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Kit color question....

Post Number:#1  Unread postby bunny love » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:46 pm

My French lop doe has 10 kits that are 1 week old. They all have the white bellies and inside of the ears and some are beginning to get the white eye circles. All appear to be agouti. 2 of the kits are dark black so they would be chestnut right? 2 are dark brown what would they be? 5 of the kits are different shades of blue (Grey). And 1 is pink I'm assuming it will be white? Are the Grey kits with white bellies considered opal? Or are they blue? My doe is a chestnut agouti and the buck is all blue no white. I would post pics, but I can't figured out how. Any guesses?

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Re: Kit color question....

Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:53 am

Dilute and white bellies would be opal (might be blue otter too, but that's very rare in this breed, at least in the US)
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Re: Kit color question....

Post Number:#3  Unread postby hotzcatz » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:06 pm

Blue is a 'solid' color in rabbits, i.e. not an agouti based color. When you have agouti + blue, then it becomes 'Opal'. At least, in English angoras, not all rabbit breeds have the same color names. It's a pretty color.

The dark brown one with a white belly and white eye circles would be a chocolate agouti. At least, if it's an English angora. Not sure if the color name would change if it's a different breed.

The pink will be most likely a Ruby Eyed White. If you have the Vienna gene in your herd, it could be a Blue Eyed White, although most likely it is REW. Although, I think REW is dominant over BEW so it could be both? Genetically speaking, of course. On the outside, a white rabbit is a white rabbit. In any case, if it's pink at birth, it will be white as an adult.

The REW is just a 'whitewash' over what ever color the rabbit would be if it weren't albino. Which is something to keep track of if you're breeding for specific colors later.

Since the babies are the offspring of a solid color of rabbit, the blue buck, and an agouti, the chestnut doe, all the offspring will have a recessive for solid colors even though they all appear agouti. Well, except for the pink one, that one could possibly be a solid color although at this point it can't be determined. More than likely the doe doesn't have a recessive for solid colors or you'd have seen a few more non-agouti in there, but it's not certain since the statistical sample size is so small.
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