The weekend has passed, and more babies have been born to Halley which you will be able to see below as black blobs. Dawn and Comet on the other hand have not given birth, and we're starting to be fairly certain that at the time they were bred Dorado was heat sterile!
It's unfortunate but not crippling to us since with Halley's litter with Umbra we have 15 on the ground right now. We are deciding at the moment whether we should attempt a re breeding with Dorado right now and risk an early November litter. If we were to do so it would only be with Dawn since Halley and Comet will be going away soon to make room for new stock coming in from elsewhere. right now our inclination is to risk it, as long as we don't have the melt and freeze cycle with LOTS of snow we should be ok. The picture Above Left shows what most of the pictures of babies look like, namely flailing blurs of active babies slamming themselves around trying to fling themselves to their deaths. So far we haven't let any of them do so, but it's always something we try to be very conscious of.
Left is the nest of Halley complete with babies. I couldn't get a great photo because it's been fairly cold and I don't want to expose the babies to needless temperature variation. Given that Halley had 10 kits, and Twilight only had 5 living kits, I moved the two largest kits from Halley to Twilight and fostered them off to have litters of 7 and 8. So far that hasn't been a problem on either end, and all of the kits are growing well. We've been doing weight checks in the afternoon for warmth reasons, so I don't have a today weight update on the kits for folks, but I'll include the numbers from yesterday, and hopefully by Thursday I'll have the spread sheets up and running.
84 (Foster) 80
76 (Foster) 64
So far they are all doing decently enough, and Halley's smallest babies have grown significantly since their birth, so here's hoping they both do well! I don't have more photos of Twilight's litter right now due to her attentiveness requiring everything with her kits to be a two person operation!
A final rabbit update, if you remember the concern about the runt from the teenagers, it seems to have recovered and by that evening was jumping on its siblings and cousins heads to get at the food dish and was all over the place. Crisis passed for now!