In other news, last week we lost Polkadot, the new Rhinelander cross buck I picked up at the auction last month. He had the sniffles when I picked him up from the auction, but I had hoped it was just from being in the cold barn. Unfortunately, he didn't spring back. I did keep him away from the rest of the bunnies, but he was transported home from the auction next to my Flemish buck, and now he's starting to look thin as well, despite having a full food bin and hay. The Flemish buck has been housed in his own hutch as well, so I'm hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I have terrible luck with these auctions. I lost half the rabbits I bought at the spring auction too. I wonder if it has to do with how cold the auction barn is and that some of the rabbits are left there for a day and night (sometimes without food and water) before the auction.
It's been more than 31 days and the Holland lop pair has not produced a litter. I'm not sure why (are they too old?). Again, perhaps another auction flop. They were labeled as a proven pair, which is why I bought them, but it seems the auction wins again - and I've been duped. Unfortunately, there are no repercussions for whoever sold these rabbits.
Due to the back-log on chinchillas, the female that is in with the male now will be the last one bred until I can find homes for some of the babies here already. I now have three litters (four babies total) looking for homes, plus a retiring adult. I have no more space for more babies. As much as I hate to mess up the breeding schedule, I need proper cage space, or it simply isn't ethical to continue breeding. I'm not sure why the sudden slow-down. I can usually find homes pretty quickly for my chinchillas. I will be lowering the price on the oldest litter to try to get them into a new home before Christmas.
My main goal at this point is to find homes for Tristan and Nymeria, the last of my rescue cats.