How Should A 8 Weeks Old Look Like Part II (Remake Of The Most Popular Post)

This weblog was started back in 18th June 2007 and this is the 1421st post. Throughout the years, the post entitled “How Should A 8 Weeks Old Look Like” remains as the #1 top post with 10,033 views to date. However, this post contains photos of different rabbits growing up and I feel that is not as effective as using just one litter of kits to highlight their week by week development.

Today I would like to re-post photos of baby rabbits as well as a couple of new photos to emphasize how important it is that baby rabbits should be kept with their mothers until the age of 8 weeks.

The first week of a kit’s life….

At 3 days young, you may see some flakiness on their skin. This is similar to cradle cap in human babies. Most kits (baby rabbits) are born without fur and for the first few days, milk can be seen in their plump tummies. This usually helps me in knowing that the dam has been doing a good job feeding them.

At 3 days young, you may see some flakiness on their skin. This is similar to cradle cap in human babies. Most kits (baby rabbits) are born without fur and for the first few days, milk can be seen in their plump tummies. This usually helps me in knowing that the dam has been doing a good job feeding them.

At 1 week young, their fur has grown and eyes are not open until the 10th or 11th day.

At 1 week young, their fur has grown and eyes are not open until the 10th or 11th day.

At 10 Days young, their eyes will usually open and these wee ones will see their world for the first time.

At 10 Days young, their eyes will usually open and these wee ones will see their world for the first time.

The second week…

The kits will start to get fluffier and cuter at 2 weeks as their fur grow thicker and longer. This is their most vulnerable time in the pet trade. Most buyers are mesmerized by their cuteness not realizing that they are still very young to be taken away from their dam.

The kits will start to get fluffier and cuter at 2 weeks as their fur grow thicker and longer. This is their most vulnerable time in the pet trade. Most buyers are mesmerized by their cuteness not realizing that they are still very young to be taken away from their dam.

The third week…

Between the 3rd and 4th week, these kits are at their cutest stage. It is absolutely difficult to resist. Though they look quite mature and seemed to be nibbling on solid food, please be reminded that they should not be separated from their dam at this age. Their developing stomachs still depend on milk. Rabbit's milk is so unique that it is quite impossible to find a replacement that matches 100%. The closest would be goat's milk.

Between the 3rd and 4th week, these kits are at their cutest stage. It is absolutely difficult to resist. Though they look quite mature and seemed to be nibbling on solid food, please be reminded that they should not be separated from their dam at this age. Their developing stomachs still depend on milk. Rabbit’s milk is so unique that it is quite impossible to find a replacement that matches 100% – the closest is goat’s milk.

The fourth week…

Absolutely irresistible at 4 weeks young.

Absolutely irresistible at 4 weeks young.

This is when I like to start teaching them how the breed should pose. Some are naturals while others take longer time to learn.

This is when I like to start teaching them how the breed should pose. Some are naturals while others take longer time to learn.

The fifth week…

Ophelia seen here at 5 weeks old. At this age, they start to munch on hay, pellets, and drinking from bottle or water bowl while still being nursed by their dam.

Ophelia seen here at 5 weeks old. At this age, they start to munch on hay, pellets, and drinking from bottle or water bowl while still being nursed by their dam.

I usually use rabbit food higher in protein content for both dam and kits when they start eating solids. I usually keep some probiotic paste handy just in case the solid food causes gut flora imbalance.

I usually use rabbit food higher in protein content for both dam and kits when they start eating solids. I usually keep some probiotic paste handy just in case the solid food causes gut flora imbalance.

The sixth week…

Cute Ophelia at 6 weeks young. She is very friendly and comes near me for head rubs whenever I walk towards her.

Cute Ophelia at 6 weeks young. She is very friendly and comes near me for head rubs whenever I walk towards her.

Otto is a natural poser and loves the attention he is getting. At 6 weeks, they both like to zoom across the room and launch themselves in mid air while turning their bodies - the action is called Binky.

Otto is a natural poser and loves the attention he is getting. At 6 weeks, they both like to zoom across the room and launch themselves in mid air while turning their bodies – the action is called Binky.

Weaning starts at the seventh week and they will be separated from their dam at the eight week.

The Seventh Week…

I have started the weaning process by separating them from their dam.

Week 7: Otto

Depending on their lineage, some kits will start to grow into their ugly stage when limbs seemed to grow in length rather than width. Their muzzles may look a little elongated rather than the desired “shortness” particularly in the Holland Lop breed.

Week 7: Ophelia

Weaning starts this week by separating them from their dam. Ensure that they are eating well on their own before deciding to wean.

The eighth week…

How time flies and we are at our final week. Since Christmas is over now, we will no longer have the Christmas themed photography. The two kits are growing up beautifully and they are fully weaned. Ear length seemed to have increased but nothing to worry about as their head will continue to grow and in time, every part of their body will balance out.

At this age they are usually ready to go to their new homes but these two cuties are not going anywhere.

