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Friday, December 16, 2011

Luna's Babies

Breed Netherland dwarf
Sire B Berry's Merlin
Dam RS's Luna
DOB 14 Dec 2011
total kits 4

Glorious day--your doe has kindled (given birth). The chances of you ever actually watching your rabbits giving birth are very slim. They'll just wait till you leave before giving birth - they can do that, you know.
Me? At this point I’m dying of curiosity.
  • Are all the kits alive and healthy?
  • How many new kits in the nest box?
  • Is the doe taking care of them?
  • Can I safely check, or handle, the kits?

Amazing events, are rabbits giving birth. Let’s answer these questions, because after your rabbit kindles, you need to ensure the doe and the kits are all fine.

Are the baby rabbits all alive and healthy?
You need to know, because if there’s a dead kit in the nest, and there might be, you'll need to remove them before they start rotting, smelling and attracting flies.
There could also be a few stray placentas laying around. The doe usually eats them. This apparently increases the correct hormones that she will need for making milk. But if you find any in the nest, and you might if the litter is large, then just pull them out and throw them away. The doe will have nothing to do with it, once she's finished with giving birth and feeding the babies their first 'meal.'
Rabbit kits are born with their eyes and ears sealed shut, and completely furless. Don’t be alarmed at how they look - it'll take them a couple weeks for the fur to grow in enough to keep them warm outside the nest box.

How many newborn rabbits are there?
Imagine rabbits giving birth to 15 babies! A rabbit litter can number anywhere from 1, all the way to 15. Yes, a couple of our does have kindled 15 kits. No, they didn’t all survive, sadly.
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It's just as difficult, rabbits giving birth to just 1 kit. Chances rise that it freezes to death, even in the nest. But one of my does, who had just one kit, sat in her nest and helped keep the little one warm. Smart doe, I thought.
There are ways to help rabbits giving birth to more kits than she can handle. Your outcomes will improve if you remove a few of the babies from the nest, perhaps fostering them to those rabbits giving birth to just a few kits. This gives the stronger kits a better chance at a good start in life, and the weaker ones a better chance at survival.
Here’s how I do it: I let nature take its course for a couple days. At the end of, say, 2 days, it becomes evident which of the kits are not strong. The weaker kits will not be getting their fair share of the doe’s milk, and by, say, 2 days, these kits will have thin abdomens. 

I will remove the scrawny kits from the nest.  the gray bunny has no tummy. You don't want to see such a waist-line! But I'm happy to report that she still managed to get enough milk to do okay. She is still the runt of the litter, but doing very well. She may even turn out to be nice enough to show, once she discovers the delicious rabbit pellets.
Ideally, I reduce the litter size to at most, 10. Sometimes a few more kits become scrawny as well. In this case, the litter might end up numbering around 8. Most does are just fine with 8 kits. That's why I like to have 2 or more rabbits giving birth on the same day. It increases the odds I can foster a few kits to another doe, if necessary.
Is the doe taking care of the baby rabbits?
After rabbits giving birth comes the feeding of the kits, and the doe will likely take excellent care of her babies. But just to be sure, you can check the bellies of the kits. If they have nursed, their little bellies will be round, even distended.

But even if they don’t look full, they might safely go 1 - 2 days before getting a full ‘meal.’ This is probably built into the rabbit as a protective mechanism, since in the wild, the doe might need to stay away from the nest for a while to avoid leading predators to her kits.
Which brings up an important observation for domestic rabbit breeders: Mother rabbits only ever feed their kits once a day, rarely twice, and that for just 5 to 10 minutes. In this short time frame, the kits get their whole day’s milk supply. So, if you never see the doe go near the nest box, but the little kits have round tummies, everything is fine. You don’t need to help nature along. The doe is doing her job while you’re in bed asleep.

Can I safely check on the kits?
What a crazy lot of conflicting information there is on this point!
The answer is: Yes. Here’s how it works:
The doe has spent her 10 minutes in the nest at 11 pm at night. You come along in the morning and check on the kits. Even if you come along in the evening, you can still follow these steps.
  • Give the doe a handful of hay or whole oats (or other favorite treat). This distracts the doe.
  • Remove the nest box from the cage and place on a flat surface.
  • Move the mound of fur aside. If you see any dead baby rabbits or placentas, remove them.
  • Reach down into the deeper recesses of the burrow and pull out all the kits, counting each one.

