The very first outdoor additions to Sweet Dee Farm were two Lionhead rabbits named Andy & Buffy. Andy was an 8 week old Blue Tort Lionhead Buck and Buffy was a 1.5 year old Sable Point Lionhead Doe. Buffy was already a proven breeder, meaning she had at least one successful litter of kits (or baby rabbits) prior to joining our farm. Most breeders suggest waiting until the buck and doe are at least 6 months old to breed them. We brought Andy and Buffy home in January 2016 and they had their first litter of kits together in June 2016. Buffy proved to be a very seasoned mother and took great care of her babies!
Doe rabbits start building a nest for their kits several days prior to their due date. We provided Buffy with a wooden nesting box that she could use to prepare for her babies and several days before they were due, she began pulling out some of her fur and placing it in the nesting box. She also started taking some of the hay we provided her and putting that in the nesting box as well. It’s pretty impressive how motivated these “moms” can be, they can build a very comfortable nesting area in a matter of hours!