11 kits born, two DOA, two runts (fostered to Miss Q) and seven BIG kits. Look to be magpie or japanese at this point in time.
Sold to a 4H Pet Home, mom wanted a rabbit for herself, daughter wanted a mini rex, dad said get both. :)
Meggie is out on loan this summer, this is what I heard back from her temporary people.
The guinea pigs made their arrival late Sunday afternoon. ...... We had her in the house since it was so hot and humid yesterday. Nobody found out when she had them, but it must have been very shortly before I discovered them because they were still wet and she was cleaning them off. There are 3 of them and they are all dark. Two of them are 3-coloured and I think the third one is mostly black with a band of carmel around his tummy.
I like it! Sounds like she had a nice litter. :) Very exciting for her caretaker eh? :)
Well, today the Forest City Rabbit Club had it's first ever rabbit show.
We had fun. :) Seriously, it was an excellent day to spend with rabbit folks. Excellent Venue, lots of positive comments, good conversation, and just an overall nice time. :) Judges were John Richter, Kyle Yacobucci, and Joe Collucci. I've not shown under Joe before and found him to be a precise, point by point judge. Kyle did the youth and Mini Rex specialty. I'm fairly used to how John judges. :)
It was rather cool, the Middlesex County 4H agility club came out and demonstrated doing agility with their rabbits. The Ilderton 4H rabbit club came out and did judging and showmanship with their rabbits. My son was VERY intrigued and I'm hoping to get him working on training a bunny to do some jumps/agility type of work. The Dorchestor Fair is apparently doing a rabbit agility class at Thanksgiving. :)
We had somewhere around 175 entries for the show - 88 mini rex, 22 polish, a bunch of angoras, and a host of other breeds... even some havanas, silvers and another breed I can't recall the name of but isn't often seen at shows. So it was rather cool.
My son saw Brittania Petites for the first time and was quite captivated by them. He learned that they are a very nippy breed though, and so I told him we won't get any, but should HE want to get some when he's old enough to handle them himself he is more than welcome to do so. :) The Brittania took Best In Show for show A. Very nice little rabbit.
Who I Brought
Pepper, pictured above, won her individual classes. Best of 2 in each class with favourable comments received by both judges. Pepper is going to spend the summer with Legacy Rabbitry. :)
Shaya, didn't do as well in this show as she did in the last one. She came in 3/3 in both shows.
Val, an early April kit, came in first of two in both her classes. She's a nice junior doe and I think she'll do well. Both judges commented that she's a bit pinched in the face, I don't know if she'll grow out of that or not. But overall they liked her and just wish she were more compact as a doe.
Acorn I had brought along just to give a wee bit of challenge to Heather who brings along a couple of holland lops each show. I'm hoping to encourage other folks to bring out their holland lops, even if they aren't torts, to show them. IF we don't keep trying, there's not much point in it eh? I didn't expect her to win, but I got better comments on her than I expected. Her crown needs work (but give her time and it will come in better). :)
This is Spot On. He was the only harlequin shown today. He won both of his classes. :) Judges liked his face/three way split. Commented on his colour being a bit off and needing more banding. But that wasn't anything I didn't already know. They commented on how he had a decent body, and okay type. :) It's good to hear that the bodies on my Harlequins is appreciated. :)
Rabbits bred, owned by others
Comments from Amanda about the show. She is the new owner of Mitch, and I've sold her most of the rabbits that she currently owns. Most are doing well for her. Mitch did BOB in one show, and Jax did fairly well as well.
Lindsay who just purchased Rodney and Varia from me did well with them today. She's over at Country View Rabbitry. From what I recall both of these rabbits got BOV/BOSV but I could be remembering wrong. I'm fairly sure they did well though. I know Varia beat out Val though in one of the shows. :)
This young fellow's owner works in Thamesville (I think) and she lives beyond that a bit yet too. :) Anyways, she used to have a french lop and was delighted at how small this youngster was. :)
I have to admit to being a bit surprised tonight when a lady came over tonight somewhat late-ish and wanted to see the buns. I thought she might take one, possibly two buns home with her...but she took three. :)
She's rabbit experienced with lots of animals and a barn so it'll all work out well. i was just a tad surprised at three bunnies going to a new home. :)
All boys. They were well informed that three boys living together won't work out, and they'll need to separate them, one immediately and two in about a month.
I spend time on one of the pet rabbit boards and today one of the writers asked about a young rabbit that she had, what she should do about it. When I read the post my immediate thought was... why hasn't this gal done something to help that poor rabbit yet!!! (I felt angry about that)
But then I caught a grip and realized that one needs to learn from experience (usually HARD experience) when to react quickly to rabbit illness.
Rabbits hide their illnesses well. As prey animals it is important for them to act healthy so as not to alert anyone that they may be an easy dinner.
So signs to be alert for particularly in a young rabbit, but applicable for any rabbit, a young rabbit being under 12 weeks of age.
So if your rabbit is showing any of the above signs do offer medical intervention as quickly as you can.
Rise and Shine Rabbitry has posted this article on the benefits and uses of rabbit manure.
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Rabbit manure is the best manure for your organic gardens! It will increase poor soil by improving soil structure and also improving the life cycle of the beneficial microorganisms in the soil. Rabbits are very good at producing an excellent source of manure. It is rich in nutrients and very simple to use. One doe and her offspring will produce over one ton of manure in a year.
Since this article interested me I thought I'd do a bit more research, which led me to this video on using rabbit manure.
I know that from practical experience how easy and nice it is to use rabbit manure. I have raised beds, and I have the loveliest soil around. We're on clay here, and even starting from clay soil, I have a deep dark great soil to work with and my garden simply flourishes.
Ways to use Rabbit Manure
Putting it into the compost before using it can be a way to get rid of any pathogens in the manure. It gets nice and hot, killing any bugs, while retaining it's usefulness as a fertilizer/soil amender.
2. directly in garden
Rabbit manure can be used as is, it does not have to age. it is a cold manure.
From the vegetable gardener: I like to think of them as time release capsules, as the pellets don't completely break down right away. It's slow-release thing. If the pellets are urine-soaked, (which they usually aren't) you can let them dry out a bit or just fold them into a couple inches of soil. As they do break down, they build your soil's structure, improve the porosity, add stability, and hold nutrients for plants as well as other organisms in the soil.
Find a five gallon bucket, and a large scoop of rabbit pellets and drop them into the bucket. Give it a good stir every now and again for a day or two.
4. worm beds
Many a rabbit raiser uses the manure of rabbits to raise red wigglers. This provides two things: quick breakdown of the manure, and as the worms mulitply, a secondary source of income.
5. Fish food
I read somewhere on a forum about a guy who set up his rabbits over a pond in which he raised some type of fish. It was a free fish food that apparently worked quite successfully.
I have been breeding rabbits for a quite a few years. I thoroughly enjoy them as animals and think they make great pets. I also like to take some of them to rabbit shows to see how they measure up to the standards.