Woodleigh Creek's Rabbitry Journal *Holding off with the rabbits*

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Hello everyone! This is my journal for my rabbitry, Woodleigh Creek Rabbitry. To start off, I am going to give a little background information.

I live in a small house with no land in a neighbourhood in Columbia, South Carolina. After I had to get rid of my chickens, I was looking for a new project. One that would not put a lien on our house. I went to the general 4-H meeting to see what was available. I heard that they were starting up a Rabbit 4-H club. I had had rabbits before, but only ones from the petstore.

The speaker showed pictures of all types of rabbits, but the one that really caught my eye was an Angora. After she was finished, I told her I wanted to join the club. She asked me what kind of rabbit I wanted so I told her I want an Angora. Apparently, the kind I wanted (English Angora) was a bit to big for me to take care of, so she suggested a Jersey Wooly. A few months later I got my first pair. A tort buck named Suka and a black brood doe named Hufflepuff. I went to my first show that month and Suka got BOB twice. After that, I got a blue doe who I named J~Woww and bred Hufflepuff and Suka.

In her first litter, Hufflepuff had 3 kits, though only one survived. That kit was sold and I rebred her. She only had one kit who I kept and named Hummingbird Heartbeat. He got 3 legs and a RIS his first time out. I entered him in one open show to see how he placed. Out of 40 rabbits, he took BOB.

By that time, I had gotten 4 more rabbits. A broken squirrel doe named Lat Friday Night, a REW doe (broken) named Hot Stuff, a REW buck named Waking up in Vegas, and a Smoke Pearl named Starstruckk.
 

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Delaney's Suka, Tort Sr. Buck

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Woodleigh Creek's Hummingbird Heartbeat, black jr buck

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PP's Waking up in Vegas, REW jr Buck

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PP's Last Friday Night, Broken Squirrel Sr. Doe

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PP's Hot Stuff, REW (broken) Sr. Doe

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PP's Lady Hufflepuff, Black Sr. Doe

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PP's J~Woww, Blue Sr. Doe

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PP's Starstruckk, Smoke Pearl Jr. Buck (He is in molt)
 

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Absolutely Beautiful Show and Breeding Stock. :bow

Truly look forward to reading your further success. :)
 

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Ms. Research said:
Absolutely Beautiful Show and Breeding Stock. :bow

Truly look forward to reading your further success. :)
Thank you so much! I really love them.
 

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8 days ago today, my doe, Last Friday Night "Friday", kindled for the first time. She was bred to Suka and gave birth on August 28th to 5 kits. Out of the 5, only one was a peanut.

The babies have gotten very cute and fuzzy and it is easier to see the colors. They are all agoutis, though one is a false charlie broken. I have one chestnut, one chinchilla, one unknown (i am thinking opal), and one broken chestnut.

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Congratulations on the babies. Your rabbits are lovely and you have a good eye for photography :D

What is a peanut? Is it a runt?
 

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Thank you so much! :D I love taking pictures of my bunnies in my free time. Though it takes a while for them to learn to pose. And some (like Hufflepuff) just refuse to do so. :rolleyes:

A peanut is a baby with two doses of the dwarf gene. Normal rabbits, such as Californians, Rex, French Lops, and Satins, do not have this gene. Dwarfs, such as netherland dwarfs and jersey woolies, have one copy. When both parents give the baby a dwarf gene, you get a peanut. Peanuts ALWAYS die. Most die within a few days, though some can live to be two weeks. Peanuts have big heads with small ears and small bodies and are noticeably smaller than their brothers and sisters.
 

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Had a very good day with the babies! When I got home I took the nestbox out to check on the babies like I normally do...and one of their eyes was open. It was the little chinchilla which I call Pumped Up Kicks (It will probably be switched with one of my other bunnies names depending on gender and quality).

Then I had some of the neighbourhood kids come over to see the babies. Kicks was a hit as usual. :rolleyes: He is quite a showoff for such a young age. :lol:

All the other babies are doing well, though most of them peed on me today. I brought the little opal baby in to see my great grandmother and it peed right there! :hide

Thats about it for today. My black doe, Hufflepuff is due on Thursday, and Im hoping she is actually pregnant!
 

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Didnt have a very good day today. :( Then when I came home to check on my rabbits it just got worse. For the past week, my best rabbit, Woodleigh Creek's Hummingbird Heartbeat has been scratching me up every time I picked him up. Today I found out why. I decided to trim his nails and found out that he broke a toe! :hit Now he will probably be DQ'd from the show in two weeks. I just hope it will get better before the convention.

Hopefully I will wake up to some Hufflepuff babies tomorrow. :fl
 

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