Belle who had been very stubborn and not willing to breed for over a year, finally gave in. This was our first line breeding using son to dam. Belle is our largest girl, and yet she is a true dwarf. She carries our largest bone and biggest head out of the ladies. We are thrilled to have two torts and a sable to grow out and hopefully show this fall. She also produced Rudys last buck.
Honey, one of our older homegrowns has never been a big producer. We had 2 litters out of her, but nothing that we felt helped our herd. She however has some nice features that we did want to utilize. Before retiring her we decided to try her a few more times. She had delivered her last litter a week early and none were developed enough to survive. I feared she was nearing the end of her production time. The last round she delivered 2 peanuts after a difficult labor. I was sad to not have a baby from her, as I had hoped for a doe to carry her line. The following day I went out and she was busy pulling fur in her nestbox. What do you know, one healthy little tort doe!
Clover, my favorite doe in the herd, kindled 2 cuties. A black buck and a tort doe. This black buck is thee widest baby we have ever had in our litters. He has a massive head, short and wide body and I can not wait to see him mature.
Moonshine, my difficult girl... has a habbit of kindling on the wire. I was lucky to save her littler of blue points. I wasn't so lucky with her other litter. Well day 31 came and went and she did not attempt to kindle. Then I decided to go check her at 1 in the morning and sure enough, kits on the wire. I began to clean them off feeling sad to lose an entire litter again. As I peeled one poor little baby up, yes peeled, because it was literally stuck to the wire... I felt movement. I hurried and got it in and warmed it up and cleaned it off. I spent the rest of the night cuddling it to keep it warm against my skin. By morning it was warm and I let it reside with Honeys little singleton. I was hoping for a blue, however I still honestly can't tell you what he is. In pictures he looks siamese sable according to all the smart rabbit people. In person... he still looks blue to me. So I guess time will tell. Regardless of color he has a massive head and is really really cute. Lots of growing to do, and reality is... Siamese Sable or blue isn't known for having the best type so I'm trying not to get too attached.
On top of the baby boom, Quinne had her other litter of torts who are all looking very very nice, thanks to Little Rascals. And we have a littler of brokens who are getting hit hard with the uglies so we have some time to tell if we have any show hopefuls. But it looks like this fall the girls will have a few rabbits each to finally show!