#1 went out to bring the shelved kits out for their evening feeding and came in upset. She couldn't catch momma bunny and cried "she just keeps running over the other babies, and they're screaming." Other babies?? Bring them in!
Tony went out to help her, and they were able to catch the momma bunny. I know #1 wants to call her Mother of Ruins, but I've been calling her Thumper. She thumps her feet every time I try to catch her. It actually helps to identify where she is and which rabbit we're trying to catch (she looks very similar to Lady Mo, who does not have any kits at this point).
After feeding they came in to show me three new babies. Two black and a broken black. They said there was one other that had already died, but these three were warm and active.
It won't be long now until the bigger ones are going to be attempting escape from the nest box. I've got to make a decision on if we will be keeping them indoors until they're ready to go, or if they'll be rejoining the coop colony when they're a smidge bigger. I think right now they're still small enough to attract too much unwanted attention from the chickens.
We will also have to come up with some solid names for the older kits. It's getting a little old to call them by their color. We've tentatively chosen Babylon for the white one, and Machu Picchu for the brown one. For now the black one is simply "the black one" or as #5 calls it, "Boon's cousin."
Given the dates for the new litter, the father would have been the dutch lionhead buck that was in there initially. The momma is the broken black that came from the resort, so I know they're unrelated. Breed however is a best guess. Momma looks like a broken New Zealand, dad was definitely a dutch lionhead. Kits will likely just look like normal rabbits but could carry some wonky (lionhead fur, dutch pattern) genetics that are hidden.
The new litter will be six weeks old on Christmas Eve.