Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two week old baby Angora bunnies

 Ginger and Wesley's Angora breed babies that are now about 2 weeks old.  Notice they have recently opened their eyes and are still quite snuggly in the nest box.  Their back legs aren't coordinated enough to hop yet, so they crawl when they do try to move.  Although Blue-dini Houdini (our little white baby that is strong enough to get out of the box and escape who has blue eyes) is proof of what is yet to come.  This baby can hop and is super energetic and strong.

The babies are awake and moving around only a few hours each day, just in time to eat and burrow back inside the fur the Momma Bunny ripped in the box to help keep them warm.  (We are keeping the nest boxes inside while the weather is still so cool outside and then bringing the babies to Momma just to eat).

Instinctively rabbit Mommas only feed for a few minutes and then they are done for the day to protect the babies from predators.  We gently place the Momma in the nest box for feeding the babies twice a day.  She arches her back and the babies crawl underneath on their backs, reaching upwards to drink the Momma's milk which has enough calories and liquid to provide for the babies needs the whole day.  Because there are nine babies, there aren't enough places to eat, so we always put the littlest one in first to make sure it has the best chance at the milk. The  tan one is still the smallest but it is very healthy.  Each day they are awake longer periods but are quite content to just snuggle.

We letter their ears alphabetically and then once they are old enough for us to see their gender parts, we pick a name -- unless we call one by its personality or looks earlier.   Even after MANY MANY litters we have only misnamed one when we discovered that George (was very curious) was really Gigi.  Ha! In fact Gigi Peacebunny became a Momma Bunny on April 10th, and we saw five super healthy, well fed babies in the nest box yesterday.  The Momma rips some of her fur out and places in the box usually within the hour just before giving birth, which will help keep the babies warm.
Angora rabbits are a long haired rabbit and the fur is seven times warmer than wool.