my first abnormality in Tales from a Rabbit Breeder

  • March 12, 2021, 9:36 p.m.
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Farm Life Trigger Warning
Talk of animal death ahead.

Well i havent had a litter with any kind of genetic abnormality yet. I havent seen spina bifida (lethal) or a tripod, or worse… brains exposed or conjoined twins ect.
I have my first genetic defect today.

This little girl was born with her leg backwards. At first i thought club foot, but im not entirely sure. Its more like the paw is upside down and the leg is wrong… It could be clubbed. Im just not entirely sure. Its eating and moving, But i know as it gets to be an adult unless special care is taken to find it a home where it can be cared for properly. ts going to suffer… Sigh. My breeder friends are urging me to cull now at 24 hours. Its easier and more humane. And the remaining healthy 9 have a better chance…

I hate this. This is the hardest part. Its hard for them to go off to new homes. But this part. Culling a bunny, that is the hardest part. Shes a broken tort. Shes going to be beautiful. White with fawn and brown streaks and spots. They are faint but already growing in after a day.... The chances of finding her a special needs home who is going to make sure she is properly cared for, wool on top of the foot. The foot that will rub on the ground wrong without having the protective padding the bottom of the foot has. The sores that she will get from it. Yes its possible that she can live a healthy happy life. But she cant be bred.. She can produce wool.
Im going to see what it looks like tomorrow. But i have very little hope.... Finding homes for healthy ones is hard enough.

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sigh…

This is such a hard part.


girl in recession March 13, 2021

awwwww 💜 I am so sorry to hear.

music & dogs & wine March 13, 2021

Awwww :( Poor baby!

Small Town Girl March 13, 2021

Thats aweful! YOU KEEP HER! Youll care for her properly!!

ChainedChrysalis Small Town Girl ⋅ March 13, 2021

I will. Im trying to figure out space.

Small Town Girl ChainedChrysalis ⋅ March 14, 2021

Sweet little thing just needs a little extra love and care.

ChainedChrysalis Small Town Girl ⋅ March 13, 2021

I did learn she has a splay leg, and the best way to keep her healthy and well cared for is amputate. Which im not sure im capable of doing any more then culling it.

Small Town Girl ChainedChrysalis ⋅ March 14, 2021

Yikes!!!!

ChainedChrysalis Small Town Girl ⋅ March 14, 2021

So we are tryign to think of ways we can keep her off the leg. I have a video of her moving where you can really see how bad it is...

Small Town Girl ChainedChrysalis ⋅ March 14, 2021

Awwe that makes me sad!

Jinn March 14, 2021

I wish I was there. I would take her.

Jinn March 18, 2021

How is she doing? I hope she lived,

ChainedChrysalis Jinn ⋅ March 18, 2021

We lost the runt but birth defect baby is doing good.

Jinn ChainedChrysalis ⋅ March 18, 2021

Great ! Sorry about the runt :-(

ChainedChrysalis Jinn ⋅ March 18, 2021

It happens. 10 is a huge litter and they have to really fight for nipple. They dont nurse till babies stop. They hop on for 10 minutes at best, then jump out. So if someone didnt get on. They dont get fed. I tried topping them off, but no luck on that one.

Jinn ChainedChrysalis ⋅ March 18, 2021

😢

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