Today is windy and cold. Its hard to believe that in a month or so it will officially be spring! The proof is in the animals at Emancipation Acres. The ewes bellies are getting bigger and bigger, and they have started to move a bit slower and act a bit calmer. The first group will lamb around the end of March, and the next group will lamb about a month after that.
This morning Midnight had a surprise waiting for me in the nest box….eight wriggly kits! Five of them look like they are black, two look white, and the last one looks like it might be a blue or a lilac. When I went back this afternoon to snap a few pictures I saw one of the other rabbits pulling wool for her nest. I didn’t want to bother her so I’m not exactly sure who it was. Shaq is the father of both litters.
They don’t look to cute now but they will get a thin layer of hair in about a week, and by two weeks they will look adorable.
Here is a picture of the back end of the colony. The does kindle (give birth) under the dog crates. I like the dog crates way better than traditional nest boxes. When their are no kits, the does like to jump up on them, run inside them ect. When their are litters they give momma a place where she can feel secure and hidden. The air holes in the crate ensure good ventilation.