We have been raising rabbits on and off since age 13 and have had several different breeds over the years. After much thought we decided to focus our efforts on the New Zealand.
We have had a lot of help along the way but one individual was our mentor and friend for many years, Mr. Vaden Lucas. No, you won't find his name on some Hall of Fame plaque commemorating his many years of successful husbandry and he didn't have access to social media but he taught us a lot about raising these critters and we humbly carry on now in his stead. He was the one from whom we bought our first bunny and we were hooked. It was always a blessing to be able to sit and talk to him about rabbits and life. His willingness to share his knowledge with us is one of the reasons we are determined to share everything we have learned along the way. We still honor his memory by using an everyday item in our rabbitry - clothespins. These days we use cage cards and software to keep us on track but Mr. Vaden found the clothespin to be just as reliable. He would put all sorts of info on those things, from breed dates and names to prices and litter numbers or any other piece of info that he thought was important. When you visit our rabbitry you are sure to find clothespins marking several of our cages with all sorts of "random, yet important" information. In this tiny way we pay homage to one of the greats.
We currently have 60 holes and house all five recognized ARBA New Zealand colors. We do breed on a regular basis but great care is taken to "rest" our does as our intentions are not that of a bunny mill. Our focus is on producing nice quality healthy animals that you can be proud to take home.
All of our bunnies are fed a corn-free diet which includes pellet feed and a timothy/orchard hay blend. They are also supplemented with Calf-Manna. They get "treats" from time to time which could include anything from shredded wheat to apple tree twigs.
We do get asked on occasion if we sell to those individuals who might want to raise rabbits for meat purposes. The answer is a simple "yes". We understand that this breed is now considered the leading meat breed of rabbit in the country and make no attempt to discriminate against those who choose to use them for that purpose. All we ask is that you let us know that, in advance, so that we may better suit your needs.
We have met many nice people along this journey and have developed some lasting friendships through our shared passion for what we do. We are also proud members of the North Carolina Rabbit Breeders Associations (NCRBA), The American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders (AFNZRB) and the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) with which our rabbitry is registered.
For more information on becoming a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association click the link below.