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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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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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Merry Christmas 2014!

Here wishing one and all Joyful Holidays, Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year 2015!

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It is the season once again

As a yearly tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry, we have just started our Christmas photography session. Here’s a teaser for the season….

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Christmas Bunnies

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You know Christmas is near when…

Tis the season to be jolly! It’s time of the year again that we have Christmas photoshoot at Tru-Luv Rabbitry.

I cannot believe that it will be another year in the hobby and it is always wonderful to take Christmas portraits for the bunnies.

The rainfall does help a lot with cooling them down and they are mostly in good condition at this time of the year.

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