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*****EXCUSE THE MESS AS WE REVAMP OUR RABBIT PAGE****** 

With the introduction of a few more rabbit breeds and the addition of a few more individual rabbits we are slowly trying to update this page.  Please be patient.  We hope to get some updated and posed pictures along with some weights on our senior stock.  We have more photo albums to get linked to the website as well.

NOTE: after seeing some information on "pedigree theft" on-line, we have decided to no longer offer our pedigrees for open viewing.  However if you are interested in purchasing please inquire and we would be happy to share the information with you.

Our bucks

Our Does

For Sale (will open in new window)

What do I feed my rabbits? (including natural feeding recipes - will open a new page)

A note on genetics.....

What gender makes a better pet?

Colony Raising

COMING SOON:

French Angora breed info

Rex breed info

Have a question you need answered? Use the "contact us" button on the right of your screen and we will respond to your question privately and then we can also post your question and the answer here for other readers.

 

Our Does

Angora -  

Gem - French Angora - chocolate gold-tipped steel - partial pedigree

Godiva - French Angora - Chocolate - partial pedigree 

Aughra - French Angora (with some English) - blue - partial pedigree FOR SALE

Ghost - French Angora - REW - partial pedigree 

Oona - Angora - no pedigree  FOR SALE

Chin doe (noname) - No pedigree - FOR SALE 

 

Rex -  

Katniss - Rex  - blue - pedigree

Mags -  Rex - tri-color - pedigree

Glimmer -Black Rex - pedigree

 

Mixed breeds -  

Thumper - Silver Fox/New Zealand/Checkered Giant Cross  - opal - no pedigree

Bambi - Meat type mix doe who is a mix of Checkered Giant, New Zealand, Satin and Silver Fox - black otter - no pedigree

Flower - Mostly Silver Fox cross (but still a mix) - black - no pedigree FOR SALE

Cognac - Champagne D'Argent - FOR SALE

 

 

 

The above should complete our rabbitry for a while! 

(scroll down or click links for pictures, pedigrees, etc)

 

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Bambi - FOR SALE

A black otter meat type mix doe who is a mix of Checkered Giant, New Zealand, Satin and Silver Fox 

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Flower FOR SALE

Black Siliver Fox cross doe

Picture coming soon

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Aughra the Ranger

Partially pedigreed blue French Angora

Born 5/26/15

More pictures can be seen HERE

 

 

 

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Godiva

Chocolate French Angora doe 

She is out of our Gem and UrNol 

More Pictures HERE 


Ghost

REW Doe Out of our Aughra and UrNol

More pictures HERE 

 

 

Mags

Pedigreed Tri-color standard rex doe

More pictures HERE

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Thumper

Thumper!

I wasn't really planning on another doe, but saw this beautiful opal doe out of the daughter of our Flurry and had to bring her home. 

She is a Silver Fox/New Zealand/Checkered Giant cross born on 6/10/14.

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Katniss

Katniss

Katniss is a nice little blue Standard Rex doe. 

 We look forward to her first breeding in the summer of 2015.

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Cognac FOR SALE

Champagne D'Argent

For now we will just be crossing this doe with various bucks here on the farm.

More pictures HERE

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Glimmer

Black Rex doe - full pedigree 

More pictures HERE 

 

Gem

Gem

Chocolate Gold-tipped steel

French Angora

More pictures HERE

 

 

 

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Our bucks.....

Buckthorn - Silver Fox buck - blue - pedigree

UrUtt - French Angora buck - blue tort - pedigree FOR SALE

UrNol - French Angora buck - chocolate - pedigree

Haymitch -  Rex buck - black otter - pedigree

Earl Grey  - Rex buck - booted blue otter - pedigree 

Odafin - French Angora buck - smoke pearl - pedigree 

 

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Urutt the Weaver FOR SALE

UrUtt the Weaver

Born 7/14/2014.  This guy is a gorgeous Blue Tort.  Big and Built.  Mostly bred French Angora , but he does have a little English Angora in there a little ways back in his pedigree.

Photo album HERE

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Odafin

Smoke pearl French Angora buck

See more pictures HERE 

 

Buckthorn

 

Born 5/20/14 Buckthorn is our new blue Silver Fox buck.  He has looks AND personality!!

