Well today was day 7 for my little incubating peeps and it was time to check them. Last time I got lucky and had 7 out of 7 fertile and 7 out of 7 hatch. Guess it was beginner's luck because this time....Not so much. I have 4 fertile ones, 2 infertile, and 1 that was an early death. It was the first time I got to view what is called the Blood Ring to indicate death has occurred and I have to say, it was pretty fascinating.
It is without a doubt that Daisy has always been my favorite. She's personable, calm, gorgeous, and just the right size. I even use to love how she'd yank at her hutch door with her teeth to be let out in the evenings (of course now she has free reign in her colony) and how moody she'd get when she was in estrus grunting anytime I came near her.
I couldn't wait for her to have babies. She was the most motherly of them all. Treating Rose, who was her equal, as her little kit, she would often groom her and cuddle with her.
But Daisy wasn't meant for motherhood. After 4 difficult and stillborn litters I decided it was enough. 2 of the litters had stuck kits and the others just didn't make it out alive despite everything we did. I made the choice a couple weeks ago to get her spayed. Yes, we breed our bunnies for conformity and show but they are pets first. Many breeders would replace her with a producer and rehome her. Not us. Daisy was part of this family regardless.
This is a picture taken of her with Rose's baby. She treats it as her own grooming it, even letting him pretend nurse on her. When I walked in last weekend and saw this my heart melted and broke
Chicks started pipping right on time and within 12-24 hours later we had 6 healthy chicks. There were 7 total but the last one had a hard time zipping after it pipped. Once he hatched he was very weak and had his yolk still attached. He did not make it but it prompted me to do some more research in the area to hopefully be able to save it should this ever happen again.
I am a 2nd grade teacher by day and a full time farm wife by evening (and weekends and the summer!).