The buck did spend some time with the does prior to the snow fall and they could have been bred, but there is not place for them to have winter babies. Either they will abort them or try to birth them in the straw bale burrows they stay in when it is cold. I have no idea how that will work.
In the meantime, the babies, purebred Flemish Giants of the Holland buck and sandy doe, are ready for new homes. There are five males and only one female. She will remain here on the farm and be bred back to the buck. I have purchased the first of what will be several baby cribs to convert to rabbit hutches. The cribs are 25 dollars or so each and only require attaching wires and a plywood roof to make an excellent moveable rabbit hutch. In summer they can use the ground floor and the entire thing can be moved daily to provide fresh grass for the bunnies, and in winter they can move to the top floor. The rabbits are doing very well in the cold, but they are surrounded on three sides with full straw bales and the front is covered with old windows for the night to protect them from the wind.
The rabbits are sold for $150 each pedigreed as breeding rabbits, or $100 dollars without. Although my idea was to breed them for meat, I am not sure I can bring myself to eat a bunny. They are just so darn cute and adorable and soft and cuddly. A dressed meat rabbit sells for around 40 dollars at the fryer size they are now, but to sell them frozen, I would have to drive 3 hours each way to the only abbatoir that will do rabbits in all of Alberta, so it is hardly worth it. Connundrum….to breed or not to breed. They are so cute!