As you can tell by the name of this post we have 2 days left until Truffle kindles! I thought since today we went to a show and we are so close to One Lop Too Many Rabbitry’s first litter, I’d talk about what has gone on with preparing for kits and the different ideas we’ve been offered by other rabbit breeders. I think the saying goes if you ask 10 different rabbit breeders the same question you’ll get 10 different answers.
As a caveat, these are just what people have found most successful for themselves so these may or may not be relevant to your situations.
As someone who is in 4H I have had friends that have bred their does and their does have eaten their kits so when I talked to some of my mentors I got 3 different ideas 1 of which we are using just in case, first being to feed hamburger meat to the doe about 3-4 days before she’s due, the second being instead of hamburger meat to use a raw piece of bacon, and the third is to feed them a leafy green high in iron every day about 8 days before their due.
Another thing that we’ve heard of are situations where the doe won’t let her kits nurse, which we had 2 possible solutions for which were to let mother nature run its course or to bottle feed the kits until their old enough to be eating dry food.
Now, what if you have a doe that has a litter of 8 with 2 smaller kits? We’ve been given three different ideas in that case, the first was to cull the two smaller ones because a doe should never have more than 6 kits to take care of in this persons opinion, the second is to take the two out and bottle feed them, and the third option is to let mother nature run its course.
I’ve brought up bottle feeding kits twice now and I’ve read about a few different substitutes that you can use to replace a does milk. The two that I’ve found most frequently being suggested in blogs and articles are goat and cow milk, if you do use cow milk than you can always have an issue with the levels of fat in the milk.
I also finally came up with the pricing for our Velveteen Lops which will be listed in the For Sale page in the blog.
That’s all I have on the topic of advice for a newby breeder, but we also went to a show this morning. We took Baggins and Thumper, they both did really well. Thumper got 2nd in the Solid Senior Holland Lop Does and Baggins took Best of Breed and even though he was the only one being shown for Velveteen Lops the judge gave him some great comments; He just barely made it with his ears, his fur was a little too soft, great body, but needs a little more definition all the way through the hips, loves the coloring/pattern, and over all is a cutie pie. I asked the judge if this was a technical term and she said “Absolutely.”
We also bought a cage for rabbits we’re going to sell:
At the end of the day we were all very tired and Baggins most of all was ready to take a nap.
Ready to take a nap!