I love this little batch of buns. Half are golden agouti colored, and half of them are brokens. They have a lot more white in their coats than the pure Rex litters and I think that makes them extra cute looking. Wouldn’t you agree?
Here are the first litter of broken hybrid kits at about two weeks old. Didn’t they turn out adorable? Half of them are agouti, and half are broken agouti with a lot of white. They’re growing up fast!
Esther, my lovely Creme d’Argent doe kindled nine lovely bunnies this morning, on day 32 of her gestation. That’s right on time for her. She’s my best mom and nicest doe and my customers love the big, sweet and calm kits she throws.
This time, she was bred to my new broken castor Rex buck, Pine Tar. And so we have our first broken cross litter. Four of her kits came out with agouti coloration, which is expected because she often throws agouti and castor is just another name for agouti in the Rex breed.
She also threw five broken kits. These little guys have come out with a lot more white and a lot less color than the purebred broken Rexes that were born a couple of weeks ago. Most have very well-defined stripes down their back and a lot less markings on their faces. I’m interested to see how their fur texture turns out.
I’m really tempted to breed Samphire, my Californian doe to Pine Tar, so I can see what results. However, it seems like I have a lot of buyers for purebred Californian rabbits right now and her current litter only had two does in it along with six bucks. Not ideal odds when most people want a trio for breeding purposes.
You’ll know from my past posts about hybrid kits that they consistently outperform my purebred kits as far as grow-out speed. Well, this litter of Creme d’Argent/Standard Rex kits are the biggest bunnies yet.
I wondered out loud not long ago if there was anyone achieving 5lb live weight rabbit fryers at 10 weeks of age. Back then, this seemed like an impossibility and all my kits needed at least 12-16 weeks to get anywhere near that. Well, today I’ve seen that it can be done.
The hybrid kits are one day shy of ten weeks old today. Two of the does have been sold but the two I have left are HUGE. The boys are also large but I have never seen does this big before. I weighed them today and they came in at 2063g and 2226g. That means the heaviest doe is already 4.9lbs. That is mind boggling.
I also weighed the largest of my purebred Californian does, who are one day older than the hybrid kits. She weighed in at a measly 1500g. Tell me how Californians were specially bred as meat rabbits again??
I think I’m going to have to hang on to the largest agouti doe as a breeder. Her and her sister are the sweetest rabbits, so easy to handle and loving. The other day they were giving me kisses for almost an hour. I’d love to find a good home for the one I can’t keep, it would be a shame to have to butcher her. She’d make an awesome breeding doe for someone’s meat program.
These little guys are four days old now and their colors are coming in. This is my first time breeding Esther to Timmy, and I’m a little surprised with the results. Four of the nine kits are a dark agouti or wild type, which is not a shock. The other five look for all the world like purebred Creme d’Argents!
Although his phenotype is black otter, I know that Timmy carries some light genes because he produces a lot of blues and has even sired a tort. This breeding confirms that even further. I’m not sure if these fawn kits will show silvering like their mom, though I do know it’s a dominant trait and almost always shows up when she throws blacks, although does not appear on the agoutis.
If the fawn kits do grow up to look like purebred Cremes, I might hold on to a couple. It’s not an ideal situation, but there’s nowhere else to get a Creme d’Argent around here and my first effort to breed pure Cremes failed, with two kits that were both ultimately infertile and no further access to the buck who was owned by another breeder.
Of course breeding these kits would likely have some recessive traits show up like Rex fur, but I can weed those out. I’d be interested to see what a sibling breeding would produce. Maybe I can create my own Creme d’Argents?
Every commercial rabbit breed today began as a mix of breeds. Occasionally people will toss a different breed of rabbit into their purebred program to improve some trait or reduce another. As long as everything is recorded on the pedigree I don’t see a problem.
I wish I had more cages so I could do more breeding experiments. It’s a great, first-hand way of understanding rabbit coat color genetics, and I like being surprised by interesting kits. With solely purebred bunnies, you pretty much get the same thing every time.