or at least 1/2 the kits don’t survive. Jill had 4 kits and 4 kits are alive still. YAY !!

I named them the Maniac litter because they act like maniacs. Although for my rabbit records I’m going to use the letter “z” to name them. I didn’t sex them yet I figure wait till day 14 or 16 to do that as one website mentions.

Starlights 4 kits did die. 3 died the night of day 2 and the 3rd kit died the morning of day 3.  Darn it.

I’m thankful Jill’s 4 kits are well and active, I look forward to seeing them grow up and picking one to show. I do have an idea of which one but I’m sure you can tell until they are at least 6 weeks old.

Here’s a picture of the maniacs on day 7. They are so darling !!

Jill's 4 Maniacs

Jill’s 4 Maniacs

 

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits – Starlight and Bee had 4 kits !!

 

Yes, it is true !! Remember those 3 pregnant pedigreed show does I bought from a show breeder ? One of them did have babies after all !! 2 of them were not pregnant.

Starlight, the Black (CCDDBB (?)) Mini Rex bred to BumbleBee (still owned by the breeder) a Orange/Black Harlequine (A_B_C_D_ejej enen) Buck had 4 baby bunnies on October 7, 2012.

Starlight

Starlight

BumbleBee (Owned by Morgan)

BumbleBee (Owned by Morgan)

These 4 babies I hope make it, things didn’t go too well the first day and I had to do some emergency care. Beings I’m all new to rabbits and especially newborn kits – I managed rather well in dire straights and time being a factor in life or death. The 4 bunnies are nice, warm and snug in a nextbox with the mom in my living room.

Today is the second day for these 4 kits. Because of the first day being, not so good. I noticed they cannot maintain body heat on their own, so I must keep them warm by other means. I hope this doesn’t mean a certain death in the near future like some websites say, but so far so good. I had to do the hot water dipping to revive all kits after born. So .. I dunno.

I hope the mom starts tending to her kits at least once a day. Although she’s seems to not take interest at all. And they say on many websites hand raising newborn kits has a 90% mortality rate.

Last night I did dropper feed them a few drops each to hold them over. I used a mixture I found on the RabbitTalk website.

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup water

1 egg yolk

1/2 TBS light corn syrup  —  mix well and heat slow.

I did add to that mixture some Colostrum. I also didn’t add the whole 1/2 cup water.

This morning I fed them again and while I rubbed their privates with a warm wet cotton ball I noticed they poop and pee. So everything is going OK so far.

If I can keep them fed, warm and pee an pooped out – I’m hoping all will be good and well. At least until the mom decides to take over.

I would love to say these babies will be my show rabbits because that’s why Morgan bred them for me, but at this point, I just pray they make it to weaning time. I’ll keep you posted with updates and picture pages.

Starlight Kits Day 2

Starlight Kits Day 2

Starlight Kits Day 2

Starlight Kits Day 2