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.