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  1. Sabine

    Where are the babies?

    Today is five days past her due date (I am pretty certain of the date) and I found a dead baby in the middle of the hutch floor. She was already back with her companions and I didn't expect anything to happen that late. She had been hiding away all morning. As soon as I removed the baby she...
  2. Sabine

    Where are the babies?

    Maybe this is what happened. Still odd there was no fur at least. I find even when the babies are born dead the doe will pluck fur and line the nest to some extend. Is it common for the to eat the fur too? I have taken her out of her solitary hutch and re-bonded her with her companions (Her mum...
  3. Sabine

    Where are the babies?

    I could find absolutely no remains anywhere. No blood or fur or anything neither in the hutch or out. Can they really clean up that thoroughly? She had a dead baby the last time as well but that was just left uncovered by the nest. I don't think predators can get into the shed. I have never seen...
  4. Sabine

    Where are the babies?

    One of my mature Netherland Dwarf does was due to have her litter yesterday. She felt quite heavily pregnant and I was sure I could clearly feel babies in her tummy. I put her into a new hutch a few days before her due date and she spent two or three days just digging the bedding all over the...
  5. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

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  6. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    One last question ;-) Am I right to assume the genetic make up of my himi buck must be ataBchchdd ? at a as he produces martenized but also correctly coloured smokes B He may carry chocolate recessively but I can't test it as none of my does carry it as far as I know. ch ch as he has never...
  7. Sabine

    Baby bunnies dying at 1 week old

    I am posting this on behalf of a breeder friend of mine who breeds Netherland Dwarfs like me. He recently lost a baby that was just over 1 week old for no reason he could see (no peanut or max factor etc) and yesterday he spotted that one of the babies in a recent litter of two was wet around...
  8. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    I am not sure if I have marten modifiers in my Siamese sable or smoke stock as they are usually quite consistent but I have had the odd occurrence of a white "bib" like on this baby rabbit: Does that mean anything?
  9. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    Thanks again for helping me with this. The replies explain a lot and looking at my himi now he more than likely is a marten himi. If you don't have the comparison it is easy to think the points are black. The steel gene is a bit of a mystery to me still and I have to do some more research into...
  10. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    P.S. Doing some reasearch about the tan pattern and came accross this: "Tan (at): Tan is only well expressed in the presence of the wild-type (E) allele at extension. It’s presence along with the ES is highly discouraged in most breeds because it can lead to poorly marked tans. Similar to...
  11. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    Thanks that would be great. Just realized a thinking mistake of mine ;-) I got confused between a and A. The self gene, of course, is the a (I got confused with agouti A) so as you said a self can't carry at as it is dominant over a. All my rabbits apart from the himi have aa as their colouring...
  12. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    Thank you very much for your replies. That explains a few things. I am still a bit confused why the smoke babies and the adult buck that you identified as a marten don't carry the full markings. I have seen sable martens before and even owned one as a pet and I always thought the pattern was...
  13. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    Just found an old picture on photobucket of the type of smokes I sometimes got from crossing my himi with the correctly coloured smokes And this is a current picture of a 12 day old dark smoke or sable from a cross of a "pure" line of smoke/sable:
  14. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    P.S. Just one more thought. I am not too familiar with the Tan group so I am wondering why I only ever get either correctly coloured or "martenized" smokes from breeding my himi buck to my smoke does and the seller got a proper sable marten. Does that mean the sable doe would have to carry the...
  15. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    Thank you very much for the reply. The seller is offering those rabbits as pets only and the colour mistake is just lack of knowledge. I was just puzzled when a friend of mine pointed out the ad and told me that the dad must be one of my babies that I more than likely sold as a pet :-( Does that...
  16. Sabine

    Puzzled by colour of offspring

    I have been breeding with Siamese sable/smoke lines for a few years and recently introduced a Himalayan buck to the equation. The sable/smoke lines are from show breeding stock and always produced consistent result as regards colour. Unfortunately I don't know an awful lot a bout the pedigree of...
  17. Sabine

    A Pocket Pet Toy Giveaway!

    My lot would definitely love this!
  18. Sabine

    A second rabbit?

    I am sure he would not say no to a rabbit companion but it all depends whether you have the time and energy to invite another rabbit into your life. As it is he certainly seems to have a fantastic life! I am afraid the Irish rabbit forum is not as busy as this one and people post rather...
  19. Sabine

    A second rabbit?

    I was talking about a separate local Irish forum but I think you may already be a member? Just saw a similar user name?
  20. Sabine

    A second rabbit?

    A baby bunny could work but you could also consider an adult (possibly spayed) female. Have you had a look at the Irish Rabbit forum? I think there are a few people looking to rehome adult rabbits.
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