Sunday, October 31, 2010

Project Weekend - Pink Bangs

While changing our printer cartridge this morning, the man of the house had a brilliant idea...

Check out FeiFei's cool pink bangs. He has the hottest bangs in town! :D
Warning: DO NOT try this on your bunny.
Now we wonder how long the dye would last on his fluff head.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weaning young rabbits

This is one overdue post - but better late than never.

Since the 4th of the month, we have started weaning the young rabbits. These rabbits at 7-8 weeks old are ready to be separated from the mother and are already feeding on their own. In fact, some baby rabbits start feeding on pellets from the 11th day onwards. At this point, we would like to highlight that there are some unscrupulous breeders who would wean the baby rabbits as early as 3 weeks old or as soon as the rabbits are eating and drinking on their own in order to maximize turnover or productivity. The rabbits at this stage are at its cutest and is just the size of an adult's palm. Now, who wouldn’t say NO to a cute fur ball? But, hold your horses and hold that bank note in your pocket. Buying a baby rabbit like that means being weaned before its time and chances of the rabbit making to adolescent is slim and may develop other health complications such as being weak or having diarrhoea. Worse is, they may not be strong enough to overcome such weaknesses. Besides, you wouldn't be able to tell if "what you pay is what you get". Many paid for an Angora Rabbit but a few months later realized they had bought a normal bunny with long face and pointy ears instead!

Baby rabbits would depend on the mother’s milk for nutrients as they are still developing and their digestive or immune system is not strong enough to fend them even though they may be eating or drinking on their own.

Question: When to wean?

It is subjective. Based on our experience, 7 weeks is ideal though there may be times when a rabbit is ready to be separated from its mother at 6 weeks old while some may require more time with the mother.

Question: How to wean?

Take one at a time from the mother. Start by taking the biggest or the strongest. Alternatively, you may take all of them away except for one, which you could separate it from the mother a week later.

It is advisable not to wait past 12 as certain sources claimed that rabbits may get pregnant as early as 13 weeks. We don’t know how true it is for we would have separated the baby rabbits from the mother by then.

You may also determine the sex of the rabbit and separate the males and females into their own cages.

Do check their teeth for any signs of "wolf-teeth" or malocclusion. Make sure the upper teeth do NOT meet the lower teeth or the lower teeth do NOT overlap the top teeth. The teeth will dig into the gums and the rabbit will not be able to eat. This would require clipping by a vet on a regular basis.

Question: How can I tell if I am being offered with a rabbit which is barely a month old?

Sizes of the rabbit vary according to its breed. Know the standard size of the specific breed of rabbit you intend to buy or find out more about the rabbit's parents from the seller.

Question: What to look out for when purchasing or adopting a young rabbit?

Observe the characteristics and physical attributes of the rabbit. A healthy one has shiny eyes, clean ears, nice coat, is active, inquisitive and eats well. Also, check on the feces and make sure no signs of diarrhea or other health problem. Oh of fur mites!

Question: What to feed a young rabbit?

It is not advisable to feed a young rabbit below the age of 6 months with any fresh veggie or fruits. This is because their digestive system may reject and can have diarrhea. Best is stick with pellets, hay (timothy) and clean water.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

When the lion R-O-A-R-S

Here is our young Lionhead - Kayla, whose Dam is Jess and Sire is Sean.

This photo was taken when Kay is 1 month old. She is a tort Lionhead and is a little camera shy.

Pines's Kay at 2 months old.
Look at her perfect pose (okay, not 100% perfect but almost). There has been a number of inquiries for this tort bun but we had to decline for we have decided not to sell this doe - yet. She seems to have the attributes of a good Lionhead.

Now Kay is 3 months old. She looks like a buck though. But upon checking (or sexing the rabbit), Kay is a she-bun. A doe to be exact. She has a nice head and a compact body. Just one thing... her ears need to improve as they are a bit long for a Lionhead. Ah well, never mind... let's see how she develops. Hopefully the ears would stay short in proportion to the head and size of the rabbit. So stay posted for more ROARing news! :D

Friday, October 22, 2010

What happened to Toto

It has been awhile since we last updated this blog. Anyway, today we would like to share some pictures of Toto's progress.

This is Toto when he was 2 months old.
Good structure but the ear is a tad bit long at this stage. He is also in the midst of molting. Posing, fail! Need practice, practice and lots of practice.

Toto at 3 months.
Molting has completed. He is now covered with new fur. His head is also beginning to grow bigger and yes, we like his bone. Posing, another YES - Improvement! :)

Four months.
Check out his head. His crown is also starting to develop. WOW!

Toto 5 months old.
Look at the bone, the crown, the ear and his structure!!! :) They are all coming together. He almost got the perfect pose too. We can't wait for another month to see his development :) Toto also may be having company in the near future. So he may have a partner (or more) and would not be lonely anymore. :)