Last time Big Mama gave birth, she did so after 30 days. So when I woke up this morning, Day 33, I REALLY expected to see baby rabbits. So imagine my surprise when I went out at 6am, and nothing. Last time, she gave birth in the dead of night. I was definitely starting to question my palpation skills (which are shaky to begin with), and was starting to wonder if this was a false pregnancy. Actually, a lot of things were going through my mind. I went back out at 7:30am, and BAM. Bunny bomb had gone off. (She really, really, really makes a mess of her hutch. Fur and blood everywhere, every time.) She also didn’t get as fat this time, so I also assumed the litter was smaller. Wrong on that count too – 9 kits total. However, this time, we had one DOA. It definitely perished sometime while still inside mom – it was mostly developed, but had some discoloration and was very small. So 8 live, squirmy, and apparently healthy kits. Way to go Big Mama! No pictures of them, I was ill prepared. Tomorrow. 🙂
Garden is STILL not in, weather is just not cooperating for tilling. My plants are exploding in their poor little pots, and I’m really trying to resist transplanting to larger (as I intend to put them in the ground anyways).
The other two litters are growing well..the older ones seem to be slowing down in weight gain. They’ll be 9 weeks in 2 more days, and may manage to tap 4lbs. I’d like to hold off to 5lbs – and honestly, the two does I’ll be keeping for now. The topic for next time – space, and how to fail to plan for growing litters. Case study: Me. How I long for a lot of land and outbuildings. 🙂 But I’ll probably have to build “up” and put another layer up to make sure we have enough room for growing buns.
Big Mama resting up. I didn’t get a photo of her right after the birth – but it’s better that way. She had a lot of blood on her, not a pretty sight!
My poor plants. They’re growing well, but it simply must stop raining so we can till!
Pack of babies. They’re starting to sleep a little less now, but they are still almost always snoozing when I come in.
Exercise set-up with 2 of the junior does.