We have confirmed that there are six babies! ...and one little "black sheep" in the family.
(Please overlook the nasty towel. In an effort to be quick I did not "pretty them up" for picture time.)
As the day passed and I checked the weather I knew the temp would once again be dropping into the 20s again... for one night... then, up to the upper 30s the next night.... then, back down into the 20s again for a few nights... or more. I told the kids we would be moving the rabbit cage inside the house when their daddy arrived home from work. When Cody arrived home I told him we were going to bring the cage in. I think he did not truly believe me and he went about doing his own thing. I persisted and slit open a large black garbage bag to lay down under the cage for sheeting to protect the floor area and catch the rabbit poop. I then, started considering what to do to have the cage raised, so I went into the potting shed and got five equal size flower pots to to sit the cage on (one fore each corner and one for the middle for added support). The only thing left to do was get the cage in. By this time I think Cody finally realized I was serious about it all. Together we picked up the cage and carried it in. It is very lightweight, but large and we did not want to jar the babies in their nest. So now... well our house kinda smells like a farm inside. Bleeeeechhh!
Of course, being humans we can not seem to "leave well enough alone", so we spent the first day fretting about the momma rabbit not feeding her babies. She never went in to feed and for this reason I was concerned that moving them in we may have done more harm than good. After a full day of worrying about this I finally found some information online. Apparently, a mother rabbit stays away from her babies due to instinct to keep from drawing attention and unwanted predators to the nest. See the momma has a strong scent and the babies do not, so they are safer with the momma away. Also, often the momma will only feed a couple of times and during the night when there is less activity around. And here we were thinking she had abandoned her babies... all the while she was protecting them. Amazing!
And in case you might wonder we have dropped all other Science for now to observe real life Science! The kids (and I) have learned so much and have had a great time.