Well, so far things are going well for the surviving kit. I have been taking it out about twice a day to be fed by Snowball. I just hope her milk doesn’t stop because of only one kit nursing. This kit is a different color than the last kit I had to take care of. It actually is a really pretty color.
As you can see, I definitely don’t want to be putting the kit outside right now. We have about six or seven inches of snow and it is pretty cold and windy.
I thought Snowball was due on the 25th. I went out this morning and found a bunch of kits all over her cage. There were six in her cage. I cleaned them out and then fed the rabbits. In Secret’s cage, I found another kit under the feeder. I have no idea how it could have gotten in there because there is a gap in between the cages. She had seven total. I am really bummed because that is a pretty good sized litter for an older rabbit. I have to breed Secret again soon, so I guess I will just breed them together like I did before.
The kits are growing big, some of them slower than others. I weighed the kits on Saturday and the largest kit was 7.2 oz. and the smallest kit was 3.4 oz. They have all gained weight since Saturday and the runt doesn’t look as runty anymore. Their fur is pretty thick, probably because of the cold nights. None of them have come out of the nest-box yet. They don’t feel the urge. It took a couple days for them to get their eyes open. They have been trying to eat the straw in the nest-box. There are three darker red ones, two lighter red ones, two white ones and three blackish-red. The middle-sized red kit is really jumpy and doesn’t like being held at all.
Here are the pictures.
They were constantly wiggling while I was taking these pictures.
I took the pictures as promised. However, there are not thirteen kits in the picture. I counted them and realized there were only eleven. I pulled them all out of the nest-box and started poking around with my fingers. Then I realized if I didn’t want to find a dead kit with my fingers I better get something else. I got a stick and sure enough, there was a disintegrating kit at the front of the nest-box. I think it was two, it just was so rotten I couldn’t tell. I had noticed a smell in the box, but I thought it was just from kits peeing. I was wrong! I cleaned out the nest-box and put fresh straw in. All of the fur was gross, so they don’t have any of that now. It does smell better though.
The kits were all doing great last night. This morning I went out to check on them and found two of Snowball’s kits dead and pretty cold in different sections of the nest-box. Snowball’s nest wasn’t good enough to contain them. I couldn’t find the other two at first, but then I found them snuggled into a part with lots of fur. They were fed and look pretty good. When I posted yesterday, I hadn’t noticed that one of her kits had a hole in his head. I wasn’t sure how it got there, but it kind of looked like an over-cleaning kind of thing. He was one of the dead ones this morning. Secret’s kits are all doing great and they all have full tummies.
This morning, I went out expecting to find kits. It was day 32 after all. There wasn’t anything. So I decided they would probably give birth tonight. That didn’t happen either. I went to check on them at about 9:20, and Secret was pulling fur and gathering more straw. Since my rabbits only pull fur right before birth, I knew she was pretty close. I went back out at 9:45 and she was giving birth. I saw some of it happen. It was really neat. She was done a little while later and I checked the kits. There was one kit on the wire, and it was alive, warm, and clean, so I think it just got dragged out after she finished. She had eleven. They aren’t as big as Snowball’s kits usually are, but there were quite a few of them. She had them all tucked nicely into a little nest in the back of the box.
I went out a little later to look at the kits again and saw Snowball pulling fur and working on her nest. I checked on her about a half an hour later and she had five kits. One was dead and looked like it was the first to come out. It was rather stretched. I am assuming she had a smaller litter because she is older and she hasn’t been bred for a while. Those kits are bigger than Secret’s and look good. Snowball’s nest wasn’t quite as good as Secret’s. She has always been a bit sloppy.
Well, I still have four rabbits left out of the litter. I am going through a lot more feed than I want to. They are getting big and in a couple weeks, they will be three months old. I only have one doe left out of that litter and the bucks never sell as well as the does. Snowball still has the smallest bunny with her. He still has a bit of a limp that I think will never go away. I am planning on taking him out of Snowball’s cage this week. I want to breed Snowball and Secret again, but lately it has been very hot and I don’t want to risk any problems with pregnancies during August. I think I will wait until August to breed them again.
Here are a couple pictures of the last bunnies.
The one in the back is the shy one of the bunch. It isn’t mean but it doesn’t like anyone coming near it.