Thursday, July 25, 2013
Two litters born, two to go.
Unfortunately I don't have photos of Twilight's litter because she's being hormonal with us again, and in the woods the dark lighting makes it difficult to get good photos So for now we'll have to make do with a few photos of Dawn's litter. Unfortunately with Dawn's litter the left baby that's upside down in the Top photo isn't likely to make it. It was born at 32 grams, and has lost 2 grams coming to a grand total of 30 grams today. Not a promising number when you look at the rest of the litter, or honestly even just on its own.
On the positive side though, the rest of Dawn's litter is doing well. Their initial growth is a littler lower than I like to see from all but the biggest kit, but it's not a concerning set of numbers other than the runt that I predicted wouldn't make it from day one.
1 2 3 4 5 6
07/24 32 45 51 60 69 70
07/25 30 48 55 68 77 83
Twilight's small litter is doing spectacularly well, our going theory is that the biggest baby got that way by consuming its unborn siblings in the womb. If we're fortunate its stomach will burst open and 9 healthy and strong baby rabbits will burst forth, and it will go on with its life controlling time.
1 2 3
07/23 44 52 83
07/24 50 61 90
07/25 62 68 103
More seriously though, both litters are looking good other than being a bit small for Twilight. We're expecting Halley and Comet to give birth any time, if both of them give birth. My current going bet is that only one of them will give birth to a viable litter again. Either way we're looking forward to seeing how many living kits they give birth to between them. If between Dawn, Halley, and Comet we have 3 nipple spaces open we are going to go ahead and transfer Twilights kits over to the three of them and promptly re breed Twilight and at the same time do our first breeding with Sunshiine.
There's actually lots going on in the garden, but unfortunately I woke up late and can't provide photos for today. The brief run down is, our squash plants are producing almost nothing but male flowers which is inconvenient since only female flowers can set squash. Our corn is falling over, likely because I didn't plant it deep enough. Or tomatoes have been a second teaching experience to add to the Kale, don't plant too close together. We have a tomato jungle. And in that tomato jungle, a couple of the plants, but only a couple have turned out to be too heavy for the light weight bamboo trellises. So we're kind of scrambling to deal with that. All in all, we're learning a lot this year via our traditional method, read thoroughly, make mistakes, and scramble to fix or survive them!
Signing off for now, I look forward to being able to share many baby photos with you Tuesday, and talk more about the fast moving learning experience that is a first year garden.