Today's big question? do rabbits form social connections outside of their bonded groups, do they recognise family members after months apart? No.. well i'd hav...e agreed with you, untill today....
yesterday I picked up Freyja from a fellow fancier, she was bred by me (out of marrion, she's hatties litter sister) she had not seen the group of girls since she was 8 weeks old and taken off her mum, since then she has been shown, rehomed and lived with another fancier. I put her into a bottom hutch in my shed and when i let the girls out this morning, they followed me in as usual, but instead of eating the split hay, they all sat in front of fraya's hutch just looking at her...
marrion became very frantic pullingon the hutch doors and chewing the wood, I decided to do something rather risky (i shut hattie into the hutch with the babies so that freyja wouldnt have any access) and let her into the run with the girls... this is what happend.
Freyja has now been returned to her own hutch, but I plan on giving her a few hours out with the girls each day untill the babies are older and I can introduce her to the group full time
We have had two new does join us this week :) I thought i'd introduce them to you, they are currently both housed in our temp outdoor hutches, but i'd love to try them in the colony in a few weeks
This is blackberry our young 12 week old californian doe :) she's so beautiful, cali's are a new breed here for us that i'm going to have a go at showing, hopefully we'll find a boyfriend for her once she's finnished showing, she's amazingly adorable and the californian markings are some of my all time favourites.
And Freyja (a little smoke doe from Marrion and Pip) came home and will be joining the colony once the babies are a bit older
We had a lovely litter born today from Hattie and Thor :) very excited to see what they produce
The girls were very busy yesterday, Marrion and Minerva (the two older proven does in the group) have been pulling fur like crazy, Pandora (the younger doe) has been moving all this straw (and leaves) from one hutch to the nesting area through the tunnel, theyve been at it all day... While Hattie (the mother to be due at the end of the week) has been relaxing on the 'sun terrace' and generally taking it easy... Here she is inspecting their work.
She did get involved today and has pulled some of her own fur and started to re-arrange the nest. I've also put a wooden frame around it to protect any potential babies from been trampled by their over-zealous 'aunties'
Whizbee our beautiful polish boy died very suddenly last night. We don't know why as it was a quite, warm night, he was fit and well with no signs. Sadly as its the bank holiday we can't have a pm done so I guess we'll never know :(
And Magic my beautiful satin boy sadly gave up his fight today. He's not been eating for a week or so and having to be given liquid feed, this is sadly just his age catching up with him :(
Sleep tight boys you will be so missed I can't even begin to explain it.