At 5:15 this morning I about jumped out of my skin when I heard a loud rap on my bedroom window. I slowly crawled across the bed, pulled back the curtain and peeked out the window. I forgot to grab my glasses and I am pretty useless without them. So, all I could see was a blob of light shining. My heart was beating in my throat at this point, but thankfully I heard the sound of Joel's truck running. I finally realized it was just my husband and not some crazy lunatic out to harm me.
I lowered the window and he told me he needed my help out in the rabbit barn. I threw on a pair of running pants and a fleece. Once again I forgot my glasses, foggy brain syndrome I guess! I stumbled down the porch steps, literally! I got out to the barn and Joel informed me that our doe (female) Runt had recently had 8 babies. He needed me to shine the flashlight into the nest box while he made up a decent nest for them and placed them all in the same place. Sometimes the mama isn't a great nest maker and we have to help them out. Runt didn't do too bad of a job but, she had delivered the bunnies in different spots in the box. Our job was to improve the nest and place all the babies in one spot.
I am extremely relieved that she was able to have such a good litter. Her last litter gave her and us some fits. Only one baby lived and she has a deformed tail. All the rest were born dead. We even had to give her a couple of shots of Oxytocin to help her deliver one that was stuck. You may wonder why we even tried to breeding her again, but it all comes down to production. We feel we need to have productive rabbits to help cover the cost of feed, etc. If she was unable to deliver healthy live babies, we would have had to sell her. I am very happy about this litter because I didn't want to get rid of her. I am kinda partial to my bunnies!
After all of this commotion, I climbed back into bed hoping for a bit more shut eye. But alas, that was not to be. Lauren was up at 6:00 ready for cereal. Up, I got, because there is no denying this precocious toddler her cereal cravings.
At the present moment, I am loading up on coffee so that I can face my grand adventure today- grocery shopping with all 4 of my precious little blessings. It should be interesting. Pray for me! :)