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Not to mention name, a friend of mine recently gave up rabbit breeding. Like many former breeders I know, she expressed her sadness of “losing” fellow friends in the hobby. I believe that when other priorities catch up with life, we tend to give up some less important things just to strike a balance. We only have 24 hours and spending 2 hours a day just to do bunny chores can be a little overwhelming and meaningless. That is usually the problem when keeping large quantity of rabbits while holding a day job and at the same time juggling with many other things in life.
In all honesty, you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded people whenever and in whatever hobby you immersed yourself in. Your circle of friends are usually found through discussions of the same interest and while seeking help with the problems you face in the hobby.
Being social animals ourselves, we are constantly seeking for affirmation and a sense of belonging. To a certain extent, your life becomes “charmed” and because you are so hooked on the sense of belonging, the thought of giving up a hobby can be quite daunting. To give up a hobby is fine but the fact that you will drift away from the friendships you have established will usually be the reason for reconsideration.
Someone I hold dear and close to my heart once told me, “You do not need rabbits to belong” and rightly so makes me feel that I belong in a circle of great people with or without rabbits. It is totally up to me to decide whether I should drift away or not. In whatever you do, you tend to find very sincere friends and people who are there for you without the expectation of anything in return. They push the boundaries of mutual benefit especially now when the world needs love more than ever.
Somehow we are so geared towards scepticism and are always on the guard so not to be taken advantage of. Due to all the negativity in the world today, we have no faith in one another and are suspicious of each other’s agenda so to speak.
I have met many people in this hobby and more often than not, have found myself being taken advantage of. Out of the many, I have also found many gems along the way.
Whenever a gem appears, I get charmed all over again and that makes the hobby worthwhile…
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For the past few years, this blog would start “snowing” and when that happens, it means that Christmas is near. Besides from Christmas photo sessions, another Christmas tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry is to get December babies. It brings a lot of joy to the heart seeing nest boxes lined with fur and warm babies in them during the rainy December month in Malaysia. Each year we try to get Christmas day babies but to date, I do not remember having such good timing.
However, this year we are happy to announce the birth of a couple of special 1st December babies. We hope to see them grow up into healthy and beautiful bunnies.
On the other hand, we would like to help re-home a few Dwarf Hamsters. These cuties were abandoned and now looking for homes to adopt them. If you or any of your friends is looking for little hamsters as pets, please feel free to call Mr. Brandon at 017-3211083. They are in healthy and good condition.
Rumor has it that T.L. Bun in collaboration with Tru-Luv Production is on set filming their latest much anticipated Blockbuster movie – The Bunfather. The movie will feature the top buns in the hood. The sleaziest, the phattest and the most notorious Bs and Rs in the bun-bhetto.
An action packed drama like never before filled with cheesy pickup lines, the scandals, the lies, the orgies, the trysts, whatever you name it, the movie’s got them all!
From the critically acclaimed and most controversial production house, The Bunfather will propel you off your seat!
Drama Never Ends In Bunsville. Watch this space!
So the 2 different litters of bunnies continue to grow and the differences are quite apparent and obvious. At this point, genetics is playing a huge role in their physical appearances and it is very easy to identify which is has the potential to grow up as a promising show Holland Lop. Still there is no guarantee and we all know the story of ugly duckling.
It is rather interesting to observe closely the development of these youngsters. Having a smaller herd allows me to make better judgment and observation as I take the time to grow them out. Also, I get to learn more about the herd’s compatibility among the bucks and does.
Biology is the word given to the study of living things and very often, we are unaware that throughout our lives, we have engaged in some form of biology work. I just realized that I have been working on Rabbit Biology since I more than 20 years ago. I believe getting to know the rabbit’s proper diet and other needs in itself can be considered a study of the animal.
Sometimes we study our pets alone and other times, we exchange notes with a fellow enthusiast as well. There is just so much to learn about rabbits that we all are unable to experience everything alone.
