I’m homeschooling again. It was a hard decision to make, but the results have been good. We’ve been at it for 3 weeks now and already the stress levels have gone way down. It has been a complete life overhaul to go back to it, though. At least we found a curriculum that is working for us.
We had a lot of craziness dealing with the rat, but we’ve got 6 live kits being raised by Luna Blue. It was touch and go there for a while. I had to feed the brown kit for a few days as it was not getting enough milk. It was weak, but just catching it up with an extra couple of feedings a day and it is now the same size as the red kit. They are both smaller than the white kits, but they are younger, too, so that is to be expected.
This is the method I used to feed the kit:
And this is how the litter is doing now:
The red doe kit we did not butcher because she was acting pregnant and had been in with her brother (we had thought they were both boys). But it has been 34 days so it is clear she is not pregnant. She is now 5 months old. We have named her Bonfire. We were going back and forth between that and Firecracker, since she was born on the 4th of July. But she is more of a Bonfire and we are calling her Bonnie. She is out of Firefly and Wildfire.
I am uncertain of whether or not we will keep her or sell her. Right now she is developing very well, has a gorgeous red coat color, and is starting to be more friendly and less skittish. Her body type is very good for a meat doe and she looks like she would make an excellent breeder. She is friendlier than Firefly who doesn’t want to be touched.
I had thought I was going to keep one of Cinnabun’s kits, but the one with the coloring I liked appears to be a boy. I say appears, because it wouldn’t be the first time one looked like something at 8 weeks old, but by 14 weeks old looked like the opposite. Such as Bonnie. And Felix before that. I may keep it anyway, as Alexander appears to have gone sterile and Leo has fur mites yet again despite keeping him and his cage very clean. So right now we can only breed with Starbuck and Wildfire.
On Tuesday I will be breeding Firefly and Serena. I am debating which doe to breed with Starbuck and which one to breed with Wildfire. Normally I breed Serena with Alex, but she’s missed with him the last two times (and he’s missed with 2 other does, so I know it is him) even though they’ve had successful litters in the past. I am not sure I want to put Serena with Starbuck since he is her uncle, but Wildfire is a lot bigger than her so I don’t know about that, either. I’ll have to make a decision soon enough.
I think Cinnabun is going blind. At first it just seemed like she was keeping her inner eyelids closed a lot. (Rabbits have 3 eyelids). But now it is all milky looking and she doesn’t appear to see my hand when I go to pet her. She jumps at my touch, like she didn’t see it. I have been treating her with Vetermycin eye drops, but am not seeing an improvement. She is still a good mother and doesn’t seem to have any problem raising kits. But if this isn’t an infection, if she is blind for no reason, it might be congenital and then I wouldn’t want to keep any of her offspring. I just wish I knew what the problem was. But I’m not going to take a $35 rabbit to a $150 vet who admittedly does not know anything much about rabbits to begin with. And blind or not, she can still raise babies. And very well, too.