We will be bringing Hazel inside to deliver. Since this is her first time, we have no idea if she will pull enough fur, build an adequate nest, or deliver the babies in the nestbox, so it always feels safer to have her birth inside. That way, I can keep two eyes on her - as often as I can spare them ;) - and the babies will have a better chance of survival, since they will be warmer and in closer quarters to their mama.
I'm super excited for these little guys! My brother will be keeping one to show, and eventually, breed. I'm hoping for babies with Lance's head, Hazel's bone, and his and Hazel's bodies. We'll probably breed him to Holly's Cinnamon, to hopefully produce opals and squirrels with Cinnamon's ears, Lance's head, and Hazel and Lance's bodies.
Our goal is to be constantly improving. I bought Hazel for her bone which none of the other rabbits in my herd have. She is short and round and has a killer body.
But to be constantly improving, that also means we have to move older rabbits on that aren't of use to us anymore. Once we have gotten a litter and a better son/daughter out of a specific pair, we will sell one or both of the parents, unless that parent has something we would like to continue working with