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
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 !!