I trust that everyone is doing well and that all of your bunnies are hopping right along. I wanted to give some updates on a few things.
First, our water system for the rabbitry is now fully automated! We now have a storage capacity of 275 gallons which is amazing. The most expensive component after everything was completed was the tubing but we have discovered a less expensive source for the expansion.
We have several broken red and solid blue bucks available and we also have a 1/2 pedigreed litter of black/broken blacks. In addition we have a full pedigreed litter of blues and blacks as well as another small litter of blues.
That being said, we are pleased to announce our latest litter of blue/broken blues and at the same time saddened to report that our latest litter of red/broken reds did not survive. NB's Phoenix decided not to care for these babies so she pushed them to the side of the nest box and chose the rest of the box for her own space.
This is not some foreign situation and we deal with these things from time to time. Now the decision to be made is whether not to rebreed her immediately or just "rest" her. Considering that this was only her second litter we may just rebreed her next week.
I write these things to let you know that some of the struggles that you may face that would cause you discouragement and may even have you to consider throwing in the towel are commonplace. We, as breeders, can do "everything right" and we will be reminded of something that I say often. It is still "up to the doe". I have seen several posts of failed attempts to "warm and revive" kits that mom has decided not to care for and I have to ask myself why. I understand the desire to want to save these babies but as much as I have tried over the years I have found that the success rate in minimal, at best, because it is still "up to the doe". I do make fostering attempts from time to time but not before I consider all the facts and possible consequences of any action I might take. On that note I will leave you with something that I remind myself of often - when in doubt, don't do it.