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SoDak Thriver

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Have a chuckle at my expense:

Last summer we moved from a barn with cages system to an open air rabbit colony. 23 does are in the colony, 4 bucks in the barn. We have Californians and Silver Foxes. I netted a Cali doe I wanted to breed, ear tattoo E1, and put her in a cage with our lovely, friendly, top performing Cali buck Fatso, tattoo number F1. Fatso lives up to his name. He is big. He has a bit of a dewlap. We named him because he was a sole survivor in a small litter and we had to rescue him from being overfed. When I pulled him from the hutch as a kit, he was almost a perfect square and his feet wouldn’t touch the floor. Miraculously, and with advice found on this forum, he lived.

Anyway, I put E1 in Fatso’s cage at about 2pm, and put her back in the colony at dusk when we feed. I checked the ear tattoo and put E1 back in with the does. Then I went on to my chores. About a week later, I dumped a wheelbarrow load of weeds harvested from around the property in the colony. The does all formed a circle around the pile and started chowing down. Except one. This one was circling around behind the other rabbits trying to mount them and getting shaken off. I went back in the barn and checked the rabbit in Fatso’s cage. In my defense, E1 and F1 look a lot alike in the twilight.

Fatso wasn’t fat. He looked lean and healthy. His dewlap was gone. He was all buck. I’d made a HUGE mistake.

It’s been 31 days now and I put lots of covered nest boxes and bucket burrows in the colony to give the bunnies lots of choices for birthing kits. They chose…..none of the above. They have dug a deep and curving hole that I cannot reach nor see the end of. They cover the entrance with sticks and dirt and there is always one rabbit sitting on top of it. There is a trail of pulled hair going the length of the tunnel. I have no idea how many kits there are. I have no idea if they’re alive or dead. I know the temperature inside the tunnel is in the mid 50’sF when it’s 34degF at night, so it was probably a good choice. I know does are going in and out of the tunnel, covering the entrance back up each time. I know they can cooperate in a digging line and dig long tunnels wicked quick. Fortunately, one of our functions aside from pet and show rabbits is that we are a meat operation and colony is big enough to hold LOTS of rabbits.

I’ve learned that rabbits might be smarter than I am. They are certainly more organized. I will post an update and pictures when I find out if there are kits and how many. In the meantime, I watch and I wait.
 

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Oh gosh, that's so adorable, they teamed up against you :D.
"Watership Down" comes to mind, sure, just fiction, but it made receptive for the thought that there might be more going on in that little heads than what meets the eye :)

Thinking about me having had 6 litters instead of the planned 2 last year I sure had a chuckle :D
 
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