I have so much to write about today. I am finally revealing the secret that I was keeping so far. That was the reason why I have nothing much to write. The initial title I wanted to give this post was “What They Do Not Teach In BIOLOGY Class”. But found this one more appropriate. You have been warned as there will be some very “gorish” photos that should not be viewed by children or faint-hearted adults alike. It is not my intention to scare anyone but this is the truth and facts of life when it comes to the topic of breeding. If you are game for it, read on if not, please come back in another few days. I must mention that this is strictly for education and sharing of knowledge. I do not really enjoy posting graphical photographs but I find it very appropriate to prepare those who intend to breed and yet not prepared for it.
I woke up this morning to find BlueBerry building her nest 2nd day in a row. I knew deep in my heart that today was the day she would give birth. She was picking up loads of hay in her mouth and making a nest on the opposite side of the nest box. I cleared up her “nest” and moved the nest box to where she was building. I then place loads of hay in the nest box.
At about 4pm my wife called and told me that she had given birth. Good news was there were 4 kits. The bad news was 3 had died. There wasn’t much details so I rushed home to have a look at the damage. At the back of my head I was prepared to see some dead peanuts. I was also prepared for deformed or under developed kits because I was told that BlueBerry was bred on 2 different occasions. That was also the reason for me not expecting her to kindle because I was the impression that she did not take the first buck. And since she was then bred 2 weeks later, I was expecting her to kindle in another 2 weeks.
The first thing I did at home was to look at the dead kits to confirm my speculations. What I saw was far from what I have witness breeding rabbits so far. Quite obvious one of the dead kits were oversized. It has got quite a huge deformed head and also very small limbs. Also, it has got one of its back legs totally severed. There were still fresh blood dripping from it.
Another dead kit’s condition was far worst. It seemed to be a normal kit just that it has got its entire lower abdomen ripped off.
I was particularly sad for the third one because it was quite apparent that it died of cold because my dad was unable to get to them in time.
R.I.P. Uno, Dos & Tres…
After burying them in the “rabbit” graveyard, I then turned my attention to the only surviving kit. It was a little cold to touch so I placed her on top of a hot water bottle wrapped with towel. I then cleaned up the entire cage and helped BlueBerry build a new nest using loads of hay, paper and also some of her fur. YES, I plucked loads of fur from her dewlap. She was especially agitated with that. But what the heck, I have a little kit to rescue.
This little fellow has not got out of trouble just yet. It is all alone and does not have a sibling to keep warm with. I do hope all of you bunny lovers can pray for this little one I call Miracle.
I am also quite worried for BlueBerry too since she was bred twice on different occasions. I believe the 2nd breeding took place because it was assumed the 1st was not successful. I am worried that she still has developing kits in her. I read somewhere that rabbits have 2 uterus horn that could hold kits from different breedings.
Looking at the what she has done to 2 of the dead kits, my wife and I came to conclusion that the best doe we had was UNIX because she gave birth to 6 kits alive and passed down her great motherly instinct to Bandie and Adina. Although Adina had half a leg GONE!
BlueBerry seemed to be a little inexperienced and that was not the impression I have about her. But I have no qualms about her and I hope she does pick up and be the best mummy to MIRACLE.
Please do pray for this little fellow that it survives all the way. Pray for Pillbury’s dough boy belly tomorrow!
P.S.: Can all fellow Holland Lop gurus confirm if that dead kit with small limbs and big head is indeed a peanut?