John X Splash (Litter B)

This will be my “B” litter beings CupCake X Jack’s litter was my “A” litter.

Today was their first day out of the nest box and away from mom. They did very well.

I took pictures and a quick video when I returned them to mom. They didn’t want to stay in the next box at first – they wanted to meet my dog and hang out with mom in the cage area. I thought that was cute.

I’m not sure if this here broken is a broken black Otter or not. I will need to get a confirmation on that. The two that look like John are black Otter although one is better marked than the other. The one with better markings is the only male and looks exactly like John. Although I hope this baby doesn’t have John’s scattered white hairs. ;o) John has a fault with his scattered white hairs on his body.

How do they look ? So darling I think !!! This is my second successful litter.

Bunny One – my first broken bunny !! I need to ask someone if I can show this one. She has a little white slit down her nose butterfly .. not sure if that’s a DQ  or not. She also has some white going about 1/4 up her ears .. The SOP says full butterfly/color on ears  – I need to get a professional opinion. If these are just a fault I’d like to show her.

Rex Rabbit

This is the mark  on her butterfly.  ???

Rex Rabbit

Bunny Two – this one doesn’t have the distinct tan triangle on the back of her neck – but it’s there. I hope it gets more pronounced as she grows up. She is also the smallest bunny of the 3.

Rex Rabbit

Bunny Three – This one here has funky looking eye markings. But looks the most like John and has a distinct tan triangle on the back of his neck.

Rex Rabbit

Fun Pictures ;o)

Rex Rabbits

Rex Rabbits

 

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Baltimore & Howard County Spring Show April 6, 2013

April 6, 2013

Howard County Fairgrounds,
2210 Fairgrounds Rd.
West Friendship, Md 21794

This will be my second Show YAY !! I have entered John my only Standard Rex Black Otter and one of my home breds Jack x CupCake Red Junior Mini Rex does. Soo exciting to show one of my own !!

Today I’m doing some grooming and picture taking. I will update this post afterwards.

WOOT WOOT !!

 

My first Rabbit Show – I entered my Standard Rex John

YAY !!

I decided to take my Standard Rex John after all. He is my favorite and the King of all rabbits around here. When I first bought him off Craigslist in July – I had every intention on taking him to a show. So I decided to not let him down.

He did rather well – all things considered.

He didn’t like the show cage I bought for him, he’s not used to staying in a cage of any sorts. But I did buy the second smallest at the vendor.

John Standard Rex

 

John @ Lebanon Expo Feb 2-3 2013

This is what John and I came home with after our first Rabbit Show.

John Ribbons

I had so much fun !!

I’m looking forward to our next show – maybe by that time I can take one of CupCake’s babies !!

 

CupCake x Jack Mini Rex Bunnies 8 weeks old

The Mini Rex baby bunnies are 8 weeks old and are successfully weaned from mom. I’ve determined there are 5 female and one male. The Cream colored bunny being the only male.

Not sure on the colors though (if you know for sure please leave a comment) they seem to keep changing as they get older. For the most part the cream, opal and red are staying the same .. it’s the other 3 that go threw color changes. I was told that’s the Agouti genes – you never know the final color till they molt their first coat around 5 – 8 months.

Here they are … whatcha think ?

CupCake x Jack 8 weeks old

 

Female Mini Rex

Female Mini Rex

Female Mini Rex

 

Male Mini Rex

 

Female Mini Rex

Female Mini Rex

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Understanding Punnett Squares (Opal x Castor)

This is Jack and CupCake.

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And these are their kits at 2 days old. I’m taking a guess I see castor, lilac, and chocolate based kits. Some are self and some have pattern. I am honestly in hopes that one in the right picture all the way to the left is a red. Keeping fingers crossed.  😀

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Here is the Punnett Square for the kits I made with Jack and CupCakes genotype based on the phenotype alone. I think this is the correct way to present a punnett square.

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Ok that posted. Here goes. Ha.

This is how I understand the Letter gene series.

The A gene can only be 3 things – agouti “A”, tan “at” or self “aa”.

CupCake and Jack both have one “A” in their phenotype, the other gene is unknown – but now I have kits from them so here goes.  😯 So if one of the babies is all brown (chocolate) or a self, that would mean both CupCake and Jack need to have each contributed the “a” gene. Is this right ?

Ok, now if at least one of the kits is a self chocolate or solid color (for example) – both CupCake and Jack contributed the “a” gene meaning on the punnett square I can change both CupCake and Jacks phenotype to “Aa”. That’s how I understand it.

On to the B series. “B” black and “b” brown (chocolate) – dilute of black is blue and dilute of brown (chocolate) is lilac. Ok same thing here – if one of the kits from CupCake and Jack is brown (chocolate) then each parent had to contribute the “b” gene. This means I can change both CupCake and Jacks phenotype on the punnett square to “Bb”. That’s how I understand it.

Now the C gene, this letter series is complicated but I think I know the basics. Correct me if I’m wrong. The C series is responsible for full colors. I know CupCake and Jack are not “c” meaning REW (ruby eyed white) so no “c” in the phenotype. Also none of the kits are REW so I think it’s safe to say no “c” gene. At least so far with one breeding. Not sure what to put on the punnett square other than one “C” for both CupCake and Jack. I’m leaning toward C(chd) but I don’t know enough yet so I leave the C location alone for now.

Ok the D series is density and dilution of color. “D” dense, “dd” dilute and “Dd” dense carrying dilute. Simple enough. So if one of CupCake and Jacks kits is a lilac that means each parent contributed a “d” gene. Meaning I can change both Jack and CupCake to “Dd” on the punnett square.

And finally the E series which is responsible for extension or non-extension of color down the hair shaft. There is a whole slew of them but I figure process of elimination here. “EE” full extension of color, “ee” non extension of color, “Ee” extension carrying non extension and “enen” solid color. At this point I don’t think any of the other genes in this letter series apply – but I dunno and I’m not quite sure how “enen” fits in either with the solid color. If someone could explain that would be great.  :geek:

— about this E series – I think because I see a possible red (not sure of that either) I assume I can change both Jack and CupCakes punnett square to “Ee” ? and tag onto that “en” because the possible chocolate, lilac and red appear one color – so there would have to be a solid color gene in there somewhere. Still learning all this though.  😉

So here is the new punnett square – with what I think looking at the kits. What do you think ? Corrections ?

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(John x Jill) Jade – Solid Black – 8 weeks old.

This is a kit from the very first litter of my Breeding Project. I believe a male, but because I’m new to all this rabbit stuff – I could be wrong. I’m pretty sure Jade is a male though.

John (Black Otter) x Jill (Black Tort) = Jade aaB-C-D-Ee carries the rex gene.

This baby is friendly, used to being handled, not afraid of a dog or cat and loves to sit with us on the sofa. This baby bunny loves his people and knows the litterbox.

This bunny is listed on my For Sale page.

Jade

Jade

 

Jade

Jade

 

 

YAY – I also created a Weebly site for Kirst Rabbitry – Check it out !!

In addition to The Rabbit Hole discussion forum I also over the past few days created a site on Weebly for Kirst Rabbitry.

I figured having a website to showcase all my rabbits would be ideal instead of paging threw all the wordpress posts to see pictures of my rabbits.

The new website is simple and you can click the tab that interests you most like the boys or the girls or the for sale or the gallery and wallah.

I’m not sure how to link them all yet but for now the new website will do if anyone wants to see info conveniently in one place.