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.

 

Lionhead Rabbit Babies

We are a lionhead rabbit breeding facility located in Northern Maryland.  We service the areas of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and West Virginia.   We do not ship our rabbits, but you are welcome to road trip our way by appointment!

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While we do not breed every doe year round, we do typically have something available or we can tell you a date when we are expecting.   Check out what we are expecting here.

Below, you will see two of our litters that we photographed at approximately two weeks old.  We do breed for pet and show quality depending upon what we are working on at the moment.  Prices range from $35-$75 depending upon what is produced at the current time.

We typically expect to see the following colors:

Sable, Siamese Sable, Black Torte, Black, Chocolate, Blue-Eyed White

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However, we are very clear which lines contain the Vienna gene (the vienna gene is what creates white or blue eyes in rabbits – similarly to the paint gene in horses – at this time, vienna markings are not permitted in showing lionhead rabbits, unless they are blue eyed white – BEW).  We document the following in our pedigrees if they apply (we do not always breed with vienna genes):

BEW – Blue-Eyed White  (BEWs result from breeding two VM or VCs together or breeding two BEWs)

VM – Vienna Marked – This is obvious white markings or blue eyes that can be observed

VC – Vienna Carrier – This means that in the pedigree, there are VM rabbits.  This indicates that the rabbit potentially carries the Vienna gene even if you cannot see it.  Future breeding could result in a Vienna-marked offspring.

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