I’m expecting some lovely babies this year. I don’t always get the chance to post them before they are gone so please contact me if you would like to know what is currently available.
Right now I have some hybrids available (They are $100 each.):
I have some babies available now from a litter born in November – a couple of blue does, a blue buck and a lilac buck.
Juniors and Adults available:
I have a 11 month old blue buck and his opal sister, a 2 year old opal buck, and an 11 month old chocolate chestnut buck with a white spot on his nose. I also have a black doe who is about a year old and a chestnut doe who has been an excellent mother – she is 3 years old.
The Angora is known for its bright, blue-white wool. This color is called Red-Eyed White (REW) and is a recessive gene which removes all color from the rabbit. It doesn’t just remove it from the wool – which is why it is called “red-eyed” since the lack of pigment in the rabbit’s eyes give them a pinkish cast. Some people don’t like this appearance but still want a white wool. Colored rabbits often have a very pale color to their wool that can give an off-white color. It is actually harder to find a rabbit with more color intensity than a pale one. If you are breeding and like either dark wool or light wool, color intensity is inheritable and can be selected for in your rabbits. You can see the adult color intensity after their first shear at 8-10 weeks. The wool next to the body will be the adult color.
This young lady will have very pale wool like her cousin.
These will probably be the last babies available this year (I might have a few Juniors available in the fall).
There are three 94% German Hybrid Does available (an opal, a chocolate and a blue):
Two 94% German Hybrid bucks available (a black and a chestnut):
and two 97% German Hybrid bucks (a white buck and a black buck with a white spot on his chin):
This is what I love about the German Angoras – not only do I get nice soft wool to spin, I get lots of it! I just spun these two skeins of 100% Angora wool from the wool from the last shearing of my Blue German Hybrid buck. One shearing gave me 480 yards of fingering weight yarn, easily enough to knit a beautiful scarf, and I will get the same amount every 90 days, Now the only hard choice I have to make is which scarf to knit!
The January kits have been weaned and are ready to go to their new homes! I have bunnies from three litters available – a 94% German litter ($100 each), a 92.5% litter ($100 each) and a 72% litter ($80 each). I have mostly chestnut and black available with a few white and opal and one little blue.
Remember this guy?
He has really grown!
Here are some of his siblings (94% German bunnies):
Remember these ones?
Here are some of the 72% bunnies now:
If you are interested in any of these contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
I regularly travel to Cookeville, TN so pickup can be arranged anywhere between there Huntsville, AL.
They are growing quick! Remember what they looked like a week ago:
It is amazing how much they grow in such a short time. They are finally starting to look like rabbits.
Even at this age you should be evaluating your kits. This kit has a white foot which is a fault. While he will not be suitable for breeding, he can still be a nice wooler for someone.
The kits are growing and becoming more active. It took about two dozen pictures to get this one because the kits were in constant motion. There are one or two kits in each litter who are not getting fed as often as they should. This number is unusually high. I believe it is related to the constant below freezing temperatures. Water in these temperatures begins freezing instantly. Despite offering fresh water several times a day to the does, I think that not having water constantly available is affecting their milk production. To help catch the smallest kits up, I combined them (marking them to make sure they returned to the correct litter) and offered them to the doe who was producing the most milk. She immediately fed them and I returned them to their litters. This requires more effort but hopefully the extra feeding will strengthen them and prevent any losses.
These persistent freezing temperatures are abnormal for this area. Unfortunately you cannot predict extreme weather conditions a month ahead of time, but you need to be aware of the risks, and be willing to take steps to mitigate them. I stop breeding in April because the heat can kill the pregnant does, and the young kits. Here, the heat is more likely to kill than the cold so I prefer to risk the cold. If these weather conditions occur more often, I would either choose not to breed this time of year, or adjust my rabbitry to better accommodate breeding at these temperatures.
By now the does are getting comfortable with their role as mothers. Their milk should be coming in full force by now. You can feed them a supplement to support their milk needs – I use Calf Manna or Milk Pro (follow the instructions for lactating rabbits – they only need a small amount). I also start filling their feeders so they can eat their fill. Any extra weight now will not hurt the does – the kits milk requirements will increase exponentially and it will be hard to keep the does from losing weight. You need to watch for over-feeding now.
This kit has been overfed. You can see its bulging belly – if you turn it over the skin is so tight it looks like it will pop. Overfeeding can kill the kits. I see this problem most often in litters were the mother had a large number of kits and her milk was not initially sufficient for the numbers so the kits either died or needed to be fostered out. When the mothers milk does come in, it seems to come in sufficient quantities to support the original litter size. You can return some of her fostered kits or add some from another litter (remember to chose kits of similar size). You also can remove the nestbox to restrict the number of feedings. The mother’s milk production will adjust to the reduced demand after a couple of days.