Monday, February 23, 2009

The Bunnies are Born

I think this counts for Life Science credits for home school! We bred our Jersey Woolies and had success this time. They were born early the morning of Thursday, February 19. The gestation time until birth is approximately 28-31 days and ours were born on day 29, so this momma was on schedule. About 4-5 days prior to birth, the doe starts to build her nest--big clue the birth is imminent and exciting to watch. As you can see, the momma uses her own fur for lining the nest and this creates incredible warmth. The doe works so hard at this and exhausts herself. It truly is amazing to watch. Last time we bred, we had 4 bunnies, this time she produced 3, but we lost one, which is all part of the lesson. As you can see, they are like tiny little mice when they are born and without fur. The photos are early day one and already today which is day 5, we see a shade of tan/buff color appearing and they are beginning to jump up a bit and squeal for their momma's milk. They squirm together for warmth and are full of energy. No eyes open yet, so I will update with photos in a few days. There are changes every single day!


Renee said...

Adorable!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing. This is a first for me to see...newborn bunnies!

Heather said...

New bunnies!! I'd forgotten how tiny they are :)

Farrah said...

Congrats on your new baby bunnies!