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Lol, nope. Do you still have the bottom section closed off?
 

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Lol, nope. Do you still have the bottom section closed off?
No, but I'm putting it back today, or moving the whole nest box to the bottom now that they're in and out.
 

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Okay, I closed off the access to the bottom and turned it into another space for our other down. Now I've freed up a space for Roo who is staying with us because we just love him (or her) so much. 😁😁
 

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Well, I guess might point was, just take the nest box out of the top section, close off the bottom and just let them all hang out with mom and the other kits, in the top. However, your way could work, too. I'm raising a runt, myself. He's about 2 months old and about 1 1/2 -2 lbs, right now and blind. I'm not for sure in both eye's or not. He seems to be able to notice me when feeding. I've moved him around since I sold his mom and siblings, awhile back ago. He was first in a pen with six other kits and now he's in a pen with 2- 4 month females. He's adjusted well with all of them. He knows when its feeding time and where the water bottle is. He snuggles with the others or they snuggle up to him, like they know he's not all there and want to take care of him. So, they do and can adjust. :)
 

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Well, I guess might point was, just take the nest box out of the top section, close off the bottom and just let them all hang out with mom and the other kits, in the top. However, your way could work, too. I'm raising a runt, myself. He's about 2 months old and about 1 1/2 -2 lbs, right now and blind. I'm not for sure in both eye's or not. He seems to be able to notice me when feeding. I've moved him around since I sold his mom and siblings, awhile back ago. He was first in a pen with six other kits and now he's in a pen with 2- 4 month females. He's adjusted well with all of them. He knows when its feeding time and where the water bottle is. He snuggles with the others or they snuggle up to him, like they know he's not all there and want to take care of him. So, they do and can adjust. :)
*The other doe, not other down. Autocorrect.
She was living in the shed so closing off the ramp gave me 2 separate hutches. Mom and babies up top, other doe on the bottom. When we breed that one, she should be able to raise her babies in her current spot, too. We're slowly getting this thing down, making adjustments as we learn, thanks to everyone's help here!
I completely cleaned out the hutch in the process. I removed the nest box but left it intact, out fresh hay in the little house and replaced the nest box on it's side so they still have all the fur and scent and whatnot, but they can all move around freely. They've all been snuggling on Roo again.😍

How did you know your runt was blind!? So fascinating. This is all so cute. My husband planted meat bunnies in our heads a couple years ago and we ended up with pets last summer. I have no idea how I'll transition from seeing them as pets to food. 😫😫 I'm going to need different breeds for sure because I'm far too attached. Haha.
 

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I had an odd ball like that. Real calm. Always hanging with Mom when they started getting out of the nest box. Not real active never squirmed like the rest when I picked it up. Nobody picked on it. It was fat, saw it feeding. I don't know why but it passed in the night. I always wondered was it the one I found cold on the wire. Lived almost 5 weeks. Have they started eating solid food yet?
 

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All snuggling together again! 😍😍 Literally on top of the lonely runt. Haha. one of them tried munching on hay yesterday but I haven't seen them going for the pellets.
 

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*The other doe, not other down. Autocorrect.
She was living in the shed so closing off the ramp gave me 2 separate hutches. Mom and babies up top, other doe on the bottom. When we breed that one, she should be able to raise her babies in her current spot, too. We're slowly getting this thing down, making adjustments as we learn, thanks to everyone's help here!
I completely cleaned out the hutch in the process. I removed the nest box but left it intact, out fresh hay in the little house and replaced the nest box on it's side so they still have all the fur and scent and whatnot, but they can all move around freely. They've all been snuggling on Roo again.😍

How did you know your runt was blind!? So fascinating. This is all so cute. My husband planted meat bunnies in our heads a couple years ago and we ended up with pets last summer. I have no idea how I'll transition from seeing them as pets to food. 😫😫 I'm going to need different breeds for sure because I'm far too attached. Haha.
*Seems like your doing everything right. You'll be a pro in no time! ;)
*As for my runt, it took a lil while to realize it. He ran around in circles like he was searching for something. In time I noticed a pale white glare over his eyes. More on one eye than the other. He still goes around in a circle, favoring his left eye, so that's why I say he can probably see more out of that one. He has no problem finding the food or water bottle. I also think he's mentally challenged, but other than that, all the other rabbits love him and he's healthy!
* And As for meat rabbits, I don't handle the rabbits, except for when they're newborns and when I'm sexing them. And I don't name them. My breeders are numbered like I have Number 1 papa buck and #2 papa buck. The does are Numbers #1-4. I don't want or need to get attached to something that's eventually gonna end up in the freezer, well, there may be an exception with the runt. :)
 

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He sounds so sweet.
We're still a couple years off from meat rabbits. We'll need to get different breeds because I'm sure these will only ever be seen as pets, they are just too cute. When we have acreage and room for infrastructure (more cages) we'll have to find the white rabbits with red eyes, per my daughter's request. "They'll be too creepy," she says. Haha
 

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Hi again! Been a busy day and been wanting to sit down and chat some more. Just have to care of a couple of more things and I'll be back.
 

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