    • Place them on top of the shavings in front of the burrow, one by one, where you can see them.
    • Observe that there are no dead kits in the back, down in their little sleeping burrow, and if there is, remove them.
    • Check that each kit has a full tummy and seems healthy. If the litter is large, there may be one or two whose bellies are not as full as the others, however hopefully they will have had at least some milk, and you can make a note to recheck in a day.
    • Replace the kits where you found them. Some may have already crawled back down into their burrow. Mound the fur where you found it, over top of the burrow.
  • Put the nest box back into the cage.
    The doe will come check it out. She might hop in the nest and feed her babies, but chances are better that she won’t return to her babies until late at night.
  • In the meantime, the kits will pick up the scent of their nest again, and lose your scent.
  • If your doe knows you and your scent, and is comfortable with you, the chance is very great that she’ll be completely unimpressed by your scent on the nest box. I have NEVER had a doe reject her litter because I checked the nest box.

  • If you have doubts, for example, if you acquired a pregnant doe who is unfamiliar to your home, if you never handle the doe, or if you know your doe is skittish or highstrung, then put a dab of vanilla extract on her nose. She won’t be able to smell anything else for a while, they tell me. You can check the kits safely, and they will lose your scent by the time she goes back into the nest to feed them.

Friday, December 9, 2011

dwarf rabbit information

If you’re a breeder of dwarf bunnies, or simply interested in knowing more about tiny rabbits, you’ll want to understand how the DWARF gene works, and how to manage your breeding program in order to maximize the numbers of true dwarf rabbits.
Let’s see how dominance versus recessive rabbit genetics principles apply to the DWARF gene.

The principles of dominant and recessive inheritance are the same for the dwarf gene as for other genes you just read about, such as rabbit coat color genetics.
The dwarf gene works as a simple dominant gene. This means that just one dwarfing gene will produce a dwarf rabbit. If you’re thinking ahead of me, you’ll already be formulating the following questions in your mind:
  • Since rabbits always receive TWO genes for every trait, what happens if a rabbit receives TWO dwarf genes?
  • What if a dwarf ends up with two normal-size genes? Is it still a dwarf?
Every rabbit has two size genes, along with the many gene duplicates for fur color, eye color, etc. Each sire and dam will pass on one of their size genes to each offspring, which will re-combine to make two per offspring.
Since the dwarf gene is dominant, just one dwarf gene will produce a dwarf rabbit. But this dwarf gene is also deadly, if paired with a second dwarf gene. Without a normal gene as a recessive back-up, a rabbit who inherits two copies of the dwarf gene always dies.
Here are the combinations of SIZE genes that any rabbit could receive:
  • Dwarf and Dwarf, or...
  • Dwarf and Normal, or...
  • Normal and Normal
What do these combinations "look" like in real rabbits?
The double dose of the dwarf gene results in a "peanut." A two-dwarf-gene combination is always fatal. The reasons for this are unclear, but it is thought that the double dwarfs have digestive and brain insufficiencies. They usually last 1-3 days past birth, but a few have lasted up to 3 weeks.
Peanuts are excessively tiny.
If you’re breeding any of the dwarf breeds, now you know why those tiny kits in your nestbox died. Breeders of the dwarf breeds deal with peanuts as a regular part of breeding.
The rabbits that get one normal gene and one dwarf gene are known as TRUE DWARFs. These are the animals that you want in your litters. True dwarfs are animals that match the standard of perfection for their dwarf breeds.
If the true dwarf is a Netherland Dwarf rabbit, it is round, short, and compact. The ears are short, and the feet are correct.
The true dwarf Holland Lop is tiny but massive, with all the correct proportions. And the other breeds carrying the dwarf gene are correct for their standards.
The rabbit that gets two normal genes is known as a FALSE DWARF.He does not carry a dwarf gene at all. But for most dwarfed breeds it’s not like you’ll get a twelve-pound rabbit.
Because the Netherland Dwarf rabbit is little to start with, the false dwarf is just a little bigger than normal. His ears will be a tad longer than normal, his body will be longer and gangly, and the feet will be longer. In fact, the Netherland Dwarf rabbit and Holland Lop breeders have a term for their false-dwarfs - "big uglies."
Most BUB's - big ugly bucks - are sold as pets. These false dwarfs are still very cute of course. But, if the BUB is very promising in many ways other than size, the option is open to keep the buck as part of your breeding program, for use with a true dwarf doe.
Similarly, dwarf breeders frequently consider keeping the BUD - big ugly doe - as a brood doe, if her body type is promising (not counting the extra size). Because remember, ideal dwarf rabbits have ONE dwarf gene and ONE normal gene. The BUD will contribute that normal gene to 100% of her offspring.
Given that dwarfs need both a normal and a dwarf gene, how can you expect dwarf rabbit genetic percentages to work out in the nestbox?
Remember that gene match-ups are totally random, luck-of-the-draw, a coin-toss. In one litter, there’s no telling what combinations you might get of true dwarfs, false dwarfs and lethal peanuts in one litter. But over many litters, the odds even out.
If you breed together two true dwarfs you’ll end up with:
  • 25 percent peanuts. These will all die, of course.
  • 50 percent true dwarfs. These are your keepers.
  • 25 percent false dwarfs. The BUD (doe) you might consider keeping as a brood doe. The bucks most likely you’ll sell as pets.
If you breed a true dwarf buck to a ‘big ugly doe’ (false dwarf), you’ll end up with:
  • 50 percent true dwarfs (your keepers)
  • 50 percent false dwarfs
So whether you use does that are true dwarfs or false dwarfs, if bred to a true dwarf buck, you’ll end up with 50% true dwarfs.
There could be a few advantages to using a BUD as a dam:
  • The larger doe may kindle more kits in a litter, increasing the odds for true dwarfs in a small measure.
  • The larger doe may produce more milk.
  • Lastly, because the BUD has only normal size genes to contribute, you won’t find any peanuts in the nest box. (Peanuts have to get a dwarf gene from each parent.)
On the other hand, you'll need a true dwarf doe in order to test whether your buck is a true dwarf or a false one (it's not always so easy to tell). Any peanuts in the litter PROVES the existence of a dwarf gene in both sire and dam, because both contributed a dwarf gene to the peanut.

