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Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#1  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:59 am


So as most of y'all know I just got blessed with a litter of 6 newborns and their coats are starting to come in and making me scratch my head a bit. Initially when they were furless there were 2 pink kits and 4 blue kits. Mother is a blue American rabbit, and father is a white meat mutt (A&M / NZ), so I assumed the 2 pink kits were white and the 4 blue kits were going to be blue like Momma. That's not what's happening....

So the blue kits are really, really looking like they are black, not blue at all. Blue is a dilute of black so does make sense that she could throw black right? Not too much of a mystery there but what further confuses me is that the white kits are not coming in white at all, more of a cream color. I first noticed yesterday morning (kits were 1 day old) then that got moreso ingrained when I fed them last night. Now this morning they really don't look white and I feel confident they are not going to turn white.

I suppose this means the white meat mutt buck is hiding something under that white coat? What would throw this color? I know it's hard to tell at this point since they really don't have much fur on them at all, but I thought I'd throw this out there and see what y'all thought on it. He's had one other litter with another white meat mutt and they threw black and white kits.

Mother, Clover.
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Father, D'artagnan.
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:36 pm


I've heard of some blue American carrying non extension, not super often, but that's what it looks like here

It looks like the dark ones are gold tipped black steels (aka just "steel" - they end up dark enough to consider them black) and the light ones are fawns
The black (non dilute) must come from the NZ parent, he's probably not dilute under that white
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#3  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:49 pm


blacks and two reds.. can't complain. :)
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Dood » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:36 pm


What colour eyes does the buck have? He looks frosty (with brown or grey eyes) to me rather than white (with red/pink eyes)

I also think the "blacks" might turn out steel ;)

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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#5  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:34 am


Day 3 pictures of the fawn kit.
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SableSteel wrote:It looks like the dark ones are gold tipped black steels (aka just "steel" - they end up dark enough to consider them black) and the light ones are fawns


Gold tipped black steel? How is that any different from just self black? They are looking extremely black at this point, lol.

ladysown wrote:blacks and two reds.. can't complain. :)


They sure are cuties!

Dood wrote:What colour eyes does the buck have? He looks frosty (with brown or grey eyes) to me rather than white (with red/pink eyes)

I also think the "blacks" might turn out steel ;)


The buck has blue eyes and has black individual hairs on his face and on the very tips of his ears.
When would one know if they turn out to be steel or just self black? What's the difference?

Closer picture of the buck's face.
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nyctra » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:08 pm


Papa is a Frosty/Ermine.
I was gonna say, the fawnish kits have some smutty lookin' inner-ears, and that they looked kinda like minimally-pointed torts, but I guess I forgot to hit submit last night. :| Now I wanna say even more, those fawns are torts! :lol:

Now you gotta keep a doe and breed it back to papa for some sallander buns. 8-)

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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#7  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:07 pm


Okay! Good to know I'm not crazy! I also had my suspicions about them being torts. It'll be really neat if they do end up turning out that way! I know we're just guessing at this point seeing as they aren't even a week old, lol, but it's kind of fun. Glad to hear someone else was getting the tort vibe. ^_^
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Dood » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:14 pm


Gold tip steels are agouti = A_ B_C_ D_ Es_ and silver tip steels are = A_ B_cchd_ D_ Es_

Blacks are self = "aa B_C_ D_ E_" or "aa B_C_ D_ Es_" but steel blacks are visually identical to non-steel blacks so the gene easily hides in self rabbits

I'm not convinced you've got torts :hmm: could you post a picture of the side of the kit with some belly showing like the kit on the left (a gold tip steel) in the picture below ?
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#9  Unread postby 2CrazyFools » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:47 pm


Dood wrote:
I'm not convinced you've got torts :hmm:

That makes two of us! :D Though it certainly crossed my mind these last few days, I'm still so new at this you could say it's fawn steel and I'd believe you :lol:

Here's what I was able to get this evening, s/he certainly wasn't very willing for a belly shot! I'm assuming fawn has a whiter belly and tort has a darker belly? These guys do appear lighter in my opinion, as well as that lighter ... racing stripe (lol) down the side. I didn't notice it in person but it's pretty apparent in the pictures.
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I cannot WAIT for them to open their eyes... overly enthusiastic about eating now and end up inhaling the formula up their noses because they are going crazy. :down: Bad kits. No.
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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Dood » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:29 pm


Looking more like fawns with those lighter bellies than torts

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Re: Okay... lightly confuzzled. (Kit colors)

Post Number:#11  Unread postby aussiegirl » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:59 am


If your white male has Blue eyes then he could be a Vienna carrier. I'm suprised none the kits have broken patterns (Vienna marked) since he was bred to a solid colour if this is the case.

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