Rabbit babies are born hair-less, helpless, and frankly, pretty ugly. Their first week of life they grow so quickly! You can see viable changes every day. Daria had seven kits. My rabbits have had bigger litters but the medium sized litters always seem to grow bigger and faster, and its less likely any of the kits will die. My target litter size is 8. The biggest my rabbits have ever had is 13, and the smallest was 3.
Day 1: Hairless, eyes closed, colors somewhat recognizable by skin color
Day 2: Hair is starting to come in, just barely, eyes closed
I thought these three little dudes were ruby eyed whites but there is just the barest light brown tinge…
Day 3: Not sure what happened but I forgot to take pictures this day. D’oh!
Day 4: Colors are becoming more obvious, kits have gotten significantly bigger, eyes closed
Color is starting to come in on the two chestnut agoutis. You can really see the brown coming in near the shoulders and the head.
By this time it is obvious that all three of these little ones are either fawn, cream, red, or some type of tort. I am REALLY hoping they are fawn, cream or red as those are all colors I am trying to get more of in my herd.
These little kits looked pretty similiar at birth but you can see that the one on the right is getting darker. Both of them have the white ear lacing and bellies of some type of agouti/chin. Opal? Chinchilla? I don’t know yet.
Day 5: Color is coming in very well, eyes still closed
Look at that color!
This little one has taken on a “blueish” look. But he still has a white belly, and white ears so he isn’t a self…
This one still has a white belly and white ears but is a very light grey color.
Day 6: Colors are deeper, eyes still closed
One week old! You can really see the color coming in on the agoutis.
Izzy had babies on Thursday. Not sure if her milk production was low, or if she was being a neglectful momma but out of eight kits born only three survived. Her last litter she only had three kits. She gets one more chance and if things don’t go well Izzy will be looking for a pet home. I fostered Izzy’s kits to Daria and am letting them nurse with Izzy daily. I was thinking to sell Daria to a pet home but now I am thinking I might not!
This is a picture of one of Daria’s kits at 9 days old and one of Izzy’s kits at two days old. It really lets you see how much they grow in a week.
Any angora breeders out there have any ideas about the dark and light gray kits? What colors could they be?