Tru-Luv's Otto at 8 weeks. He is such an awesome little guy. Always running towards me when he sees me approaching. Natural poser, absolutely love him.

Tru-Luv’s Otto at 8 weeks. He is such an awesome little guy. Always running towards me when he sees me approaching. Natural poser, absolutely love him.

 

Tru-Luv's Ophelia. I love everything about this doe and am excited to see how she will blossom. As is she is very friendly and loves her daily head rubs.

Tru-Luv’s Ophelia. I love everything about this doe and am excited to see how she will blossom. As is she is very friendly and loves her daily head rubs.

Last but not least I must give credit where credit is due. I want to thank DC Rabbitry for making this otter project possible. Thank you very much for the gorgeous blue otter doe. A great mom right from the start. I reckon she will be a great producer.

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Revisit #2

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by | December 11, 2015 · 6:02 pm

Revisit #1

Moving forward, I will be posting handpicked photos from the past 8 years. Over the years I have amassed approximately 18,000 photos of the rabbits – some of which did not make it onto this blog previously. I feel that it is a good time to revisit the collection and share these beautiful photos.

Welcome to the first edition of Tru-Luv Revisit.

Holly Hope 2010

Holly Hope (2010)

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Last Christmas

Merry ChristmasThere are many different versions of goodbyes but I do not wish to say it in the conventional way.

I like how they put it in the Matrix movie and to quote Santosh Kalwar:

“Every beginning has an end and every end has a new beginning, don’t worry, broken soul, life will one day come to an end. ”

I must say that I am bidding my readers farewell on a high note. It has been 8 long and hard years since I started this wonderful journey raising Holland Lops in Malaysia. My best and worst experiences was obtained through this hobby. I can now look back and cherish all the beautiful irreplaceable moments from the many wonderful births to the friendships that will last for a lifetime.

Perhaps, I will one day look back and sing to the tunes and words of Adele’s “When We Were Young”. But really, I will be proud to say that “I have been there and done that”. No regrets at all…

I like to think that I have been touched by the many gorgeous rabbits that graced my rabbitry. I also hope that those who have been touched and found wonder and love in a Tru-Luv rabbit have had their lives changed forever. Indeed, every single rabbit I have raised and responsible for bringing into this world have left an imprint in my heart.

Just because it is selfish to keep holding on even when it means nothing is the only reason for me to bid farewell. In the words of Don McLean when he sung the song “Vincent”, I can only say that “this side of the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you – The Holland Lop”.

So it has been the tradition for me to capture and share the Christmas spirit through photos of my rabbits in the Christmas theme, the photo above will indeed mark the Last Christmas for Tru-Luv Rabbitry.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and friends for your amazing support throughout the years. It has been a pleasure writing and sharing all these years. I hope you have enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) this blog as much as I have.

Here wishing everyone a joyful and warm Christmas wherever you are!

God bless all of you…

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Forget World Peace, It Is Rabbit Dramaville!

In light of the multiple terrorist attacks around the world, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these heinous and outrageous crimes. Though quite impossible, I hope that those responsible for these horrendous acts come to their senses. It really does not make sense and cowardice to take the lives of innocent civilians.

That said, hatred does not only exist in the hearts and minds of terrorists. It exists in all facets of life be it at work, in social groups, or in hobbies such as the rabbit raising hobby. In almost 9 years of working with the Holland Lop, I have experienced and had to deal with the best and worst of human behaviors. It can be especially intense when competition is involved. If drama don’t happen to you, it could well be someone that you know. It happens so often, you can almost say “same shit, different day”.

With so much happening throughout the internet, on can safely say that “you should not believe everything you read on the internet”. In recent years, I have seen how the internet especially the social medias can be misused and abused. Information flow too fast and false news can be circulated within seconds. Nowadays, it is a norm for me to verify and filter through news before sharing them with my peers. A recent example was the kidnap case whereby certain social media users claimed that the child has been found even though he was not. Such updates can pose great danger to the child if the effort to locate him ceases half-way.

What I am trying say is that, with social medias, information can be circulated too fast and can reach extremely huge audiences – accurate or otherwise. It really can be a two edged sword – used to the advantage or disadvantage of an establishment. Consumers today have the power to make or break a business. The reputation of an establishment can easily be tarnished with a nasty review by a customer.

In terms of the rabbit hobby, there are no exceptions.

“The breeder sold me a rabbit with bad teeth”, “The rabbit died and the breeder refused replacement”, and the list of complains goes on.

First of all, I must mention that for me personally, selling rabbit is not something I like doing. The reason being, people in general tend to forget that we are dealing with a series of VARIABLES and we know that VARIABLES may change for whatever reason. More so for a variable call LIFE.

A living thing can be the most unpredictable of all the variables in life and one that no human have control over. Even as humans, we ourselves have no control over our condition. The best we can do to minimize the possibility of being ill is through prevention – vaccination and supplements.

