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.
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
- Rabbit Workout Program (cjsbunnies.wordpress.com)