Mated: 7th April 2010
Born: 30th April 2010
This is an additional litter to my plans as I realised I was in danger of losing the Essex markings.
Effra is a pretty doe from my third litter, she's exceptionally friendly and loving and has already given me a beautiful litter back in December.
Ravensbourne is a lovely steady buck also from my third litter, who reminds me very strongly of his father Sherbourne. This is a strong inbreed to pass down the temperament of their parents while giving me a wide base to select from.
Mating Rafe to Effie should give me mostly agouti and some black in Essex and unmarked, with the strong probability of blue and mink mixtures too to confuse matters. I think I've already lost the show quality Essex markings, but we'll see. I'm wishing hard for a nice agouti, black or Russian blue of each sex and a nicely marked Essex of each sex to keep.
Actual Varieties: Black Essex, 2 x Agouti Essex, Russian Blue Agouti Essex, Cinnamon, Agouti, British Blue Agouti Essex, Russian Dove.
Number of Kittens: Nine live babies were born, but one baby died the next day. Four bucks and four does survived.
Keepers: Ashburn, Torridge, Culvery, Otter, Dart, Tamar.
Homed: Russian dove doe, British blue agouti Essex doe.