There's nothing wrong with using an outstanding true dwarf doe for breeding purposes. Just be prepared to find a peanut or two in your litters. Some dwarf breeders cull the peanuts when they find them, and some wait until they expire on their own. If you choose to wait, do check the nest every day so you can remove them once they die. This keeps the nest clean from decay, odor and flies.
These breeds carry a DWARF gene:
  • American Fuzzy Lop
  • Dwarf Hotot
  • Holland Lop
  • Jersey Wooly
  • Lionhead Rabbit
  • Mini Rex
  • Mini Satin
  • Netherland Dwarf
I didn’t list the Polish rabbit or the Britannia Petite above, because technically, these miniature breeds are not ‘dwarfed.’
True Britannia Petites have been selectively bred for their tiny size - 2 1/2 pounds as an adult. (Max 3 1/2 pounds for Polish rabbits.) However, according to the American Britannia Petite Rabbit Society, most Britannia Petite bloodlines in the USA have been ‘corrupted’ with genes from Netherland Dwarfs in order to obtain a desired color gene. Along with the varied colors, the dwarf gene came along for the ride. Breeders of some "brit" bloodlines now find peanuts in their litters.
The same may also be true of some Polish rabbit lines.
All is not lost, however. Breeders can still test-breed, discover those individual rabbits that carry the dwarf gene, and eliminate them from their breeding program.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Desa Vista's EG

Feeding your Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. When feeding a Netherland Dwarf rabbits, it is important to remember that they do not need a high level of sugar or protein or a large bowl full of food. When feeding a mixed food the rabbit must eat everything that you give it. If you over feed the rabbit it will only pick out it's favourite bits and leave everything else and will not get a complete diet. Fibre is of the utmost importance to keep your rabbit fit, healthy and using their teeth correctly.
ADULT RABBITS:The basic diet for a healthy adult rabbit should consist of unlimited access to freeze dried grass or/and a good Quality Meadow hay, along with a variety of fresh vegetables (these need to be introduced slowly) and a limited amount of rabbit food---every day about 1.5oz's . Obesity is common in pet rabbits, and excessive amounts of food should be avoided. The first, soft stools that a rabbit passes are eaten again (a process called coprophagia). This is thought to supply the rabbit with most of its Vitamin B requirement,it also containsabout  healthy bacteria that the rabbit needs to digest their food. Thus helping to prevent diarrhoea.
BABY RABBITS:Rabbit food about 2-2.5oz's, freeze dried grass or/and hay should be available in unlimited quantities to baby rabbits starting at about three weeks of age. 

