Three healthy litters!

The recent births….

 

newborn-rabbitsI wanted to get this out earlier, and if you follow my instagram or my facebook account, you may already know about all of this, so let’s recap….

Blue Girl was the first to have her litter.  Sunday afternoon (January 17, 2015), Erynn found seven beautiful little babies in Blue Girl’s nest.  They are nice and healthy and look like little pigs – way different than Boosh’s premature litter here.

 

The fact that Blue Girl gave birth 3 days after Boosh definitely concludes that Boosh’s litter was premature.


 

newborn-lionheadThis is what these little ones are supposed to look like – plump and dry.  Boosh’s babies were very thin and sticky.  Sticky is the word I would have to describe for them.  Their skin was not ready to see the light of day.  The little ones stuck together and had to be gently pried apart.  I know that sounds terrible, but these articles are meant to be informative as well.  It was so nice to feel these plump, warm, and dry newborns…

We do handle the babies within the first day or two.  We want the does to continue to trust us, and we want the little ones to get used to human smells.  After all, they are meant to be handled as pets.


 

Khaleesi had at least six.

A video posted by Jodie Holstein Otte (@jodieotte) on

By Sunday evening, we noticed Khaleesi was frantically building her nest.  Erynn and I sat quietly in the rabbit house and watched her (Khaleesi doesn’t get phased by people around – she is a really great mother).   She turned her back to us birthed – guess what?  Another seven (we counted later) Check out the video above of the last one scrambling for heat….


 

Dolly gave birth overnight to – another SEVEN!  What are the chances that all four of the does would each have seven litters?

Erynn had to move Dolly and Khaleesi’s nests into the nesting boxes (because of this past fall’s surprise litters from them, they had birthed in the corners and must think that’s the place to birth as Blue Girl had no problem using the nesting box we provided.

All three mothers were doing a great job.  It has gotten very cold in Maryland.  I will do an article on our winterizing in the future.  They pulled out a lot of fur and covered their little ones and have been attentive.  Dolly is still her odd standoffish self, but Blue Girl and Khaleesi have exceeded our expectations.

 

Photographing Newborn Rabbits

With our two lionhead litters in Fall of 2015, we performed a bit of a photo shoot.  As the mom half of this rabbitry, I bring to the table, my years as a professional photographer and couldn’t wait to get my hands on these newborns for a shoot.

JODIE-OTTE-PHOTOGRAPHERI won’t tell all my secrets for getting these images, but it is a tedious and careful process insuring safety.  I will give a warning – this is not something that is easily accomplished, and I caution anyone who is trying this.  If the bunny is moving and not sleeping, the bunny is uncomfortable and needs to be returned to the nest immediately.  They can also be spastic with their movements if they feel discomfort or are hungry.  Do not force them.  I have 12 years of experience working with newborn human babies at J. Otte Newborns.

We will be doing an official photoshoot after each new group of kits, adding some interesting twists each time.  Already planning out our next one for our January 2016 births.

This was our natural photo shoot.  I didn’t want to get too proppy, and instead, just concentrated on the curled form of each little one.  We will get a bit more adventurous from time to time.

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