a bun with half blue eyes

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  1. topside1

    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    wow! what a surprize i got today. i read the post on the Vienna gene a few days ago and i thought how neat it would be to get a BEW. i have a litter of 9 kits around the age of 6 weeks and they are weaned from their mom. i have not paid too much attention to them because they are going strait into the freezer when they reach 5 lbs. but today i was looking at one of the does of the litter and i saw one of her eyes was different. then upon closer investigation out of the cage both eyes where different. she is part white and tan and her eyes are part brown and blue!! the mama doe is tan and white, whose tan is broken with black, while the buck is also tan and white. both parents have brown eyes and are just mixed breeds. i was wondering has this happened to anyone else?? wow gentics is weird and amazing. all for now ashley
     
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    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    She sounds like A canidate to breed back to her Sire. And A keeper.
     

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    Xandras_Zoo Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Is that ever cool! Do you have a picture?
     
  4. TerriA

    TerriA Well-Known Member

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    There could be a few reasons OTHER than the vienna gene that could cause mottled/bluish/gray blue eyes. Since you don't know the breed of the bunny it makes it more difficult to figure out.

    For instance, a self chinchilla will have blue eyes.. as does dilute colors. (Lilac and blue).

    I'd wait a few weeks before getting too excited. I have seen some bunnies in another person's barn whose eyes were blue at 8 weeks and brownish/mottled within 2 more.. (strange but true! LOL!!)

    Terri
     
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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    thanks you all. i will wait and see what happens to her eyes. if they stay the same i will keep her to replace a doe i had to cull today. hopefully she will be big like her mom. good luck to you all. ashley
     
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    Reauxman Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, nothing to get exited about or extremely rare. Fact is, both parents are mixed, so you don't know what they are. Many different breeds/varieties carry blueish eyes. Like people, two brown eyed rabbits can produce a blue eyed baby(and do, happens daily)
     
  7. MaggieJ

    MaggieJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It may not be "extremly rare" but its still very cool. I hope when she is of breeding age that you will post about her offspring. Breeding her back to her sire would increase the chances of blue-eyed babies, wouldn't it? Is the blue colour recessive in rabbits as it is in people?