Here is Bart, who goes to live with Trish this weekend. He is a real cutie and has been growing like a weed. His demeanor is calmer than his bigger brother, and I think Trish will like him.
Today I weighed all the 8 week and 3 week bunnies as some are leaving this weekend. I like to keep records of litters at this age to see which direction my breedings are going in. This is only the first step in a long series of checkpoints as I evaluate potential breeding stock. Some folks in the industry call this the first culling, and although that can be correct, "culled" rabbits here are simply ones that are removed from the breeding agenda and are designated pet/fiber quality.
So in Gretchen's litter, the three weighed 2# 15 oz; 2# 15.8 oz, and 3# 9 oz. Since the German standard is a rabbit that is around 10 pounds (I don't have the standards in front of me...there is a range) I generally pick the biggest and fastest growing bunnies as keepers. In this litter that is a black buck. So he gets a name and his own cage this weekend.
In Grindle's litter, we have 4 weighing 2# 15 oz; 2# 15.8 oz, 3# 1.2 oz and 3# 5 oz. The biggest one is a tortoiseshell doe, and she will get her own cage and name this weekend, also.
Sydney's 3 week old litter has a range from 6 oz to 10 oz. The little 6 oz buck will indeed be pet quality. He is just adorable and has great spirit, but is not filling out like his siblings. Sometimes these little ones do not do well after weaning, but I'll keep an eye on him and we'll see where he goes.