Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Champion Foster Mom

Our broken black doe SB's Lena is a champion mom. We weaned her kits a couple weeks early today because I have another doe has asked that her identity be kept anonymous due to self incrimination. And the fact that first timers get to have a second chance at our rabbitry and she will be rebred to try again at some point in the near future, who is a first time mom that is refusing to feed her babies. When we force her to go into the nest for feeding time she hunkers down squashing them and pees all over them. The decision was made to foster the entire litter over to Lena and see how she would take to them.

We rubbed them down with her older kits so they would smell like her own babies and put the nest box in with her. She hopped right in and fed every single one into a milk coma. I honestly think this is the first time in 2 weeks that these babies have had completely full bellies.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

New Babies Who Are Camera Shy

New babies in the rabbitry. I am super pleased to announce that our black new zealand doe Audrey and our soon to be grand champion broken black buck Jasper and now parents to 13 kits. They were all born yesterday. Jasper is my buck that won RIS at the Oklahoma State Fair this past fall, and has 7 legs. He finally got to see the registrar at the Mt. Vernon, MO show last weekend and we are just waiting on the paperwork in the mail. I can't tell you how excited I am to have this litter here. I will post photos soon.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Southwest MO Hare Raisers Show

The girls and I had a great time at the Southwest Mo Hare Raisers show this past Saturday. We drove up with friends and the only drama we had was a flat tire after unloading all the rabbits at the show. It was quickly taken care of with the help of a fellow rabbit enthusiast and gentleman named Don who drove the tire and myself over to the shop next door so we could get it repaired. I am counting my blessings that it happened after we arrived and not during the trip on the freeway.

We also added some new additions to the rabbitry. Since Clarissa has decided to sell all of her Mini Rex and Kyrilene has showed an interest in attending the shows with us we are now the happy owners of 2 pairs of Mini Satins and a trio of chestnut colored Mini Lops. They have been settled into some quarantine space where they get to hang out for a month as we get to know them. A big thank you to Clarissa Brewer, April Chardt and Ashley Bradley for helping us get started with these new breeds.

Finally we were able to register 9 of our rabbits this trip and have sent off for a couple of grand champion certificates. We look forward to those arriving in the mail soon. And Seriah's English Spot buck BAS4 won his first show leg this weekend. It was so much fun to have enough spots and breeders there to have some competition and we really enjoyed meeting everyone. Our next adventure awaits as we move into spring breeding season and set our sights on the Stillwater, OK show at the end of March.