The bunnies are officially too active for their mom. We take them out for several hours to give Ava a nice nap. She is always happy to see them return but doesn't mind when they leave. They come to the cage door for kisses now when we open it to kiss Ava. They look more and more alike by the day.
Okay... so looks like I will be getting nothing done in the next few weeks! These guys are way too cute to pass by them and not want to hold them. This is still my fav.
I am so in love with our little babies. Ava has been a darling mom and they are definitely very well fed. Wild Willy is still the wildest of them all. The largest, and my favorite is like a chubby pancake. We named it Zilla. Name will probably change in time though.
Phew! They have survived one full week! At the beginning of the week, the darkest one was a solid little tank. The lightest one was fairly close and the other one was kind of spindly but very energetic. As of today... they are all about the same. I call the spindly one Wild Willy because he will not sit still ever. I am partial to the lightest one. I think it has such a sweet face.
I have learned a couple of things this week. Don't put too much straw in your nest box. And don't underestimate the escape tactics of a blind hairless kit. And lastly, kits apparently have super hero DNA and are able to fall from a 3 story condo and survive unscathed. How did I learn all of this? Well, while doing my morning check I realized I only had 2 kits. I was going insane trying to figure out where number 3 was. I didn't think mom would have eaten it, she has been so good to them. So I kept searching. Poor guy managed to get out of the nest box, and wiggle through the cage wires and onto our concrete garage floor. I was convinced the poor thing would die but it seemed unharmed in anyway. Later I read up and learned that they do have some strange ability to bounce and survive falls. Phew. Lesson learned. Cages revamped, nest box revamped. No more escapees this week.
Babies are doing great! Will be a week old tomorrow. They are already rather hyper and have managed to get out of their nestbox 2 times. I had to remove some of the straw so that didn't happen anymore.
As for Nixie.... another falsey! What are the odds. I suppose I don't really care for my own sake, but Kami has been so excited and yet let down once again. Silly wabbits. I find it crazy she is so anxious to get her nest box going and acts just like Ava. I think she watches her and is thinking, hmmm that looks interesting, I might try that. I may hold off until September and try her again then. Maybe one day I will feel confident enough to palpate... then I won't be so shocked! Ha.
Woo hoo! Baby Hollands at last. Long road ahead yet but at least we have them here this time! 5 total, 2 peanuts and 3 plump healthy torts. Ava is being a great mom and very relaxed with all the kids.
Nixie is very busy guarding her nest. I had to put a nest box in for her today because she was scratching so crazy in the corner I thought she might hurt herself. Once she made her nest she calmed down and sat in front of it just staring at it. She still has a few days to go but by golly she's ready.
Now that it is finally sunny we have been able to let the rabbits have some time in their outside enclosures. Henry loves his and plays about all day long. We have found that both our does instantly begin to dig their way out. Next up I will be working on lining the bottom of the pen so they can not get out during play time.
Ava and Henry are extremely affectionate with one another. They will gladly sit and smooch and groom through the cage all day long. She has not had much luck with her first 2 litters so we are hoping it goes a little better for her this time. As for Nixie, she is a bit more complicated. She had a false pregnancy which was not very exciting, but at the same time, she was incredibly cuddly during that phase so that was nice f
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