On Wednesday I put Cinder (purebred Rex) in with Sushi (mystery breed buck). Babies are anticipated around 4/28 if the breeding attempt took. This is my first attempt at determining Sushi's breed. Because rex fur is a recessive gene, crossing a rex to a normal-coated rabbit will produce all normal-coated babies that carry the gene for rex. If Sushi is a rex cross, then breeding him to Cinder will produce half normal coated and half rex coated offspring. If all of the kits have normal fur, then I know that Sushi doesn't carry the gene for rex fur.
Today I picked up two new does. Both are broken black purebred Satin does. One is Snuggles (above) and one is Bubbles (below) - they came with the names. I will be using Bubbles to breed to Sushi today or tomorrow (for potential 5/2 litter arrival). Like rex, satin coat is also recessive, so breeding Sushi to a purebred satin will either confirm or rule out satin genetics in his bloodline.
Lola's bunnies have developed into adorable little fur balls. There's just five of them now, but they're so cute, and we're getting them used to being handled. Little #5 sat down with one and I was able to take a couple cute photos. They'll be out of the nest box any day now and playing in the cage.
I noticed recently that my three rhubarb plant are coming up. As some may remember, last year I started one Glaskins Perpetual from seed, and bought two Victoria bulbs. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that my Glaskins Perpetual (which grew just fine last year) is coming up... Red! Red? I didn't even know such a thing existed. I've only ever seen green leaf rhubarb plants, and the most variation I've found is green versus red stems. This is new to me. Has anyone ever grown and eaten from a red rhubarb variety? Glaskins is supposed to be a green leaf variety. Perhaps it will turn green as it grows for the season? I'm tempted to contact the seed company to ask about it.
An update on Floki's litter, we did lose the little one. I checked on the nest box Friday afternoon and Mabel was cleaning her, but she was already gone. We just have Piggy left, and he's doing well. He's quite plump, eats well and readily from both Floki and Mabel, and his eyes are starting to open. I'm cautiously hopeful. He's starting to get light blue patches, so it will be interesting to see how he turns out.
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