Our baby rabbits are sixteen days old today.
We had thought that Licorice had given birth to six rabbits, and one of them died, leaving five. But today we discovered another dead one that we’d missed. On the positive side, though, we found that there are six living bunnies! So she gave birth to eight instead of six, and six lived.
Baby rabbits look kind of funny when they are born. Their eyes are closed and they have no hair. They look kind of like mice. But by a week and a half, they were getting some nice fur and had opened their eyes. Today I took some photos because they are just so cute.
We’ll take the nest box out in a few days. I think they are nearly ready for that. According to I’ve read, the rabbits should be weaned at four weeks and should be at market weight at about eight weeks. Then we’ll have to figure out which are male and which are female. It’s not very easy to tell! You have to feel their bellies for the teats. The males do not have obvious genitalia at all.
We plan to keep at least one doe for more breeding. We might sell a couple, but the rest we will butcher. When they are so cute and soft and cuddly, it makes me not want to butcher them! But this was the whole reason for having rabbits, so I will need to toughen up. (And let Stephan do the dirty work.)
Also, I need to call around to see if I can find anyone who will buy the pelts.