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Well, the fur pile in Toffee's nestbox revealed 2 kits, also both dark. So I don't know if she had more than 4. It's possible she had more and was in process of cleanup when I found the dead kits. Now I don't know if I should move some of Sugar's kits over, or just leave her with two. Unless I tattoo them, I won't be able to tell them apart. Darn first time mom luck.
 

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Well, the fur pile in Toffee's nestbox revealed 2 kits, also both dark. So I don't know if she had more than 4. It's possible she had more and was in process of cleanup when I found the dead kits. Now I don't know if I should move some of Sugar's kits over, or just leave her with two. Unless I tattoo them, I won't be able to tell them apart. Darn first time mom luck.
She should do fine with the two kits, but if you needed to move then you can use a permanent marker and put a dot in the kits ears for ID....I have used the marker and you do have to redo in a few days on a rabbits ear :)....congratulations on your two healthy kits .....pictures ?
 

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She should do fine with the two kits, but if you needed to move then you can use a permanent marker and put a dot in the kits ears for ID....I have used the marker and you do have to redo in a few days on a rabbits ear :)....congratulations on your two healthy kits .....pictures ?
I didn't take pictures because I was worried I'd freak Toffee out if I had them out for too long. I think she would be ok with two, it just her sister had 7, and I was thinking the litters would grow more evenly if they were rearranged between the moms.

I need to look at Expresso's pedigree again, but I'm thinking he's probably Aa, B-, CC, Dd, EE. I think he's sired 4 litters so far, and produced chestnuts/castors and opals (dilute castor), plus these dark kits. They could be chestnut/castor, but they need more fur before I can tell.
 

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Checked both nests around lunchtime and Toffee still has two and Sugar still has her 7. I pulled the 7 out because I wanted to count them so I took a quick picture. Looks like two are dilute, so it looks like Sugar carries a dilute gene. Still can't tell if they are agouti or self, Expresso's dad was black so he carries self. Sugar has grandparents with self so it's conceivable she carries it. Need more fur to determine.
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We received an offer on my house and accepted it! If all goes as planned, escrow should close within 30 days. Starting to panic slightly as we don't know where we are going to live yet. We could move back in with either set of parents, but we have the cats to consider. Fiance's dad is highly allergic so it would make living there difficult. We might be able to find a fifth wheel or motorhome to live in, which we could then use if we are able to get the 20 acre parcel we've been eyeing. We will have to get pre-approved again, we got pre-approved in October when we put the house on the market last year.
 

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The trailer sounds like a plan if you will be able to find a place this summer. You could even live in it on acreage putting in electric, water and septic first then house building. Of course it might get a bit cold in your area in the winter, something to consider if the house isn't built by then.
 

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The trailer sounds like a plan if you will be able to find a place this summer. You could even live in it on acreage putting in electric, water and septic first then house building. Of course it might get a bit cold in your area in the winter, something to consider if the house isn't built by then.
The parcel we have been eyeing has all utilities and a mobile home from 1973. Banks won't loan for a mobile home that age, but we might be able to get a loan through a modular home company and have the mobile home hauled off and modular installed. I'm hopeful it will work out.

The parcel is mostly flat and has a seasonal pond, plus some areas that flood in the wet season. We don't get that cold in winter, at least not enough for snow. Summer can be hot though, into the low 100s at the worst. There would be plenty of room for outbuildings, rotational pastures and the huge shop fiance wants. It's going to cost a bit though to cross fence everything and put in irrigation systems.
 

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Sounds very promising! Will the bank loan money for the land exclusive of the mobile home?
I'm not sure. That would be a good question for the lender. I know as long as the mobile home is there, they really don't want to lend on it. I have research to do this week. :)
 
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