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Maggie's babies have been weaned, along with Callisto's and Coco's.

2020/04/14 11:21 · becker


The first two videos are Cobalt's babies and the third one are of Cancon's babies.

2020/04/12 12:44 · becker

Here are the 2 week check-ups.
This might be a good time to start talking about colour.

DCK: Choir X Cinder

Without getting into the details just yet (I will in a future post), it is known that black (“B') is dominant over chocolate ('b'), and also that the otter pattern ('at') is dominant over self colour ('a') (i.e. the same colour all over, not counting white patches).

Choir is a black otter, and Cinder is a self black.
In order for there to be self black babies in the litter, Choir has to be carrying the gene for self ('a'), which she is.
BOTH have to be carrying the gene for chocolate ('b'), which they are.

So Choir's litter contains black, black otter, chocolate and chocolate otter.

DCL: Cindy X Trigg

The genetics for tri-colour is a little more complicated to explain than self and otter.
The gene primarily responsible for this colour is in the Extension series. That brindle kind of colour (a.k.a. harelquin) is the result of the Japanese allele (ej). It is partially recessive to full extension ('E'), and fully dominant over non-extension ('e').
It is likely that both Cindy and Trigg have BOTH the Japanese allele and the non-extension allele.
We note that this way: 'eje'.
The more dominant allele is always written first, regardless of which parent it came from.

Normally in a wild rabbit, each hair has several bands of colour along its shaft. That's normal extension ('E').
The Japanese allele causes the colour to go in patches rather that all on each hair.
Calico cats have something similar. instead of tabby markings, they have black and orange patches. In rabbits we call it harlequin if the rabbit has no white on it, and tri-colour if it does.
When we add the gene for broken (white), the brindling of the harlequin switches to black spots on an orange background.

All 7 of Cindy's babies have the Japanese allele. 2 have no white: one is a typical harlequin, and the other is mostly orange with just a tiny bit of darker brindling. 2 are nicely marked tris, and the remaining 3 are very lighlty marked. Those three would not be eligible for showing because they have too little colour. This can happen when both parents pass on the gene for broken.

DCM: Windy X Andy

I have no new video of Windy's babies, but all are well.

The genetics for these are a little complicated too.
Windy is a broken choclate, but chocolate is recessive to black so we will only have chocolate babies if Andy is also carrying chocolate, which I don't think he is.
NONE of the babies are the same colour as dad. Andy is a sable. Sable is a self colour, like black, but it carries the shaded gene which turns the black into a sort of sepia brown ('Cchl'). The shaded gene is recessive to the full colour gene ('C'). Windy might be homozygous for full colour. That means that both of the genes she has in the C-series are ('C'), so all of her babies will get a 'C' for full colour, which is dominant over all the other genes in the C-Series.

It appears that all of Windy's babies are either black or broken black.

DCO: Cebreez & Chai

Cebreez has just 4 babies of her own.
Cebreez is a broken lynx. Lynx is an agouti pattern, which is dominant over both otter and self. Lynx is also a dilute chocolate (=lilac).
Chai is a very nicely marked black/orange tri. Both are broken so very lightly marked babies were a possibility.
Even though Cebreez does not carry the Japanese gene, she does carry non-extension ('e'), so any babies of hers who get 'e' from mom and 'ej' from dad will be tri-coloured.
Looks like she has one nicely marked tri, one possible broken black (with too little colour), and 2 broken castors who are both showing the Japanese gene. They are harlequin'd. Only the tri is showable, but the others might make good breeding stock, depending on what one is trying to produce.

DCP: Conina X Buddy

Conina is a castor, and Buddy is a blue/cream harlequin. Blue/cream is the dilute version of black/orange.

Their babies look like there are 3 castors (dark) and 3 opals (dilute).

DCQ: Cerise X Comet

I have no new videos of Cerise's babies, but they are mostly doing fine. She lost one, so she now has 8.
Comet is a chinchilla, but Cerise does not seem to have any chinchilla babies. They appear all to be castors, some solid and some broken.

2020/04/11 17:59 · becker

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2020/04/10 13:54 · becker

Today was a truly beautiful day outside.

OK, stuff melting is stinky and slippery - especially since there is still ice under the muck.

HOWEVER, in these weird times it is more important than ever to stop and notice the little things - Thin Slices of Joy - and to revel in them, however briefly.

It's supposed to snow and get cold again tomorrow.

For now, it's nice.

2020/04/10 00:02 · becker
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