Hay/ freeze dried grass:is crucial to your rabbit's health as it is the main source of fiber/roughage which aids the digestion, helps prevent g.i. stasis and hairballs and it is helpful in keeping your rabbit's teeth in good shape. Grass hays or freeze dried should be available in unlimited quantities to all rabbits.
Rabbit food, should always be fresh. Don't buy more than three month's supply at a time or they may get stale and lose nutritional value.
Rabbits rely on a stable population of "good" bacteria in their gut, any changes in dietary intake should be introduced gradually to avoid sudden changes in types of bacteria present, as this can result in diarrhoea. Diarrhoea can kill.
My Rabbits are feed on my own mix of Rabbit food, along with Millen Munchy Grass and a Lovely Green Meadow Hay. These can be viewed at Dee Millen Rabbit Accessories.
Millen Rabbit Food:A complementary food for rabbits, to be fed in conjunction with forage such as clean hay or freeze dried grass, fresh water must be available at all times. Oil 4%, Protein 13%, Fibre 10%, Ash 5.6%. VitA 1000iu/kg, Vit D3 1400iu/kg, Vit E 40iu/kg, copper 20mg/kg.
Millen munchy grass:is a freeze dried grass, made from pure grass with only the water taken out. Protein 15%, Fibre 32%, Oil 2%, Prosphours 4g/kg. Very good for making a rabbit use it's back teeth corectly. This is a natural product which may vary in appearance throughout the season, this does not affect the nutritional value
Meadow hay:Last years cut,lovely and green, smells great the bunnies love it,
Water:Clean water must be accessible to rabbits at all times.  A sipper water bottle is the best choice because it cannot be contaminated with bedding, food, feces and urine. Rabbits unfamiliar with a sipper bottle may have to be trained to use it. It is not necessary to add vitamins to the water if the recommended diets are followed. The disadvantages of adding vitamins to the water include; making the water taste disagreeable and promoting bacterial growth. Bio plus can be added to the water when you first bring your pet home, this will help him settle in. Medications can be added to the water  but only under the advice of your vet. If you are not sure whether your bunny is drinking, place a small bowl by the rabbits water bottle. If a rabbit stops drinking, within a couple of days, it will stop eating. So always check that the bottle is working, by flicking the end.
Freezing Water Bottles: I use a product called Vyderphor this is a four in one disinfectant, not only does it help to stop the water from freezing, it also stop the bottles from going green in the summer. It keeps the water fresh and clean. it can also if used stronger be used for cage and aerial disinfecting as well as scrubbing out food dishes and litter trays, i find it very good for getting rid of buck wee from up the walls of cages.
An idea is to have two bottles on the go, one on the cage with a bottle cover on, the other indoors, when you go out to check
bunnies you swap the bottles over, the rabbits will drink almost straight away because the water will be at room temperature,
which they enjoy, and they will soon learn that when it is cold, mummy or daddy will swap bottles.
Dental Care
We all need to take care of our teeth, but that is especially true in the case of pet rabbits. The most common complaint is overgrown molars and enamel spurs that grow from teeth. These spurs generally develop because rabbits aren't eating enough forage and hay. These naturally-abrasive, fibre-rich foods are important because they wear down the teeth Rabbits' teeth grow continuously by an astonishing 2mm every week, or 10-12cm every year, a lack of fibre in the diet means that problems can quickly develop. Left untreated, uneven or insufficiently worn molars can lead to secondary complaints. Even if dental disease has already been diagnosed, the Excel Feeding Plan or correct feeding, can aid the chances of recovery and stop problems deteriorating further.

