Our latest litter of adorable meat hybrid bunnies are now six weeks old and ready for new homes. They’re a triple F1 mix of 1/4 Creme d’Argent, 1/4 Standard Rex and 1/2 Champagne d’Argent.
These hybrids are part of a breeding program we’ve been working on for years now. They have better grow out rates, improved health, large litters and calm, friendly temperaments. If you’re tanning the pelts, they are easier to flesh and produce a better quality end product. Of course, they make great pet rabbits as well!
There are 11 kits available, with half of them being silvered black and the other half agouti which will likely also develop some silvering. Get in touch if interested!
The meat cross bunnies are now a little over ten weeks old. Many have been sold, but I still have chestnut agoutis of both sexes in various stages of silvering.
A close up of his color layering
Some have turned really white, mostly the bucks, although there are a couple true agoutis with a few errant white hairs and the triple crosses also have some black guard hairs mixed in with their overall white. Many of them resemble Argente Bruns to me.
The one double hybrid Creme/Champagne doe left has developed the most amazing silvered pelt with a bright caramel undercoat and no black guard hairs.
As for weigh ins, we have again broken our previous record and these are now the largest meat bunnies we have ever produced here at Abernathy’s! I only weighed two does today, but they came in at 2286g (5.04lbs) and 2543g (5.6lbs).
5.6 pounds at ten weeks! That’s a new record, and I still have at least a dozen more bunnies to put on the scale. Many that appear to be of a similar size or even larger. Not bad!
Triple hybrid doe top view
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?
Day 32 and Esther has kindled nine kits. Unfortunately one of the nine was found half-eaten in the nestbox, so we are left with eight. An excellent number. As you can see, Esther is a fur-pulling fiend. Someone should tell her that it’s summer.
Alas, still nothing from Io. I wonder if she too will end up being infertile like her brother, Orion was. They were Esther’s first kits and they had a very hard start, being the only two out of the litter that survived. They were very chilled initially due to being born on the wire. I’ll give her a few more days and if she doesn’t kindle, she’ll be culled as this was my fifth attempt at breeding her.