Yesterday was a hard day. When I went out to feed and water the bunnies, I found a kit on the ground at the edge of the bunny barn. When I picked it up, I saw that the skin had been torn off one of the front feet, a toe was missing on the other foot, and a back foot was badly broken. I rushed to check the nest box, and found the rest of the massacre. Two dead babies, and two more with catastrophic leg wounds. After consulting with a rabbit group I'm in on Facebook, I suspect the neighbor dog got under the hutch and tried to pull the babies' legs through the 1/2" x 1/2" wiring at the bottom of the nest box. The three babies left alive were too damaged to survive, and I didn't want them to suffer. It was my first experience having to cull baby bunnies and though I knew something might come up some day, I admit I was completely unprepared to take this step. This is the hardest thing I've had to do in my experience raising rabbits. I was forced to kill babies that would have otherwise been perfectly healthy, well cared for kits - and I suspect it's due to my neighbor being irresponsible and letting her terrier run loose (despite a leash law in our area) yet again. An entire litter massacred. My kids cried, I did what I had to and then I cried too.
Rest in peace poor babies. I'm so sorry that your short lives included such pain and suffering. I'm sorry I had to take your lives to end your pain. I'm sorry that I failed to prevent this violent attack.
I will be working on getting fencing bought set up to prevent this from happening again. I think that if I surround most of the bunny barn with the plastic fencing about three feet tall it should be enough to keep the dog out. Then I can use a couple chain link kennel panels as gates/doors that can be slid out of the way while we are feeding and watering. This would also offer more protection if we have any escape artists in the future.