Pardon my absence, but work has been a literal nightmare lately. It has totally sapped my energy and desire to do anything other than the basics and vegetating on the sofa. Plus, getting those beds filled on top of everything else almost killed me. Hopefully things are settling down now, and I can get back on the right path.
A few weeks ago, Bunny, my American Chinchilla rabbit gave birth to five kits. I wasn't sure if she was pregnant, but I placed the nest box on day 28 anyway. She did look rounder in the belly, but my only experience with pregnant rabbits is Olivia, and her wool totally disguises any belly roundness. I also noticed Bunny moving the hay around in the nest box, and she ate plenty of it as well, so that really didn't help me decide. I found her toys in the nest box more than once, so I thought she was playing around. Then, one evening, when I was returning the angora kits to their mama, I noticed Bunny had totally outfitted her nest box with enough fur to choke a mule, and it was moving. She didn't play around. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Her nest box was not like that a few hours prior.
I've had Bunny for several months now, and I bought her as an adult. I don't really know her background, but she has never warmed up to me. She's not mean, just very timid around me. Jack, my AC buck, whom I bought from the same place, also as an adult, is as friendly as can be. So, knowing Bunny's timidness and not really wanting to stress her out too much, I left the kits alone and decided to check on them the next morning. They were all fine the next day, and each morning since, I've been peaking in the nest box without touching them.
I have trusted Bunny to be a good mama, and she has risen to the occasion. I have pretty much left them alone until I needed to make sure their eyes opened. So, here are the first pictures. I have to say, they were really ugly until a few days ago.
You will notice the fat white one on top of its siblings. So I have four babies that look just like mama and daddy and one albino.
I was curious about how a white one ended up in the mix, and while I know it's based on genetics because of my angoras, I didn't realize Bunny and Jack could produce a white baby. The other four are the spitting image of mama and daddy. Here is an interesting article on ruby-eyed whites and the genetics behind them.
Technically, these are my first meat rabbits. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them yet. I may sell this bunch to help recuperate some of the cost of the rabbitry or even pay for the rest of the cages I need. So, we'll see.
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