Black Diamond Kits

Black Diamond Kits
Sage's Kits, Nine Weeks Old

Friday, June 24, 2016

Truckee Meadows Rabbit Club Show at Shopper's Square, 18 June 2016

With the arrival of kits at 2AM the day of the show, Charlotte opted to remain home to make sure everything went well and that there weren't any complications.  And to take a nap.

So Lydia and I were on our own.  And there was no way Lydia was going to miss this show--she was picking up her long-awaited new buck from Julie.  Zorro will be the third black buck in the barn.  I guess we have a thing for black here.

The show itself took all day, even though there were four judges and really not very many rabbits at all.  But it didn't drag on like it normally seems to.  Being able to spend the whole day visiting with Julie was really nice.

You see, she is the kind of person who wants to learn and is happy to share what she has learned with others, so that they can learn and improve as well.  She spent at least half an hour demonstrating grooming techniques for maintaining the best coat possible, not only for being able to do well in showing, but also for the health of the rabbit.  I wish I had had a video camera.  Hopefully Lydia remembers better than I.  If not, I'll have to ask Julie to show us again.

Lydia's senior doe didn't fare so well on the show table, but we also knew she would not.  For one, she was plucked six weeks ago.  Secondly, she is a young senior and was competing with does who were older and had more flesh.  And thirdly, Charlotte and Lydia still have a lot to learn to be competitive in open shows.  But with Julie's help, they'll get there.

Zorro place second out of three junior bucks in both shows, and he was only faulted for being young.  Of course, that's nothing that time won't fix.  We expect both rabbits to do very well at the Placerville show next month.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


It had been a kinda cruddy month here, and we've been a little sad.  Life's just like that at times, but it doesn't really make you want to blog much.  So we weren't.

First off, Charlotte's bummer lamb that she had been bottle feeding for the past 2.5 months died very unexpectedly about three weeks ago.  This little lamb absolutely adored Charlotte, and the feeling was mutual.  We developed a whole new understanding of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."  It was just heart-breaking to lose her.

Then last week, as I already blogged about, Phantom kindled her litter too early, and then died the following day.

Stuff like that just doesn't contribute to a feeling of confidence in what you are doing.  In fact, it makes Charlotte start worrying about all the other animals.  We were all feeling the weight of these losses.

So this morning as I'm working in the garden and Charlotte is taking care of rabbits, Lydia starts yelling:  "Ella had a LAMB!"

We all came running.  And there she was, a tiny lamb, perfectly healthy, lying there in the pen.  With her mom and Ben.  And ewes are not supposed to have rams around to bother them during lambing, and lambs are not supposed to be bothered by rams, either.

So we got Ben out pretty quickly.  He's still in his own quarters, all by himself.  He's not very happy.

Ella has accepted her lamb completely and is working on cleaning her up.

Lydia immediately gave the lamb to Charlotte.  Charlotte is in love again.

And the lamb's name?  "Surprise!"

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Sage kindled six kits a little before 2AM today.  There was one stillborn; the remaining five look very healthy and are squeaking to be fed.

We believe the colors to be agouti, black, chocolate, chocolate agouti, and chocolate steel.  Charlotte will likely be keeping the best doe from this litter.  The others will be ready to go to their new homes August 27, 2016.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Phantom kindled three days early yesterday.  Of course, that's just a bit too early.  All nine kits were either stillborn or died shortly after birth.  Three or four looked like they were developing properly; the others clearly had ceased development at least a day or two earlier.  All but one of the kits were colored, so we learned that Phantom carries the gene for producing REWs.

What went wrong?  Our best guess--our only guess--is that Phantom is a bit overweight.  And excess weight can cause problems.  Guess she'll be going on a diet. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ranching at Rancho

Black Diamond Rabbitry has been invited to participate in the Ranching at Rancho program series this season.  Our first date will be this Saturday, June 11. 

We'll be there from 10AM to 1PM with some of our bunnies, drop spindles, spinning wheel, fiber, and items we have made, including some for sale.

We hope you'll come see us!