The new little rescue bunny is doing ok. I’ve been keeping him in quarantine and giving him antibiotics since it was obvious that he had a very runny nose and mouth – snuffles is a common and feared disease. I’m happy to report it seems to be working! His face was looking a bit cleaner this morning and he munched happily on a cabbage leaf.
I’m saying “he”, but I have honestly no clue if this is a boy or a girl bunny. At this age, everything looks the same to me. And I make mistakes even if I do think I can see it..! Pikachu, the adorable floppy-eared rabbit who lives in the playground cage, turned out to be a boy instead of a girl – and his ears straightened up, too. Now he is the spitting image of his father, Everest. His cagemate is a neutered male, Paspas, and so far they seem to be getting on well enough. Here they are, resting after a run in the playground:
But the difference between a hen and a rooster must be pretty clear, right? I mean, tail feathers, big comb, etc… Well, there too is a margin for mistakes! We have a pretty little silvery hen we called Sylvie. There was never a doubt in my mind that this was a hen. Until I caught her standing on a tree branch, crowing her heart out. Only then, it dawned on me that her tail feathers were getting a bit long and her hackle feathers (around the neck) were quite pointy!
So now, she’s Silvio. Silvio, skewing the ratio. (Of hens and roosters.) I wonder why this never happens the other way around? You think you have a young rooster, and suddenly he lays an egg..? Well, who knows! We are still not 100% sure that our Walter really is a peacock and not a peahen. I was 99% sure, but recently a fellow pet zoo keeper told me he though Walter was a hen. I’ve been posting pictures of him on forums and in groups, and the responses were mixed. I don’t know what to think, now. I am still leaning towards peacock, but as we have seen, I make mistakes as easily as the next person.
I am still going to get Walter a young female friend, though. Ending up with 2 peahens would be better than 2 peacocks. We will see!
A great day to all! 💚