During one of our discussions and knowledge sharing sessions, a bunny friend told me that he was able to see “promising rabbits” on the day it is born. I have come across this statement from the past but I was still surprised by his statement. It was indeed a revelation hearing such comments. Later did I find out that it is not difficult to identify the “X-Factor” in newborn bunnies. I learned that you only need to spend enough time observing, just like any other studies done on other animals. Observation remain a large part of conservation efforts throughout the world. We must first gather as much information as we can through observation.
With all the resources I have at hand, I embarked on a journey to proof this concept. I also hope that this post will act as a proof of concept regarding the matter of Genetics (not Genesis but FYI, they are all on Genesis feed).
We are often told that a good Buck makes a lot of difference in a breeding program. My observation actually tells me that a good Doe is also an important part of the equation.
My journey started with breeding the same buck to two different does. When they share the same due date, I will be able to get kits of the same age to perform an apple to apple observation.
I chose Tru-Luv’s Miracle to be the buck in question and the does are Tru-Luv’s Sibylla & Tru-Luv’s Byss. The good thing about this combination is that, Miracle is related to Sibylla on his sire side and is related to Byss on his dam side. In other words, they are compatible based on papers.
In case you do not know how they look like, here are their pictures:
The outcome of the breedings are 2 kits from each of the does. I have chosen one from each litter for the comparison.
At this moment, it is quite obvious that Sibylla’s kit is a little narrow compared to Byss’ kit. Byss’ kit look slightly chunkier than Sibylla’s kit.
Then I proceeded to take the head shots of both of these kits.
Looking at the shapes drawn in red and blue, we can see that Sibylla’s kit has a narrower muzzle compared to Byss’ kit. And there is a slight difference in the head shapes on both of them as well.
Honestly, there are still young and I will not make a concrete conclusion out of my observation so far. Their physical appearance will change drastically as time goes by. There are just so many factors to consider before we make a final conclusion. Genetics are so diverse and tricky in nature.
We shall continue with this observation from time to time. I shall keep everyone posted with pictures as well.
It’s Olympic fever here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry!
As you will notice the many high fives given between team players in team events and the many attempts in the high jump events, we have these two things aplenty here lately.
I spend a lot of time with my pregnant does as their due dates draw closer. I will normally feel their tummy gently just to make sure the babies in the tummy are moving, a sign that they are alive. Two days ago, I did the same with Byss and I felt a tiny paw jutting out at one of her side. I placed my finger gently against it and to my surprise, that little paw kicked my finger hard!
I took that as a little high five from the little kit and with a soft voice I said, “I’ll see you soon little one”. I got a little worried yesterday when Byss did not kindle and feared for the worst. And to my surprise, she gave birth to two beautiful kits this morning at approximately 10 am. They are not only alive but they were kicking hard too! Both of them were practically popping out of the nest box!
After about half a day, I found them both with huge bellies and when I turned them over, it was rather clear that they have been fed. To be honest, this is something that I have never witness before. It takes some time for does to produce that much milk and I attribute this amazing supply to the feed – Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food!
Nothing beats a beautiful Saturday morning with pinkies in the nest box! Here are some photos that I would love to share:
I guess this is the sort of things that I am trying to emphasize in my previous blog post. I am able to finally have the time for the details. The little details that exclusively belong to each and every one of the bunnies.
These 2 kits are born on such a special day because they share the same birthday as one of my daughters. And the best part is, their dam was born on the same day as my other daughter! I believe Byss waited for the right time so that we can celebrate their birthdays together.
Another happy thing worth mentioning is that, Carmel the matriarch of Tru-Luv Rabbitry became the brand ambassador for Genesis showing off her beauty at The Pet Family pet store.
Carmel is almost 6 years old and still looking pretty on Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food. She is a good testimony to this LIFE ENHANCEMENT FORMULA! I hope that Carmel will have many more years ahead of her.
And Carmel happens to be the GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER of the 2 kits above. WOW!