Yesterday evening the five baby angora rabbits had their first adventure in the outdoors. They went with their mother to the rabbit run. The area is about three feet by eight feet, plenty of room for five tiny bunnies to explore. At first they were shy and stayed near mom.
Soon, the fawns were ready to try running, jumping and nibbling greens. Before long they were sniffing at the rabbits on the other side of the fence and even wriggling through the small holes in the chicken wire. After three had squirmed through, I put up some boards to keep them from escaping.
Baby bunnies have lots of energy. One will throw its head back and start bouncing around as though its hind legs have a will of their own. Soon the others join in. They dart in random directions, sometimes bumping into walls or each other as they learn to control those strong hind legs.
Then it’s time for a rest and a quick snack. Rabbits love to chew up grass, clover, dandelion, and tender plantain leaves. It is advisable to make sure no toxic plants such as burdock, milkweed or nightshade are available because rabbits like to taste almost anything. Little bunnies are especially adventuresome about trying to eat whatever is around.
As the fawns mature, the one colored baby begins to stand out. Four are albinos with pink eyes. The other is a male with color points, meaning the nose, ears and possibly tail and feet contrast with the rest of the coat color. This baby gets darker all the time. The coat is very light beige with the points currently looking pale gray-brown. I would call him a lilac point. His eyes are blue. As he grows, the colors may deepen.
This is the first color point angora I have produced in about twenty years of breeding rabbits. He is very cute and loves to cuddle. It is hard to resist keeping him, but I have no does for him to mate. I’m trying to reduce the herd to one buck and three does. Holding on to him because he is cute and unusual would be very silly. Next spring we will try again for a chocolate doe.