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Golf Anyone?

by @ 4:40 pm on December 25, 2014.

I have posted before about Golf, my last remaining Californian doe. I had planned to cull her. But then I got the colony set up and the new Cali buck. And I thought well, the new does won’t be old enough to breed for a few months yet. And maybe it was the buck that was producing low litter sizes. I decided to give Golf one more try. A few days ago she had a very nice litter. Of two. Yep, she couldn’t even do 3 this time. Talk about failure. And so once these 2 kits hit weaning age, Golf will be dinner. 2 working does is more than enough, so at least this makes the decision to cull her quite easy.

 

The above I wrote way back (I’ve lost the date I started it, though I believe it was the end of July!) but never got it posted. So I’ll go ahead and fill in with a rabbit update. Golf is still here, for no other reason than I keep putting off butchering her. The aforementioned litter of 2 was her last litter, and it was a complete and utter failure. 1 kit died somewhere along the line. The second died a few days ago. Par for the course, I never got around to butchering and I figured the kit wasn’t going anywhere. I planned to butcher it with the up and coming group so I could do a bunch together rather than just 1. But no, in true rabbit form it was fine one day and lying dead in the colony the next. There was some runny poop where she died, but I don’t know what that indicates. It’s been several days now and no one else in the colony is sick and nothing else has died. So 5 months of raising a rabbit, and she went to feed the cats. Sigh. Golf has apparently decided to retire from motherhood and hasn’t had a litter since that one. If she’s still around when the grow outs are ready to butcher, she’ll go to freezer camp with them.

 

In the mean time, Juliet and Black have started producing. Juliet had 1 litter and Black has now had 2. I pretty well left the nests alone due to the cold, but I think Black had 4 each time and I think Juliet had 6. Two of Black’s litter went to the neighbor as Christmas presents. That leaves me 6 older kits and 4 younger ones currently growing out in the colony. In the first litters, the kits were all solid black or californian colored. In Black’s second litter, there was one brown tipped one colored like Juliet. I suppose I’m not 100% positive the litter was Black’s (and not Juliet’s), but the nest fur was solid black. I know nothing about rabbit color genetics, but at least I’m getting some that aren’t white!

 

I realize this thread is useless without pictures, but surprisingly I haven’t taken any rabbit pictures. I’ll have to remedy that tomorrow.

Edited to add some bunny pictures. 🙂

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