I received this email: The boys are enjoying their first night at the trailer. Love them to bits and pieces!
Not sure if you'll remember our little furball, Baxter- he is 6 years old today! He's turned out to be such good boy. He is almost totally free range (and behaves!) and he knows exactly when to start poking around for his dinner. He loves attention and surprisingly, visitors (who always get a kick out of him!). Thought you might be interested to see the handsome, grown up bun he's become!
Hope all is well with you and the buns! Here's a link back to his folks.
You'll find a rabbit post on the "g's" of rabbits located here. In this article I talked about Gestation, grooming and giant rabbits.
Wafer is the largest rabbit I own. She is half Flemish Giant. She is a bossy but easy for everyone to get along with. She just knows what she wants and that I usually give it to her without much fuss. :)
Flemish Giants are the most common giant breed of rabbit in North America. They are very similar to the Continental Giant.
Baby rabbits are normally born 31 days after breeding. Their mom makes them a lovely nest of fur and bedding and cares for them once or twice a day.
This is a picture of Horatio. He was going through a heavy moult and needed help to feel comfortable. I needed to bring him out to my board over the compost bin and pull out his tufts of fur and also run my hands through this fur backwards while slightly damp. Doing this for 10 days helped him get through his moult without being too uncomfortable.
Anyways, go read the full article here!
No one is perfect in how they raise their rabbits, mistakes will happen. The only question is, can you learn from them?
These mistakes vary from small to large and sometimes happen because events outside the rabbitry intervene. Join me as we talk about Errors in Judgement.
If you raise animals, death will become part of the equation.
I don’t know of any rabbit breeder who hasn’t experience death in their rabbitry. Now I know, I just finished talking to you about culling. I’m not talking about the deliberate death that you either choose or is needful, I’m speaking to the unexpected death that happens.
Discussing Death .it is not an easy thing to do, but very necessary.
Illness, injury, stress, weather concerns and more. Death comes for a variety of reasons. Read more here.
An important aspect of raising rabbits (or any animal for that matter) is removing animals from your herd.
Sometimes this removal is planned
At other times, it's just not planned
Regardless of the Reason
You need to know your options for culling well. This article will help.
In a nutshell you can sell or kill.
Only animals that are temperamentally and physically sound. Do not sell animals that are sick. You have no business ethically of passing along your problem to someone else. I know that sometimes animals get sick moving into a new home, I get that. Stress does weird things to rabbits. I'm not talking about rabbits who end up completely surprising you with health issues. What i mean is deliberately selling a rabbit who isn't eating, blows snot, has a weepy eye or whatever. Just don't do it.
Sell well. Honestly answer questions about your rabbits. Give out accurate pedigrees, Do what you say you will.
Anything you aren't selling. Make sure you have a back up method if your primary method fails for whatever reason.
Go On... go read the full article!
Since I breed holland lop, every one in a while I have a fuzzy lop pop up. I thought I'd take a moment to talk about them.
Did you know they have been around since the 1980's? Patty Greene-Karl managed to get them past the ARBA committee.
They are very similar to the Holland Lop, the fuzziness is generally thought to be the result of adding Angora into the lines.
Want to know more? Check out this post.
Had someone ask me a question the other day. Have I seen improvements in my bunnies over the years. Thinking about it I have to say yes I have.
Some types of improvements are easily seen. Like BushTail from SplatterBush. Oh... I had forgotten Splatter was off Bane.... I'll have to breed Bush to one Moss' new babies (hoping for a buck) in about six months. MORE CHOCOLATE!!!! But can you see the improvement over time? Lily was a flat angular rabbit with a decent head. Splatter... I kept her for temperament and colour. :) and she has more bone to her than her momma had.
Some improvements are for how the bunny will naturally sit and hold position. Part of it Might by that Light is a more malleable doe than Cinder was. BrightSong (gramma) was a low sitting doe of tight build...couldn't/wouldn't sit up for nothing. Cinder inherited her dad's sweet personality (Song was a bit of a dumpy, don't touch me doe). Light has Cinder's personality AND a better build. Total win in my eyes.
Some are not quite as apparent, but Cookie is a smaller, more solid built doe than momma. Posing is NOT her thing to do. A strong improvement over gramma who came as a dutch/lop cross. I'm looking forward to seeing what Cookie will give me.
BrookAsh will not hold a pose when I set her up, unlike her daughter Pond. Pond has a flatter face as well so it will be interesting watching her mature. An improvement over gramma as well. Interesting to watch progression eh? I kept Pond back because she sets up nice, had nice ears and is a sweetheart of a bun.
Coal sits up better than his mamma, and has more depth to him. I kept him for his personality and colour. He's a step forward. :) He is definitely an improvement over his grandma! I am curious to see what he'll throw crossed with Pond and/or Light.
On this coldish October day, I just wanted to take the time to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you have a lovely weekend with or without bunnies! (hopefully with of course!) :)
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.
For the BEST rabbit forum I've ever found. Go to Rabbittalk.com. Good for the pet rabbit owner as well as the breeder for meat or show.