Unlike the time I had bunnies flown in last summer, this United flight arrived promptly, and the bunnies were waiting for pickup in the cargo area. After a few chuckles from the airport employees about having shipped rabbits (doesn't everyone fly rodents across the US?), we headed out and took a quick peak at the bunnies before heading home. (OK, so maybe I stopped at TJ Maxx AND Olive Garden for a quick never-ending pasta bowl, but then it was straight home). By now, the normally dismal Ohio weather had turned into a total sleet blizzard, so the trek home was more than just depressingly dark at 5:30pm.
We arrived home, and I got my first real glimpse at each of the bunnies. Emmy's rich blue coat immediately caught my eye along with Kaylee's massive orange presence - what a doe! Timmy looked like a shy teddy bear with an enormously cute head, and while I really wanted to cuddle him, I didn't want to add additional stress to the poor fellow, so all three went into their brand new cages alongside Anna, Ruby, and Envy.
I quietly observed each bunny. Kaylee seemed the most timid and just pretended to be a meatloaf in the corner of her cage for a while before finding her crock of reverse osmosis water and slurping it down like bunny Kool-Aid. Emmy attacked her toilet paper tube of 3rd cutting hay like it was bunny crack - that girl can eat! Timmy pretended that he didn't notice me, but I couldn't resist petting him just a little, and he didn't seem to mind. Then he proceeded to test his hay and check out the hot does who surrounded him (what a lucky guy...but there's no getting lucky tonight, Timmy).
It was a seasonably warm fall day on October 8th, 2015, as I anxiously awaited the arrival of our first two litters of Holland Lop kits. Both nest boxes were chocked full of fluffy hay pillows and carefully lined with soft shredded paper. I provided the moms (one first-timer and a seasoned pro) with cold filtered water, fresh timothy hay, a dish full of pellets sprinkled with a bit of raw oats, and garnished with just-snipped-from-the-garden parsley. Wait a minute, we're talking about rabbits, right? I KNOW, I went a hare overboard, but I was one nervous bunny-breeding-rookie.
Suddenly, just after lunch, my husband casually mentioned, "That white rabbit is sitting in the nest box." WHAT THE WHAT?! First of all, she is a broken chestnut (though now is not the time to split hairs), and secondly, she's in the nest box?! I grabbed my camera and reached Clementine just in time to catch her last kit being born:
♥ Welcome! ♥
Hook's Hollands is a small hobby rabbitry on our Ohio farm and is operated by me (Diane) with the help of my family. All of my bunnies are pampered pets whom I adore.
This blog serves to spotlight various bunny care topics and share a bit about my 365-days-a-year-with-no-vacations experiences raising bunnies.