Monday, November 14, 2011

ND kits available /for sale

available buck and doe
RM250 -rm300 Negotible
pm for the best price
Dob 8/10/2011
boleh ambil pada awal disember 2011
US Bloodlines with pedigree
Chocolate carry

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Midnight's Eclipse (Midnight Rabbitry - ZR Rabbitry - Reko Rabbitry - RS Rabbitry)

CH. Midnight’s Tahoe 
Grand Champion Sr. Buck
G.C. Midnight’s Aldo (REW) x Midnight’s Saratoga (Siamese Sable)

CH. Midnight’s Papaya
Grand Champion Sr. Doe
Bramhall's Mark  (Sia. Sable) x Midnight’s Pear (Sable Marten)
BOSV @ 2007 ARBA Convention
Pictured in the ANDRC Guidebook


Saturday, October 22, 2011

B Berry's Maple Babies

Netherland Dwarf
Sire B Berry Merlin
Dam Berry Maple
total kits 5
DOB 20/10/2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Merlin and the seven dwarfs VS Snow white and the seven dwarfs

Breed Netherland Dwarf
Sire B Berry's Merlin
Dam Rs's Netherlina
DOB 8/10/2011
No of kits 4
Dam Reko's Netherina
DOB 11/10/2011
No of Kits 3

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Once upon a time in a great castle, a Prince's daughter grew up happy and contented, in spite of a jealous stepmother. She was very pretty, with blue eyes and long black hair. Her skin was delicate and fair, and so she was called Snow White. Everyone was quite sure she would become very beautiful. Though her stepmother was a wicked woman, she too was very beautiful, and the magic mirror told her this every day, whenever she asked it.

    "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest lady in the land?" The reply was always; "You are, your Majesty," until the dreadful day when she heard it say, "Snow White is the loveliest in the land." The stepmother was furious and, wild with jealousy, began plotting to get rid of her rival. Calling one of her trusty servants, she bribed him with a rich reward to take Snow White into the forest, far away from the Castle. Then, unseen, he was to put her to death. The greedy servant, attracted to the reward, agreed to do this deed, and he led the innocent little girl away. However, when they came to the fatal spot, the man's courage failed him and, leaving Snow White sitting beside a tree, he mumbled an excuse and ran off. Snow White was all alone in the forest.

    Night came, but the servant did not return. Snow White, alone in the dark forest, began to cry bitterly. She thought she could feel terrible eyes spying on her, and she heard strange sounds and rustlings that made her heart thump. At last, overcome by tiredness, she fell asleep curled under a tree.

    Snow White slept fitfully, wakening from time to time with a start and staring into the darkness round her. Several times, she thought she felt something, or somebody touch her as she slept.

    At last, dawn woke the forest to the song of the birds, and Snow White too, awoke. A whole world was stirring to life and the little girl was glad to see how silly her fears had been. However, the thick trees were like a wall round her, and as she tried to find out where she was, she came upon a path. She walked along it, hopefully. On she walked till she came to a clearing. There stood a strange cottage, with a tiny door, tiny windows and a tiny chimney pot. Everything about the cottage was much tinier than it ought to be. Snow White pushed the door open.

    "l wonder who lives here?" she said to herself, peeping round the kitchen. "What tiny plates! And spoons! There must be seven of them, the table's laid for seven people." Upstairs was a bedroom with seven neat little beds. Going back to the kitchen, Snow White had an idea.

    "I'll make them something to eat. When they come home, they'll be glad to find a meal ready." Towards dusk, seven tiny men marched homewards singing. But when they opened the door, to their surprise they found a bowl of hot steaming soup on the table, and the whole house spick and span. Upstairs was Snow White, fast asleep on one of the beds. The chief dwarf prodded her gently.

    "Who are you?" he asked. Snow White told them her sad story, and tears sprang to the dwarfs' eyes. Then one of them said, as he noisily blew his nose:

    "Stay here with us!"

    "Hooray! Hooray!" they cheered, dancing joyfully round the little girl. The dwarfs said to Snow White:

    "You can live here and tend to the house while we're down the mine. Don't worry about your stepmother leaving you in the forest. We love you and we'll take care of you!" Snow White gratefully accepted their hospitality, and next morning the dwarfs set off for work. But they warned Snow White not to open the door to strangers.