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UrNol the Herbalist

 

UrNol

Pedigreed Chocolate French Angora buck

More pictures HERE

 

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Earl Grey

Booted Blue otter Rex

More pictures HERE 

Haymitch

A very nice buck we think to start out as our foundation standard Rex sire.  A very well put together black otter. 

photo album HERE

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A note on genetics.....

I am by no means experienced in genotypes, phenotypes or anything along those lines.  However I am trying to learn.  You will see by each of our above animals you will find a genotype string in red.  I will try fill in the "blanks" (underscores) as kits are born.  This is all new to me, but I'm trying to have some fun playing with color combinations and learning how to determine what recessive genes are in there!  If you see errors in my calculations or have suggestions, feel free to contact me.

I don't plan on getting to detailed information regarding the alleles, what they control, or other information on how they work together to create the different colors.  Much more information than I have the time or wherewithal to put to "paper" here on the website.  If you search the web for "Rabbit Genotypes" it will bring you a plethora of information to aide you.

Here are a couple of links I found interesting:

This one is a color calculator.  When you put in the known genotype of your buck and doe it will give you the possible color combinations that they could produce.

Another one here tells what each of the basic five genes control (Agouti, Black/Chocolate, Color, Dilute and Extension) and also lists 144 coat colors and their genotypes. 

What gender makes a better pet?

All of our rabbits are specifically raised and used as meat breeders. This however does not mean that we don't breed for temperament and personality as well.  Our does are all pretty friendly with a couple being the exception when they have young kits in the nest.  Our males are always friendly and inquisitive.  The does have a tendency to be territorial of their spaces, while a buck is much more tolerant; this is one reason it is always best to bring the doe into the bucks cage and NOT the other way around.  Most research I have done over the years seems so point to males being the better pets.  From what my experience is I would have to agree with having bucks over does as pets.  One thing to consider is how many rabbits you plan to have as pets and what their living situations  will be.  There are many ways to house rabbits, from individually in cages to colony type situations.  What you choose to do depends on your space, whether you are going to breed and the genders of the rabbits you choose.

Colony raising

This is a new endeavor for us.  Due to a big jump in the number of breeders (and thus the number of litters and kits) in the rabbitry we decided to go a different route with our growouts for the winter.  Eventually it would be nice to even allow our breeders the luxury of colony living, but for now we just don't have the room for that...maybe a nice hoop house addition will allow us to move forward!  But we were able to use 1/2 of our tack room to house a large portion of our growouts in a colony setting.  The area is approximately 10' X 7-1/2' in size.  Using a standard premise of about 1 square foot per pound of rabbit I estimate we can fit about 20 -25 rabbits in the pen.  I am currently making the assumption that the rabbits will be about 3# when placed in the pen and will be about 6# when "exiting" the pen.   

We finally got a summer doe colony up and running spring 2015.   I absolutely LOVE it - and the rabbits I think do too.   We have the one grow-out pen and two doe pens that house 4-5 does each.  One pen is 10x12 and the other is 10x15. 

We haven't quite decided how we will be handling kindling but we still have a few weeks to figure it out.

Here is a picture album on our Facebook page.

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Farm Production Totals

Wow...I'm WAY behind in posting totals.  I guess 2017 will be a better year.  ;)

2017

(last update 6/22/17)

Meat: 0

Vegetables/fruits: 48#

Eggs (chicken only):  1038

Honey: 0

Maple Syrup: 0 (this year is a bust)

Fiber: 2.94 oz

Babies born/hatched: 97

Jars into the pantry (dehydrated and canned): 16

Milk: 20+ gallons (I haven't been keeping track very well!)

New Additions:  12


2015

 

(last update 10/31/15)

 

Meat: 362#

Vegetables/Fruit: 551.88#

Eggs: 1918

Honey: 28#

Maple Syrup:  2 gallons

Angora Fiber:

Babies Born/hatched:  157

Jars into the pantry: 113

Milk: 16 gallons

New additons:  60 (plus a nuc of bees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

Meat: 240#

Vegetables/Fruit: Didn't keep track

Eggs: 3348

Honey: 1 pint

Maple Syrup: None

Angora Fiber: 5 oz

Babies Born/hatched: 168

Jars into the pantry: 150

Milk: 5 gallons