I have good news and bad news. As much as I love shouting the happy stuff from the rooftops, I try to be realistic in my posts and today was a little trying if I am being honest with myself.
First, the great news: Tacoma kindled 7 lovely chocolatey kits. They don't have enough fur to say for sure what color they are, but I don't see black or blue. Also glad to see that our buck Vanilla Bear just proved himself finally after all these years of living as bachelors with his brother Chocolate Bear, lol.
Not-so-great news: Kurayami kindled 6 kits. Sadly, she continues to show essentially no mothering instincts beyond the initial nest building. She promptly killed 3 of the 6 by squashing them so she could lay in the nest box. I thought last time she had trouble kindling, but this time I know better because I heard their squeals as I went out to check. Unfortunately, it was too late for half the litter. I moved the box, added more hay for her to lay on, etc. and she was trying to do the same thing while I was still in there watching.
I will tolerate some less-than-perfect characteristics. I don't have great type so I do the best I can. I don't need to have all of my rabbits be kissy-faces, but I just can't tolerate poor mothering skills. Sadly, Kurayami has been added to the cull list. Even more disappointing is that her only two survivors from her last litter are bucks that I don't currently have a need for. I have fostered the 3 newborn survivors onto poor Tacoma, who now has 10 in her box and I will hope and pray that 1 of Kurayami's is a doe that I can keep to replace her.
On a happier note, I weighed and evaluated our 8 week old kits today. The blue doe from Valkyrie with half an ear will be staying here and we hare thrilled to have her. She is cute and has decent type all things considered. She is also very friendly and cuddly. Here are the weights for everyone:
Blue doe: 3lb 9.5oz
Blue buck: 2lb 11.7 oz (still a runt)
Black buck: 3lb 9.8oz (He is really well marked, but I found two white toes! Nooooooooo)
Black buck: 3lb 15.2oz (a lovely porker from Kurayami, so bummed he is a buck)
So that's the latest and greatest. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!