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Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Nymphadora » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:14 pm


Hey guys! :)

I figured it'd be easier for me to track this year's new litters all in one post that I can keep updating, so there will be multiple litters shared on this thread. I’ll update with each new litter.

Judy had her first litter (of the new year) yesterday, on February 12, 2018! A total of 7 warm and wiggly little popples! Her last two litters were 5 and 4, respectively, so this litter’s size is making me over-the-moon happy! Since she carries for dilute and otter, it’s likely we have a mix of castor, black otter, opal, and blue otters. If anyone has a trick to tell otters apart from agoutis this early on, I’m all ears! And photo as evidence:
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Such tiny, wiggly little things!
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Valley was technically due yesterday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she goes a day or so over… maybe I’ll come home to more kits tonight! And Jane is due later this week. They both have nice little nests made, and I am doing my best not to hover (good thing I have work all this week).

I’ll let y’all know how it goes! :oops:
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:29 pm


Very nice plump lil popples, Nymph! :D Seven is the perfect size for a litter in my books.

Nyah, nyah, Homer! :nana: So much for your :pokeeye: in the chatbox.

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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Homer » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:41 pm


MaggieJ wrote:Very nice plump lil popples, Nymph! :D Seven is the perfect size for a litter in my books.

Nyah, nyah, Homer! :nana: So much for your :pokeeye: in the chatbox.


Really? You don't think I'm done do you? You should know me better than that by now Maggie. :roll:

Starting up the greenhouses and have to go right now but..."I'll be back". :twisted:
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#4  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:01 pm


"I'll be back".


Oh. good! I can hardly wait. ;)

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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Nymphadora » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 pm


Homer wrote:Starting up the greenhouses and have to go right now but..."I'll be back". :twisted:

Bwahaha, don't worry, Homer, we'll be ready... :mrgreen: :twisted: :gettowork:
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Homer » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:42 am


Nymphadora wrote:
I figured it'd be easier for me...


For heaven's sake, we want to keep it easy for you. There's a reason your name turned green ya know.

Nymphadora wrote:... over-the-moon ...


Lets try to keep it on the ground will ya? You're not getting anything done up there.

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MaggieJ wrote:Oh. good! I can hardly wait. ;)


Back in the truck. Don't you have something better to do than hijack threads?

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Sorry I didn't make it back yesterday. This working on the greenhouse startups kicked my rear and will again today. Working on getting four, 6,000 sq. ft. greenhouses ready for a semi-truck of plants (plugs) Saturday. I was pooped last night after feeding my own "little pigs" and fell asleep before getting here. Probably wont make it tonight either but I'm sure you're both still in bed making up sleep for me...

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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Nymphadora » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:16 am


Homer wrote:
Nymphadora wrote:
I figured it'd be easier for me...


For heaven's sake, we want to keep it easy for you. There's a reason your name turned green ya know.

Well seeing as no one else has been giving me any trouble around here... :P

Homer wrote:Sorry I didn't make it back yesterday. This working on the greenhouse startups kicked my rear and will again today. Working on getting four, 6,000 sq. ft. greenhouses ready for a semi-truck of plants (plugs) Saturday. I was pooped last night after feeding my own "little pigs" and fell asleep before getting here. Probably wont make it tonight either but I'm sure you're both still in bed making up sleep for me...

Congrats on the greenhouse plans, wish our garden was ready this year! We just added some herbs to the planters around the front of the house, I don't have the time (or funds, more importantly) to get our raised beds set up the way I'd like before probably May... so for now we've got herbs, and two little canes of raspberries that I'm hoping will take off this year. :oops:

Homer wrote:Happy Valentines Day ladies!

Thanks, Homer, you too!!! :)
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UPDATE on the rabbitry: Valley had her babies very very early this morning by the looks of it! And 7 seems to be our lucky number! She pulled a ton of fur for the nest, and all the kits were tucked into the hollow where it was nice and warm. I am super proud of our little first time mama, I was preparing myself for a bumpier road. But the mothering instincts are strong in this one! :oops: :D
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#8  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:24 pm


Congrats, Nymph, on your new "lucky seven" litter! Your little first timer sounds like a star! Or maybe that should be a :love: seeing as it's Valentines Day.

