Friday, January 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Rabbit Hill's Surfer Boy
(above and below)
(above and below)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Lastly is my tort vs color challenge in which I fully intended to follow through. Instead it flopped. My intent was to show the obvious quality difference between the tort and color juniors that I had coming up. The little blue jr buck above is approximately 14 weeks old. He and his blue sister are the keepers out of that experiment. Ironically enough they happen to be the last offspring I was able to pull from Royce before he passed. This little buck is just starting to come into his own and I'm real happy with his development. His sister is more brood but just as valuable in the lineage area.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The tort appears to be a doe and gets a 10 across the board in the personality category. Her bone is longer and more refined than the other kits. Given the time of year the ears tend to be longer from the heat so that is disregarded at this stage but hers are nicely shaped. She is naturally upright.
This appears to be a buck who also has that incredible personality handed down from Jonah. His baby coat is more on the fuzzy side although I don't expect he will be a fuzzy. His ear is a bit more pointed than the tort and he seems longer in body. He also has the longer more refined bone. The third kit in this litter is a blue but more on the puny side and most likely headed as a pet. The two blues and blue tort (below) are out of Trio's Jolie and ELS's Royce. Interestingly enough, Jolie gave me an incredible blue brood doe (pictured on the juniors page) in her previous litter that happens to be by Jonah (the sire of the above litter). So the genetics are closely related in this comparison.
Another buck! Another example of what I like to see in my four week olds. He is beefy all over with short bone a naturally upright pose, and a cheeky little pout. The ear is slightly more pointed than desired but that may turn out to be the worst thing about him.
And yet another buck. This is one color I was excited to see show up because of it's rarity in my herd. I hope to see his confidence grow because he looks promising. He has an adorable head and ear that is nicely shaped. He has a short body and decent bone. It is not quite as chunky as the blues brothers above but more so than the tort/bkn cream litter.
I would most definately give this round to the blues!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Above: The river that ran through the backside of our campsite where the dogs spent much of their time.
Everywhere I turned there was picture just waiting to be taken.
Above: In the left side of the photo you can see an old beaver dam.
Below: We stumbled into what must have been dragonfly mating season because these friendly little bugs took quite a liking to us and eachother. As I'm trying to photograph this one I had four more that had landed on my arm and head.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A majority of my does are housed in 24x24 cages but I have six enormous 36x36x24 double cages that housed some of my does. They were taking up entirely too much room so I shifted some of my smaller does into 18x24 cages. Heaving the metal trays for those large cages has gotten the better of me and they needed to go. I bought them used a few years back. They were just single holes so I bought wire dividers and double cage doors to convert them into 2 holes. When I move they cannot go so they will be for sale.
I enjoy getting a glimpse at other people's rabbitry setups and reading about how they maintain their herd so I thought someone might enjoy hearing about mine.
My setup is in my basement which is ideal for a number of reasons:
1) The temperature stays consistent throughout the year without the added expense of air conditioning or heating units. I use only a fan to circulate the air. The fact that it is located underground helps keep the rabbits from overheating during the hot summer months.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
He proceeded with his evening grooming ritual in complete relaxation that is, until the neighbors dragged their trash cans to the curb. At this point he darted for the nearest cover and I had decided to leave him be since it was getting dark.