Well, I missed day 4 pictures as business was booming in the shop and snow preparations were in earnest all day long as we prepared for the second Nor'easter in a week. But here they are at day 5, and wiggly as all get out, so picture taking results were not as clear as I wanted:
Looks like their bellies are as dark as the rest of them now, so we have "self" black and chocolate genetic color combinations to start with.
They are fat and sassy and Liebchen is relaxed and doing well with them all. This is the first time I have had bunnies in the house and it is so much easier to check on them than in the barn! The downside is all the cleanup. And there is WAY MORE than outside bunnies.
I have to say, we tried something for the urine odor which is working well. Angela mentioned that lime on top of peat moss would be a way to deal with it. Well, the early Nor'easter last week put an end to having time to get lots of new things, so I put wood stove ash on top of the hay that was drifting into the litter pan, and it works great! We have a lot of it, as we heat with wood, so after a 3 day resting time, wood ash is relegated to the bunny room.
Gretel's' first day as mom was certainly fine. She was a tad protective of her babies when I reached in for them, but when the broccoli in my hand was put in front of her first, she went right for it and let me handle the babies. I gave the kits a quick once over and chopped all the fur in the nest into 1" pieces (which is important to keep any angora from tangling around little legs and feet and necks!). Today I will take pictures of them and see how Gretel does without them for 15 minutes.