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Keebler's had a bit of a setback Positive Update this evening :-)

2 days ago he was 2.5 ounces. Yesterday he was bouncy and hard to weigh, but somewhere between 2.5 and 2.75 ounces. I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Today he was back to 2.5 ounces and pretty quiet. Worse he was thin and wrinkly, and the tent test said possibly dehydrated.

I decided the best bet was to try supplemental feeding, so after research I picked up some Kitten Milk Replacer.

The feeding didn't go as well as I'd hoped. I got some into him and he seemed to like it. But I don't think I got enough into make any sort of difference. Their bellies should fill like little ping pong balls; his was as flat after as before. It may at least have re-hydrated him. Hopefully I didn't introduce any bacteria into him or cause any other problems.

He was very quiet after; I wasn't sure if I'd killed him or if he was just content wrapped in his toasty towel.
Posted by magical thyme | Thu Jun 9, 2016, 04:18 PM (8 replies)

Day 6 and Keebler the elf turned brown overnight!

Since he's the furthest "behind" on development, I'm expecting the 3 blacks will not turn. So it looks like I have 2 black girls, 1 black boy, 3 agouti boys, 1 agouti girl, and Nilla.

I was thinking last evening and again this morning that other than the 1st day when I got peed on my finger, I haven't seen any pee at all. Nilla answered my concern, letting me know while I was weighing her, that her peepee is just fine, tyvm.

So I went searching for pee in their nest box and discovered that they are peeing in the opposite end from where they sleep. The newspaper under them is dry, but in the back is pretty damp. Tomorrow I'll be replacing it; I would today but don't want to disturb their beauty rest again.

In the meantime, this group photo really highlights the agouti versus black babies:

Posted by magical thyme | Wed Jun 8, 2016, 01:34 PM (11 replies)

3 black bunnies turned brown overnight!

The biggest one, Cookie Monster, also grew a white spot on the top of his head. All 8 are still doing quite well. Keebler the elf has grown to 2.75 ounces now and was quite active this afternoon.

Here is a picture of Cookie Monster, who now looks to be a boy. With the picture enlarged he looks like he's going to be a chestnut/agouti like his mom!

This is what the agouti pattern looks like when you spread out an adults wool:

Posted by magical thyme | Tue Jun 7, 2016, 08:35 PM (7 replies)

Day 4 & I've name the runt baby in the cookie tradition: Keebler

He's gained 1/2 ounce since birth, weighing in now at 2 ounces. The next smallest was 2 ounces at birth and has also gained 1/2 for 2.5 oz.

5 more weigh between 2.75 and a solid 3 ounces (Nilla is 3 ounces) and the biggest has reached 3.5 ounces.

Actually, it looks like they've all gained ~1/2 ounce, so Keebler gets 1st prize for growth, with 33% weight gain compared to just 16% for the biggest guy

I forgot to mention that Saturday evening when I held Snickers for feeding how LOUD they've gotten. Lots of loud sucking and slurping

With the latest weight gain since Saturday, and the round bellies I spotted last night, I'm confident that she's taken over their care without needing my guidance She's a good mommy! You can see below how much they've developed. This pic gives a better idea of Nilla's color!

Posted by magical thyme | Mon Jun 6, 2016, 02:14 PM (7 replies)

So the pink baby rabbit is not an albino (redeyed white)!

Peach fuzz started showing up yesterday. The grey babies are charcoal/black so far.

But it turns out the pink baby is going to be either a red or fawn! I hadn't planned on breeding; after thinking about the risks involved (such as large litters!) I had decided it would make more sense, when Oreo (who's old for an angora) passed to purchase a female kit in my color of choice. Fawn or red were the colors I wanted! They're very pretty *and* their wool is a beautiful cream with a golden-orange halo.

So here is the pink baby as of last evening:

The babies weighed in from 1 3/4s to nearly 3 ounces.
Posted by magical thyme | Sun Jun 5, 2016, 05:56 AM (10 replies)

a bowl full of bunnies!

Prayed for a tiny litter:

and the evil gods answered my prayer:

Born sometime before 5pm this afternoon. A few hours earlier than I expected. They don't look like they've eaten yet. Hopefully she'll feed them sooner rather than later so I can make sure they're all in their nest and warm, or bring them inside for the night. It's going to be quite cold....

here's the drama...

Posted by magical thyme | Thu Jun 2, 2016, 06:30 PM (14 replies)

Nestbox Prep: Snickerdoodle 1; Granny 0

So I was shocked to find, when I fed the bunnies this morning, that Snicker's nest was pulled into pieces and spread all over the hutch. I piled it back into the nestbox and fed her a nice pile of fresh hay, topped off her pellets, replenished her water, and left her an ice bottle to cool off on another very hot day.

When I returned some hours later, this is what I found:

Note the blue bottlecap a little to the left of her nose. Yes, she incorporated the ice bottle into her nest

Other than removing the bottle, I left everything as is, including the now empty nest box at the other end of the hutch. I figure Mommy knows best!
Posted by magical thyme | Wed Jun 1, 2016, 06:56 PM (4 replies)

So Snickerdoodle is in a family way

I made a stupid barrier design mistake in their double hutch that Oreo tricked me into thinking he couldn't get through by not even trying for more than a week. Then, one evening, I heard banging around and when I checked, he was in with Snickers and the 2 were having a fine time. Uh-oh.

Praying for a small litter. They're due this Thursday, but could come at any time. In the meantime, Snickers now has the hutch to herself, and Oreo has moved back into his cage.

She got a haircut yesterday (their long wool can wrap around neck or limb and cause to fatal injury), which included finding her nipples and trimming the wool around them so the babies can find them. Went without a hitch; she's very easy to care for.

We (Snickers and I) set up her nest box Saturday. She didn't like the location, so immediately removed the hay and made a new nest on the opposite side of the hutch, then sat in the box and pooped and peed. I took the hint, so yesterday I cleaned the box (just a new litter pan of appropriate size) and slide it under the nest she built. Then I had to take the whole thing out and cut up the wool she'd lined it with, and returned it more or less intact. They pull out their own wool to make a nice, soft and insulated blanket for the babies. But their long wool can can wrap around their limbs or necks, so I had to cut it into 1/2" pieces. That was a lot of cutting.

It's all systems go now, and the countdown has begun...

Snickers let me know exactly what she thought of her new nest:

And moved the nest to her preferred location:

Now she's had her nest rebuilt and her wool trimmed for the big day:
Posted by magical thyme | Tue May 31, 2016, 05:59 PM (3 replies)
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