bunny kit update

Akane

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Our first kits have gotten big and wandered out of the nest box on their own today.

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My chocolate's also had their first kits which are probably a chocolate and a lilac

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Akane

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They are mini rex. We have our first litter of champagne d'argent due on nov 1st.
 

Becky89*

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I am a mini rex breeder and I only have two doe and two bucks. How do you get the lilac color? what do the parents look like
 
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Akane

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Most does don't care if you handle them and even if they do care they will usually just express their displeasure through noise or attacking the person reaching in their cage. You just have to make sure there is nothing harmful on your hands because kits are very sensitive that young. Some does will kill kits accidentally or on purpose from stress if they don't feel the location is safe enough but that has nothing to do with the actual handling of the kits. It's just activity around or in their cage that stresses them too much.

A lilac is the diluted version of chocolate so you would need a chocolate base not black, no agouti (castor, opal, lynx, etc...), no tan pattern (otters, tans, and martins), and the dilute gene. Dilute is what turns black to blue and castor to opal. These younger 2 kits are from 2 chocolates who carry dilute. It's recessive so both parents need it. Even if one parent is a lilac (or blue, opal) the other has to at least carry the gene. Chocolate is also recessive so if you are breeding blacks or blues both parents have to at least carry chocolate or you will only get blacks or blues. My chocolate doe and buck also both carry either rew or himi but this kit doesn't look pink enough to be either of those. I'm crossing my fingers for one of them to have himi cause I don't really like rew.

Try these sites for more detail and descriptions or pics
http://minniesoda.webs.com/genetics.htm
http://www.raising-rabbits.com/rabbit-coat-color-genetics.html
 

mgw

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Akane cute kits, what is lilac color look like. We had three batches of kits this year it's alot of work but well worth it. Do you sell the rabbits or show them?
 

Akane

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These 2 batches are our first kits and we are going to our first show tomorrow. My current plan is to breed my 3 does to the chocolate buck and keep a doe kit from each and then breed them to the blue buck and keep a doe from each. After that we'll start sorting out what to keep, what we want to breed back to one of those 2 bucks, what needs to be sold, and what needs to be added to make the next generation. That's about 6 months from now and farther ahead than I usually plan.
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So far kits aren't too much work but I did end up taking the chocolate doe to the vet for pain killers because her genitals were still very swollen 24 hours after giving birth and she was refusing food.

Off the website of the person I got my chocolate buck and doe from here is my chocolate buck probably about a year younger
http://www.freewebs.com/wonderland-mini-rex/bunnies 002.jpg
and this is a lilac that I believe is one of his offspring http://wonderland-mini-rex.webs.com/100_8725.JPG .
This is my blue buck just to show the difference in shade from lilac http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/aqh88/bunny/ashige/SANY2273.jpg .
The color crossing guide has most of the colors but I don't think the pics are good enough quality to really show the differences well http://mr-colors.tripod.com/ .
 

Akane

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My camera died
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but I found a really old one to use for now so here are pics of the second set of kits all fuzzy and just opening their eyes.

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