Now, if you purchase a rabbit from a breeder and when the rabbit dies in your care, the breeder should not be blamed. I would like to think that no breeder is going to put his/her reputation on the line (and with benefit of doubt) by selling you a sick rabbit. In this case, no one should be blamed because we are really dealing with a variable here. But, do know that a compassionate breeder can offer a replacement and that really depends on the breeder’s part. The buyer should not expect it but can politely suggest or ask. As a buyer, we have up to the point of being presented the purchased rabbit to reject or reverse the transaction if there are discrepancies or the rabbit seemed to not be in satisfactory condition. Make sure you read the breeder’s sales policy and only proceed to deal with him or her if you agree with the policy.

As of late, buyers have resorted to using social media platform to raise their grievances. Again, it can be a two edged sword but the proper procedure is to approach the said breeder (directly) first to work things out if the argument is valid – the rabbit has been swapped and etc. A rabbit that came home and died is normally not a valid argument for the same reason mentioned above.

Raising the issue and attempt to tarnish the reputation of the breeder on social media should be left as the last resort only if the dispute was not dealt with professionally, politely, and in good faith.

Bear in mind that other reputable breeders are also observing such social media platforms and may refuse your inquiries in future if they find you being a nasty buyer.

Social media – the two edges sword….

Welcome to the Rabbit Dramaville!

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Leap Of Faith

What’s beyond the horizon? Should I take the leap of faith?
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Fruit and Veges

It doesn't get any better than this look on his face. It's him saying 'Thank you!'

It doesn’t get any better than this look on his face. It’s him saying ‘Thank you!’

Nom Nom Nom...

Nom Nom Nom…

Nyum Nyum Nyum

Nyum Nyum Nyum

Chomp Chomp Chomp...

Chomp Chomp Chomp…

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Undefined Value

There are probably thousands of hobbies in this world catered for the millions of people spread across the multitudes of cultures. Some are one-time off hobbies while others are collecting in nature. Collecting comes in many varieties such as coins, toys, bank notes, postal stamps, and etc.

Ever wonder how should the hobby of breeding show animals be categorized?

I believe to a certain extend, breeding show rabbits can be seen as a form of collecting hobby. We collect the most beautiful animal closest to the standards that is.

How does one actually evaluates the value of his or her collectibles?

I believe firstly, the hobby must have quite a decent following in terms of the numbers of like minded hobbyists that know how to appreciate the specific collectibles.

Let’s just say that if you are a toy collector and wants to convince a hardcore rabbit breeder to buy your toy at an exorbitant price, I am sure that will not make any sense to the rabbit breeder. That is because he or she will not see the value in a piece of beautifully molded plastic.

Not everyone knows who is Ultra Magnus.

Not everyone knows who is Ultra Magnus.

Likewise, not many people you know will appreciate the beauty of a Betta Splendens or more fondly known as the Siamese fighting fish.

Betta Splendens

Betta Splendens

So just how do you go about defining the value of your hobby?

You just have to be around like minded people – those who have the same interests as you.

It is based on such principle that people capitalize on as business opportunity. This is true when you see people getting into a hobby with huge following and try to turn it into a business. When it comes to pet animals, we really have to be careful in weeding out the wolves in lamb skin. These are the people that see it as an opportunity to make a quick fortune with the pretense of an animal lover when he or she really have no care for the animals’ wellbeing.

For the rest of us who truly cares, I guess we all understand the effort that goes into raising these little beautiful and adorable creatures. And at the end of the day, the value we gain is clearly UNDEFINED…

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Space and Time

Looking at photos of rabbits spending their time sleeping in their quarters made me ponder how they actually feel in terms of relativity. I wonder how long is an hour to them and if they are able to keep time. Most of us spend our time away from home and our pets tend to have very long waiting time. Measuring in human hours, I would be bored to death doing nothing but waiting. As humans, we are able to find things to occupy ourselves especially now that we have the internet on our palm most of the time.

How does it actually feel as a rabbit, a dog, or a cat staying home all day long waiting for our owner to be back home?

Taking the definition of hobby, I guess that’s how it is – only in our free time. It seemed that we’ll only have time for our pets whenever we have extra time to spare unless we ensure that we make time for them daily.

Out of the twenty four hours a day, I am sure we will be able to find at least an hour or two to spend with our pets. Then again, we will never be able to feel and know if animals have a sense of relativity – space and time that is….

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The Bond

I have always been drawn to the relationships between children and their pets. While growing up as a child, I have always been drawn to animals and my weekends are mostly spent visiting the neighborhood pet stores. I guess the bond is established easily because children and animals have less expectations compared to us adults. Their innocence and trusting characteristics in my opinion are the forces that bring them together.

Today’s post is inspired by Owen and Haatchi. Watch the video below and you will be in touched too:

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Bunny Luv

They call this bunny luv, surely?

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My eldest came to me this morning and said, “Daddy, I think you should go look at the bunnies. I guess that is how rabbits love each other”.

Truly, it is how they love each other.

Just look at the love birds. Oops, I mean love buns….

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