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Addressing the special needs of the breeding doe and her kits. Includes nutrition, gestation, nest boxes and materials, and tips to ensure survival of the young.
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Winter Litters

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:32 pm


Let's do something fun! Anyone expecting or have some cute winter litters?

I am just counting down the days till my Steel Mini Lop Mama gives birth. She has been pulling fur and started making her nest...hopefully I will have some babies by Tuesday! :popcorn:

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#2  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:46 am


i had two born this past week.
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Zass » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:55 pm


I have two japanese does who are due in a week, one black and one chocolate. They are proven, but it'll be their first time with me. Can't wait to see what they throw!!

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:44 pm


Hope those litters go well. Would love to see some pictures of their babies after they're born!

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Zass » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:18 pm


Both does were over a year old, proven, but first timers for me, as I only recently acquired them. Both does built a glorious nest exactly where it should be and then produced near identical gigantic stretched-out kits. :( (The does do not share one single name on their pedigrees.) I'm going to go ahead and diagnose this as environmental instead of genetic. Most likely just too much body fat, which is easy to do with harlis. I will rebreed in about a week to keep the ball rolling for them and expect better results in march. :)

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:30 pm


That is not fun.

The doe I was hoping on, who same as you, was proven but I just acquired her, never delivered any babies, even though she pulled some fur. Unfortunately, this is her second strike - I think I am going to have to get rid of her.

-- Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:32 am --

Finally had litter. My Chestnut agouti Mini Lop kindled ten live kits on Sunday! So far, all are alive and healthy - although there does seem to be one runt.

It looks like there are mostly black self and chestnut agouti. However, there are two colors I am not sure about. They are definitely agouti based (pink tummy, ears, etc) but I have never seen this color before.
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-- Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:30 pm --

I am getting more confused...the kits looks like it is getting shading - just like a black tort. However, it has distinct agouti markings? The sires genotype is aaB_C_ddEe and he may carry c(chl) or c(chd). The dam is AaB_C_D_Ee Enen

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Bridget118 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:33 pm


I have two does due soon. Hopefully we will see kits around the 20th. Both are proven but this is their first litter with me. One is a black tourt and the other is a self black. Both have red in their lines and where bred to a broken castor with red lines. Crossing my fingers. Can't wait to see what they throw!

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Keiraash13 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:18 am


I had a litter born yesterday!
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BEW Mini lop dam (I think they are Holland lops in the US).
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#9  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:41 am


You have a very colorful litter! Congratulations. :)

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby mountainrabbits » Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:20 pm


I have a litter due March 2nd from my broken blue magpie buck and REW doe, with 3 more pairings of him and a chocolate doe, him and a blue otter doe, and a blue pointed himi marked doe all due March 19-20th so in theory I might get some pretty kits in the next month :) Lots of blue/blue otter/broken blue I am guessing, possibly some black from him and the REW doe depending what she is under the white. No idea what him and the chocolate will produce so it should be fun to see what happens! All of these will likely be for meat unless I keep some to breed back to sire/dam for magpie coloring or rexed fur. I will post pictures after they kindle *fingers crossed* that they all do well

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