    Meanwhile, the servant had returned to the castle, with the heart of a roe deer. He gave it to the cruel stepmother, telling her it belonged to Snow White, so that he could claim the reward. Highly pleased, the stepmother turned again to the magic mirror. But her hopes were dashed, for the mirror replied: "The loveliest in the land is still Snow White, who lives in the seven dwarfs' cottage, down in the forest." The stepmother was beside herself with rage.

    "She must die! She must die!" she screamed. Disguising herself as an old peasant woman, she put a poisoned apple with the others in her basket. Then, taking the quickest way into the forest, she crossed the swamp at the edge of the trees. She reached the bank unseen, just as Snow White stood waving goodbye to the seven dwarfs on their way to the mine.

    Snow White was in the kitchen when she heard the sound at the door: KNOCK! KNOCK!

    "Who's there?" she called suspiciously, remembering the dwarfs advice.

    "I'm an old peasant woman selling apples," came the reply.

    "I don't need any apples, thank you," she replied.

    "But they are beautiful apples and ever so juicy!" said the velvety voice from outside the door.

    "I'm not supposed to open the door to anyone," said the little girl, who was reluctant to disobey her friends.

    "And quite right too! Good girl! If you promised not to open up to strangers, then of course you can't buy. You are a good girl indeed!" Then the old woman went on.

    "And as a reward for being good, I'm going to make you a gift of one of my apples!" Without a further thought, Snow White opened the door just a tiny crack, to take the apple.

    "There! Now isn't that a nice apple?" Snow White bit into the fruit, and as she did, fell to the ground in a faint: the effect of the terrible poison left her lifeless instantaneously.

    Now chuckling evilly, the wicked stepmother hurried off. But as she ran back across the swamp, she tripped and fell into the quicksand. No one heard her cries for help, and she disappeared without a trace.

    Meanwhile, the dwarfs came out of the mine to find the sky had grown dark and stormy. Loud thunder echoed through the valleys and streaks of lightning ripped the sky. Worried about Snow White they ran as quickly as they could down the mountain to the cottage.

    There they found Snow White, lying still and lifeless, the poisoned apple by her side. They did their best to bring her around, but it was no use.

    They wept and wept for a long time. Then they laid her on a bed of rose petals, carried her into the forest and put her in a crystal coffin.

    Each day they laid a flower there.

    Then one evening, they discovered a strange young man admiring Snow White's lovely face through the glass. After listening to the story, the Prince (for he was a prince!) made a suggestion.

    "If you allow me to take her to the Castle, I'll call in famous doctors to waken her from this peculiar sleep. She's so lovely I'd love to kiss her!" He did, and as though by magic, the Prince's kiss broke the spell. To everyone's astonishment, Snow White opened her eyes. She had amazingly come back to life! Now in love, the Prince asked Snow White to marry him, and the dwarfs reluctantly had to say good bye to Snow White.

    From that day on, Snow White lived happily in a great castle. But from time to time, she was drawn back to visit the little cottage down in the forest.

Monday, October 10, 2011

newborn baby rabbit facts

If you are ever confronted with questions on baby bunny care-domestic, not wild rabbits-here are a few guidelines.
  1. Although rabbits build nests, they are not chickens and, after initial preparation, will not sit on their nests. They also do not stay on or by the nests after the babies are born. This would attract the attention of predators. The babies burrow to the bottom of the nest where they remain hidden until Mamma Rabbit wakes them up at mealtime.
  2. Only rarely does a mother rabbit nurse her young right after giving birth. Most often the first nursing will occur the night after the kindling. The rabbit's rich milk sustains the babies for 24 hours at a time. The preferred mealtime is between mid night and 5:00 a.m.
  3. A mother rabbit does not lie down in the nest, as a cat would do, but stands over the babies to nurse them. She does, however, clean them and lick their bellies and bottoms to stimulate elimination in much the same way as a cat.
  4. If you want definite proof that the babies are being cared for, check them early each morning. They should be warm and round-bellied. The best way to know for sure is to weigh them on a small postage scale or kitchen scale. Write down a description and the weight. If they're gaining weight (1/4 oz. or so), they're being fed.
  5. You can handle the babies even if the mother doesn't know you. Domestic rabbits are not that concerned over human smells.
  6. Rabbits are not prone to cannibalism, as many people think. Cannibalism is an occasional result of a stillborn litter, and this is nature's way of cleaning up the "mistake." The activity and noisy squeaking of healthy babies trigger the "maternal instincts."Only rarely does a mother rabbit truly abandon or ignore her babies. This may occur when a very Immature rabbit gives birth, In which case, she usually does not build a nest or make any preparations. Her milk production Is also delayed. Sometimes the babies can be hand fed for short time until the mother rabbit can take over the job. Again, their daily weight gain is the test of adequate nourishment. (If you must hand feed)
  7. Generally a male rabbit is tolerant of young rabbits and, if neutered, can remain with his new family. The father will begin to nip and play roughly with the sons as they begin to reach puberty and start acting feisty. Then It's time for separation. A male rabbit must be neutered before being put back with the mother because she can conceive again immediately after giving birth. They should be kept separate for a minimum of two weeks after neutering.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

