It is with great pain that I write to you all this morning to tell you that our sweet girl Blackberry has passed away. It seems that last night she kindled three kits and had trouble birthing however many were left. From what I could tell, a kit was stuck inside that she could not birth and Blackberry died in the process.
When I went outside to feed everyone, I opened the door to the Rabbitry to find Blackberry laying next to her nest box. I knew what had happened as soon as I saw her. I took the nest box out to confirm my fears and sure enough, I found three kits and the remnants of another. Only two of the kits were alive and since Blackberry had not pulled any wool, the two kits left were chilled laying there on the hay. Luckily, when I go out to feed the animals, Cami is usually still sleeping so I could take care of everything this morning without her seeing.
I silently dug a hole next to the burn pile. Tears were shed as I pulled Blackberry out of her cage and I carried her to her last resting place. She was buried in the yard along with her lost kits. I grabbed some wool from my box in the house and covered up the two kits that remained and mixed up some rabbit formula to feed them with.
The “twins” both have good appetites and I truly hope that they can make it through this. I have fed kits with my evaporated goats milk and egg formula before, but that was only for four days… these kits need to make it three or four weeks on formula. I hope, hope, hope they are as strong as their mother was. She was the first kit ever born here that we kept. A true Frühlingskabine Angora.
I’d like to share some photos today of Blackberry that we have shared with you over the last year and a half that she had been with us.