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Kit born with eyes open

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning and Raising Young Rabbits' started by PendergrassRanch, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Mar 6, 2014
    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    A couple weeks ago, one of my does kindled 13 kits. 2 were DOA, 11 alive. One kit had its eyes open. I've never seen anything like it. People mentioned "Max Factor" but since it is a recessive gene, both parents have to have it. The doe is a Cal/Flemish. The buck is a 9lb broken mutt.

    The kit was small but not the smallest in the litter. She was always fat and thriving so I let her be. She turned a greyish color not long after being born. Her fur came in "ermine" and she is growing up just as well as the others. 1797005_10203198742638199_1277465885_o.jpg Rooster 0223 637.JPG Rooster 0223 646.JPG Rooster 0223 648.JPG Rooster 0223 689.JPG

    Thought you guys would enjoy this :)
     

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    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    Here she is with the doe :)
     

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    GLENMAR

    GLENMAR True BYH Addict

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    That was a really big litter.
     
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    P.O. in MO

    P.O. in MO Overrun with beasties

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    That's something I haven't seen before. Thanks for posting all the pics.
     
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    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    It was this does largest so far but also only her 3rd litter. Her sister just kindled 13 a few days ago.
     
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    aksrabbitgirl

    aksrabbitgirl Exploring the pasture

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    wholy cow thats awesome how many days was s
    he prego when she had them?
     
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    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    She was on day 30/31. I don't count the day of breeding as the first day.
     
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    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    Thought I would update and let you know that little miss Demon baby passed. She developed a large hernia and was doing fine until I found her one morning.
     
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    Bunnylady

    Bunnylady True BYH Addict

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    Sorry to hear that you lost her, though I can't help but wonder if the two conditions (open eyes, hernia) may be in some way related.

    My understanding of the Max factor is that is a problem specific to Netherland Dwarfs (I had a few Max factor babies turn up in one particular line of Dwarfs). Since you are talking about commercial sized rabbits, I'd think it a bit unlikely that your mutt buck would be carrying it, and highly unlikely that your Cal/Flemish doe would be. Still, I suppose that if a mutation happens once, it can happen again somewhere else (or something very like it, at any rate).
     
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    PendergrassRanch

    PendergrassRanch Loving the herd life

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    My thoughts precisely. I do believe she was a genetic mess from the beginning, or she just did not develop properly and was "forgotten" about by the mother body. It was an interesting case. I did not have the heart to do a necropsy, which I regret.