Mature Netherland Dwarfs should weigh two pounds, making them one of the smallest breed. They are dense, stout, with a round head and wide skull. Their head is set up high on their shoulders. Netherland Dwarfs have bright, bold eyes. Their ears, about two inches or less. Netherland Dwarfs come in a wide variety of colors. The solid colors are: black, chocolate, blue, lilac, blue-eyed white, and ruby-eyed white. The shaded colors are: sable point, Siamese sable, and Siamese smoke pearl. The agouti colors are: chestnut, chinchilla, lynx, opal, and squirrel. The tan patterns are: tan, otter, sable marten, silver, marten, and smoke pearl marten. Other colors are fawn, Himalayan (which can be black, chocolate, blue, or lilac), orange, steel, and tortoiseshell. A Netherland Dwarf will be disqualified from an American Rabbit Breeders Sanctioned competition if it is over two and a half pounds or if its ears are more than two and a half inches long.
Netherlands Dwarfs are generally quite active. Occasionally they can bite, like most rabbits, but the best way to prevent any rabbit from biting is to handle them very often at a young age. (Biting may be caused by hormonal impulses to protect their cage.)  It is recommended that you purchase a rabbit that is five months or older so that you are sure of the temperament. They are not usually mean, but sometimes the personality changes for the worse when they hit maturity. So if you get a young rabbit as a pet, consider spaying or neutering.
Bunnies enjoy toys such as hard balls, cardboard tubes, and boxes to entertain them during the time you are not with them. Most rabbits will use a litter box filled with a non-cedar or non-clumping litter. They need a high fiber commercial diet and enough hay. They also need an occasional brushing.

Monday, September 26, 2011


When two "true dwarfs" (both buck and doe) are bred, the genetic pattern which makes them "true dwarfs" (Dwdw) ensures that a percentage of their offspring will inherent the lethal genetic combination DwDw. These offspring, often called "peanuts" by rabbit breeders, are destined to struggle with life for up to three weeks, and then to die. Reasons behind the death are unknown, but it is believed that peanuts have underdeveloped digestive tracts. The condition is 100% fatal, despite claims of some peanuts living to adulthood. Many ethical breeders humanely euthanize peanuts upon finding them soon after birth. Peanuts are easily distinguished from non-peanuts; they have extremely pinched hindquarters, a bulbous head, and their ears are often set further back than normal (sometimes almost onto the neck).
If two true dwarfs are bred, the statistical result will be 25% fatal 25% false, and 50% true. The actual numbers of true/false/peanuts in a real litter varies. "False Dwarfs" tend to have longer bodies, longer/larger ears, longer faces, and are often heavier than the 2.5 pound maximum weight for showing. While false dwarfs do not make good show rabbits, does from a good background are vital to a breeder's program. They have the same "good genes" as a true dwarf and are capable mothers, often having larger and more successful litters than true dwarfs. False dwarfs are easily judged for quality as the traits are generally the same, only bigger. Ear thickness/shape, fullness of hindquarter, topline, and other traits are the same.
It is common practice amongst Netherland Dwarf breeders to breed a proven show quality true dwarf buck to a quality false dwarf doe. This eliminates the chance of peanuts and yields quality offspring. The chances of false dwarfs is higher, but those offspring generally go toward breeding (some false dwarf bucks have proven themselves valuable to a breeding program) or are sold as pets.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

kits available / for sale

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Breed Netherland dwarf