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Lil Peck
Angora Rabbit breeder, ARBA rabbit showman, hand spinner, and web developer.
Angora Rabbit breeder, ARBA rabbit showman, hand spinner, and web developer.
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A litter of 8 english Angoras this morning. Their first time mother did a lovely job. 2 REW, 2 tort, 4 black. Mama Fenring and sire Latte are homebred champions.

I've been getting some tattoos done. My procedure is to first zap the inside of the ear with some Gigi lidocaine spray. Then I clip the bunny's claws, checking to make sure all the claws are present, and of the correct color. Because mine are Angoras, I trim up the fur around their genitals, to help them stay clean. By the time that's done, it has been five minutes, and the lidocaine has had time to take effect.

Then I draw the pattern of the tattoo inside the ear with an extra fine Sharpie marker. I like to make my tattoos somewhat calligraphic. Using an Inkinator, I do the tattoo. I enjoy doing them, but it takes some time. I finish up by coating the tattooed area with some Preparation H ointment. When I put the bunny back into her cage, I give her a handful of hay to eat as a distraction; otherwise, some will nibble the tips of the wool tassels off the tattooed ear.

Two litters today, English Angoras. One litter of 6 had only 3 survivors, but that isn't all bad, because their dam has not been the best milker.

In the other litter, the dam must have cleaned too vigorously on the cords, because one kit had some intestine bulging out. I took a moistened Q-tip and pushed the intestine back in, and then I gave it a belly band -- two bandaids wrapped around it. It will probably die anyhow, but was doing fine the last time I checked. It might have been better to put a stitch into the umbilicus hole, but I didn't have anyone handy to help me, so I had to do what I could by myself. After I got the gut reduced, I couldn't risk having it pop out again while I messed around with needle and thread.

I've been remodeling the rabbitry and doing fall maintenance. Phew, I'm worn out. I'll be glad when I am finished with washing and disinfecting everything, so I can get back to daily grooming. I'm planning to go to the ARBA Convention in Indianapolis next fall, so I've begun breeding does to have prime seniors for that.

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This litter of three tortoiseshell English Angora kits were kindled on the wire today. I suspected that would happen, because their first time dam had not shown any interest in her nest box. I kept an eye on her and fetched them up soon after they were born. They are safely tucked away in the nest box with plenty of wool, now. I will watch to make sure the doe nurses them.
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Really, Stanford Geniuses of Google, you couldn't find a more appropriate name for YouTube Red? What kind of delicate, sheltered fantasy world do you guys live in? ;-)

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Version 4 of my "Rabbit Sheets - Rabbit Database and Pedigree Generator." (Admins, feel free to delete this post.)
This is the last update I will make to it. I started working with Sheets for a rabbitry program a couple of years ago, mostly because I just wanted to learn how to use Google Sheets, and I wanted to know how to use it like a database of sorts. Along the way, I learned a lot about Google Scripts, too.

https://drive.google.com/previewtemplate?id=1nG7-QGwmQkzQrjR6ABgL3SsLTO17UGllhW47LXcJakc&mode=public

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Version 4 of my "Rabbit Sheets - Rabbit Database and Pedigree Generator."
This is the last update I will make. I am going to move on to making a pedigree application in PHP/MySQL, which will have more functionality than I could accomplish with Sheets. I started working with Sheets for a rabbitry program a couple of years ago, mostly because I just wanted to learn how to use Google Sheets, and I wanted to know how to use it like a database of sorts.

https://drive.google.com/previewtemplate?id=1nG7-QGwmQkzQrjR6ABgL3SsLTO17UGllhW47LXcJakc&mode=public


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