The Woes of Does

Rabbits as a species are terrible mothers. If it weren’t for their large litters and quick reproduction I’m sure they would have died out. I was disappointed to see some poor examples of motherhood in my rabbitry. One of my dutch does kindled a baby on the wire and then cannibalized it pretty badly (this will be a picture less post for PG reasons). Thankfully she did have one live baby in the nest. The doe next to her had a litter of 12 day olds and one got out of the nest. We’ve had a cold snap and our night time lows have been near freezing for several days, so he froze (and it wasn’t one of the pet marked ones either. Hmph!) One would think it wouldn’t take that much intelligence for mama to have at least snuggled her kit, to share body heat. I know expecting her to put it back is too much to ask, they’re not retrievers after all. But I mean come on, how dumb are rabbits really? Thankfully, GC LDR’s Eve semi-pulled thru for me, she had a litter of six, 2 were DOA but the rest are snuggled warm in a nice nest. Only problem is these four babies are all torts and so is my singleton. I think I may have to tattoo a dot in his ear, so I can foster him in with the bigger litter.
I write this post to encourage other breeders especially new breeders. Raising rabbits can be tough (ironic, I know). So, I just wanted to show that even seasoned breeders don’t always have it work out just right either, and don’t get me wrong, my does usually do a pretty good job compared to some breeds. But if you keep at it, eventually there will be some winners in your nest boxes.

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Meet N Greet Monday

Well, I’m late again, but at least its not Friday this time. So, with out further ado, meet….
LDR’s Mulan

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Mulan is a first generation cross I attempted to improve my torts. She is sired by Megan’s Austin, a very nice blue buck I bought. She’s out of my tort doe LDR’s Belle, a brood doe I think I may have let go of too soon. On the table Mulan won one Best of Variety, besting some of Scott Williamson’s famous blacks. I was quite pleased with that! Lol. But Mulan’s real value has been as a fantastic producer. She throws nice babies with lots of depth. I have 3 daughters I have retained and in her last litter I got this nice buck, SKM11

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This handsome fellow just won Best of Breed up in Red Bluff earlier this month. Mulan is now bred to my new steel buck Lehmann’s Frazier, can’t wait for that litter. Another great thing about Mulan is longevity that she inherited from her grandma,LDR’s Aurora. Mulan is 3 years old and could probably still compete on the table and is still throwing good babies. That’s my kinda doe.

Best Rabbit Show

This past weekend I went to the quad show in Red Bluff and oh my lord, what a great show. Seriously, my best show ever! I brought home 2 BOB’s, 3 BOSB’s, 13 BOV’s and 11 BOSV’s!!! In all this winning I granded out several rabbits too. It was such a blast. Besides having a great weekend on the table, I also had a blast with friends,we went Saturday night with a large group of breeders to dinner at the best Mexican restaurant ever. My steak fajita quesadilla was to die for good! And even cold the next day for lunch it was still fabulous. I’m so tempted to drive back to Red Bluff just for some more of that delicious food. So, here’s a list of each rabbits winning for the weekend.
Dutch:
GC LDR’s Skipper – BOV Black & BOSB (A&C)
LDR’s SHP12 – BOV Blue (A&B)
GC LDR’s Gunner BOV Tort (A&B), BOSV (C)
LDR’s SKM11 – BOV & BOB Black (B), BOSV (D)
Lehmann’s Frazier – BOSV Steel (A,B,C & D)
LDR’s MQ10 – BOSV Tort (A)
Schmall’s Megan – BOSV Tort (B)

Polish:
GC LDR’s Onyx – BOSV & BOSB Black (A), BOV & BOB (C)
GC LDR’s Pixie – BOV Blue (A,C & D)
GC LDR’s Kryptonite – BOV Broken (A)
GC Sypneski’s Grover – BOV Blue (B), BOSV (C)
LDR’s Cowboy – BOSV Broken (D)

See, it was a great show! I also loved the award they gave on Saturday. Arn’t they the cutest?

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Belated Meet N Greet Monday

Meet…. My sales list. Lol! I’ll be attending the show in Red Bluff this weekend and have lots of bunnies for sale, so here we go..

LDR’s Violet (LDR’s Hunnicutt x LDR’s Bella) Tort Sr.D 10/9/10. Nice doe, has 2 legs and is a good mom. $35

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LDR’s Caesar (Schmall’s Peter x LDR’s Rachael) Tort Sr. B 1/13/12. This buck is a full brother to my awesome LDR’s Maximus. I’ve used Caesar a few times for his shorter stops, but we just have way too many bucks so he needs to go. $45.

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LDR’s SKM11 (SS Horus x LDR’s Mulan) Black Jr. B 7/9/12. Cute buck, tad long in shoulder but nicely marked and doing well on the table. $45. May carry blue, as both parents carry blue.

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LDR’s Bubba – herd buck with 11 legs. Pics and more info here Price slashed for quick sale.

LDR’s HA11 (LDR’s Hershey x LDR’s April) Black Sr.B 4/11/12 This buck is a promising boy out of my two most winning animals. The sire has 7 legs and the dam has 9, including a RIS. He has already picked up a leg in his short career. Carries chocolate.$50

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LDR’s KT11 (LDR’s Kryptonite x LDR’s Tamara) Broken Black Jr. B 6/12/12. Cute little buck with nice blanket pattern. Nice depth of body and head will get stronger will age. Both parents have 3 legs and he carries blue. $45

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