Happy Valentines day to you too, Homer. And thank you for the present -- a box of bunny manure is just what my tomato plants are going to need, now that I no longer have rabbits myself! :lol:

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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#9  Unread postby Homer » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:44 am


Nymphadora wrote:Well seeing as no one else has been giving me any trouble around here... :P


Yeah, the place is getting kind of dull around here isn't it? Go ahead, say yes, I dare you. :laugh2:

Nymphadora wrote:Congrats on the greenhouse plans, wish our garden was ready this year!


Maybe you misunderstood, I helped build them over the last several years. I'm just getting them ready for the growing season right now. These are commercial spring growers and I take care of their operation. I winterize the water, heat and ventilation systems in July and bring them back up in Feb. Get starts from a plant grower and you have plenty of time to put in a garden in May. 5/10 or so is usually our last frost around here so greenhouses do pretty good business.

:congratulations: :wbounce: Popples are a good thing!

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MaggieJ wrote:... thank you for the present...
But of course Maggie. Rabbit raisins are important for a good garden. Wish you were closer, I'd bring you a truck load. ;)
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Nymphadora » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:34 am


Homer wrote:Maybe you misunderstood, I helped build them over the last several years. I'm just getting them ready for the growing season right now. These are commercial spring growers and I take care of their operation. I winterize the water, heat and ventilation systems in July and bring them back up in Feb. Get starts from a plant grower and you have plenty of time to put in a garden in May. 5/10 or so is usually our last frost around here so greenhouses do pretty good business.

I think I did misunderstand, a bit. I understood that the greenhouses were established, but I thought you were planting for yourself! It sounds like a tough job, but fulfilling nonetheless (working with my plants always puts me in a good mood, even if it's weeding).

MaggieJ wrote:Congrats, Nymph, on your new "lucky seven" litter!

Homer wrote: :congratulations: :wbounce: Popples are a good thing!

Thanks, guys! They're really darling! Here's Valley's babies from yesterday:
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but dark/colored ears means self, right? If so, I've got some self blacks and a blue!

And here's an update of Judy's kits (I'm thinking majority castor for the dark ones):
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There's two little ones in this litter that might benefit from an extra feeding, what's the best time to take out the larger ones to give these guys a chance to get more milk? I wouldn't want to deprive the healthy kits from mama's milk too soon... :oops:
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#11  Unread postby MaggieJ » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:17 pm


If you have the time to stand there while the two undersized ones get a head start, you can likely slip the larger ones in towards the end of the feeding. Usually if the doe is feeding twice a day, missing one feeding will not harm healthy, good-sized kits, but I do understand your concern.

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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#12  Unread postby Homer » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:54 am


Supplemental feed them with hand feedings. http://rabbittalk.com/updated-hand-feeding-formula-t27372.html
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#13  Unread postby Nymphadora » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:19 pm


Well, we lost the two runts in the first litter... couldn't get them to feed, no matter what we tried. :cry: I've read about failure to thrive on so many other threads, but it was still sad.

The rest of the litter is (thankfully) super chubby and doing fantastic! Going back over my notes, I also realized that since the buck must have carried self to produce self blacks and blues with Valley, I must have all castors and opals in Judy's litter (she carries otter). The two opals are the biggest in the litter, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

Valley's litter of 7 is still growing strong, and the little self kits are kind of cute (I still prefer agoutis, but hey, happy with what I've got!).

Still waiting on our third girl, Jane, but she's overdue by 4 days now and I'm wondering if maybe she didn't take after all. She was with a buck for a two week period, though (running around on the barn floor), so I'm gonna leave the nest box in. :?
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#14  Unread postby Homer » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:41 pm


Sorry you lost the little guys. Always seems harder when they're young like that. :encourage:
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Re: Nymph's Popple Watch 2018

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Nymphadora » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:04 am


Update time!

The first litter is starting to open their little peepers (not fully yet, but I can see their little eyes through the slits)! And they absolutely will not sit still… so sorry for the blurry photo. :oops:
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The younger kits are all still a mass of wiggly bodies, any time I stick my hand into their nest they pop all over the place. But if I can get them all in one area, they’ll huddle together and calm down…
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I’m happy these little guys are doing so well, I’m really looking forward to seeing them grow some more (DH finds the 3-4 week old phase the cutest, too)! :in_love:
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