Over the Christmas break, Marilyn (our Blue Rabbit) gave birth to 10 babies. I had, once more, lost track of time. I lay the blame for this on Christmas. I became aware of this when my eldest son proclaimed loudly one morning that there was a baby rabbit head laying in Marilyn’s hutch. I rushed out and he wasn’t wrong. A baby blue bunny head was left on the ground. I quickly realised what had occurred. Marilyn had given birth and I would guess that the baby was still-born. It is natural in the wild for the rabbit of a dead baby to eat it… it both prevents predators from finding the nest and returns some nutrients to the mother.
I quickly ensured that she had fresh straw, food and water. Approximately 10 minutes later I came to check on her and she had given birth to nine more, live, little bunnies. They were a mixture of White, Blue and Black bunnies. Over the course of the next couple of hours I tried to keep an eye on them. I noticed that all of the white and black bunnies were kept in the nest, the four blue ones were left on their own. Then late in the day, I found all four blue bunnies dead. So now she was down to five.
There was nothing I could do to correct this. I had to let Marilyn look after the babies herself. I know that hand feeding bunnies rarely works out, and I couldn’t look after that many. I also didn’t think that they would die so quickly.
Since then they have been growing well and I my son (who looks after their food and water, also taking care of selling them) may be placing them for sale soon.
I need to get my own diary so I can make better notes on when to expect the arrival of new members of the Bunny family.