It has been a very wet winter so far here at the rabbitry. Someone has said that "when it's not cold, it's raining and when it's not raining it's cold". That about sums up the situation.
Our Spring breeding program is in full swing as we have 5 new litters in the barn that were just born this week. Those bunnies will be available for Easter and some of them will be taking the trip to the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville this year. We have been busy breeding our whites exclusively for the Fair and we certainly hope to see you there.
For those who may be attending the Mother Earth News Fair and would like a color other than white please drop us a line and let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Some of you who have followed us for some time will notice that we have less of a presence on the buy and sell Facebook groups and that is simply because we find that they are not advantageous to us and our style of business. Those groups, as of late, have become more about trying to "move" a bunch of bunnies instead of focusing on quality stock.
We also no longer have a partner rabbitry and have chosen to once again stand alone. It is the only way to ensure that what we promise you we can deliver without concern of deviations in the breeding program. Please be assured, however, that we house enough unrelated stock to continue to meet the needs of our patrons.
We wanted to finally say to you...thank you for trusting us enough to continue to support us enough to drive several hours, in some cases, to get bunnies from us. We really appreciate it and wish the best to all of you.
Hello again from the rabbitry.
If you follow us on Facebook then you know we have been very busy preparing for winter. With the recent "fall back" event of daylight savings time, which I thoroughly loathe, we have been busier than ever in the rabbitry. Some of the items that have been crossed off the list are installing windows and walling up the front of the barn as well as adding a door and even more lights to the barn. We have also added a 40000btu gas heater. We are in the process of adding a "office/exam-room/store" attached directly to the rabbitry so we can handle business quicker, monitor health issues and offer rabbit-related items that first-timers as well as seasoned vets might need such as nest-boxes, water bottles, feeders, cage clips etc. We will also be offering automatic water supplies in the near future. A processing room will be added and hopefully be operational by spring.
In the midst of all this work (with much shorter days I might add) we have added a new element to the rabbitry. We are introducing a complete Non GMO line of bunnies. I invite you to click on the page entitled NON GMO PROJECT to learn more about this new venture.
We will continue to work hard to provide you all the necessary things to get you up and running and keep you that way for many years to come.
In our next blog, we hope to discuss our new nestbox design.
Until next time, hoppy trails!
Hey guys and gals!
It has been quite a while since my last blog so I suppose I am overdue.
Well, as most of you know, we have dealing with Hurricane Florence and her aftermath. My heart goes out to all of those who have lost so much because of this event. We suffered some damage but compared to others it is absolutely nothing to complain about.
Our bunnies made it through with no issues. We probably spent more time preparing the rabbitry than we did the house...lol. We have added a lot of does to the breeding stock over the last couple months and met some great people in the process.
I am assuming you saw our post on Facebook regarding the confirmed case of RHD in Ohio. I will try to get a post on here as well as soon as time permits. If there is anything to be learned from this is to make sure you are paying attention to your rabbits' health and hygiene. Don't start thinking it cannot happen to you.
We have four beautiful broken blue babies that will be four weeks old tomorrow. Once we decide what we are keeping we will make the others available for sale.
We also have quite a few does expecting the first week of October so we will see what that brings.
Until then, we will be adding more lighting, installing cage numbers, hanging a few more cages and fighting mosquitoes with a vengeance.
It is also not too soon to start preparing for winter for as we are know...Winter Is Coming.
Hello again everyone! It has been a very hot summer so far and we will be glad when it subsides a bit. We have actively begun our breeding program and should expect to see our first new litters in just a few days. With that I should add that we have nearly made a wholesale change to our breeding does. We have brought in quite a few proven breeders from various locations throughout the country and are expecting great things from these mamas.
If you follow us then you also know by now that we have sold out of available stock and have parted ways with a number of proven breeders, both bucks and does, in the process.
In other news, we are expanding the rabbitry yet again. We have added approximately 200 square feet more to the barn and are busily hanging new cages in anticipation of new arrivals.
We may also be adding another dimension to our program fairly soon (by Spring hopefully) but I will share more detail on that if and when it happens so stay tuned.
With that I wish you all the best in your hopping and thumping!
It has been very wet over here for the last couple of days but even with the not so nice weather we have added some new faces to our rabbitry. What that means is simply with the additions comes an opportunity for someone to purchase some of our proven breeders. We have a couple of red does, couple of white bucks, a broken black buck and maybe a broken black doe. All are proven and are at least 1/2 pedigreed. We will be updating everyone on the new additions as soon as time and weather permits.
Thanks to all of those who have continued to support this rabbitry.
See ya soon....JT
Hello everyone! Hope all is well.
We have made it through all the heat-related issues and have some nice kits to show for it. While we did lose 2 moms, we were able to save the babies and they are doing quite well.
Sometimes you just have to tighten your belt and go for it. It is disheartening to know that we lost the does but at least we can keep the line going through the kits.
We have hit the pause button on the breeding program until next month. With temps in the high 90s I just do not feel comfortable nor do I see the need to place the does under more stress just for the sake of having more kits. The health of the does is more important.
Remember, we are always here if you need us. Until next time...
Yesterday was quite an eventful day.....yesterday was a very hot day....no wait, yesterday sucked!
The sweltering heat of yesterday caused its first and hopefully its last victims in the rabbitry. We lost 3 does and several babies due to what we can only believe to be extreme temperatures. Fans were going and blowing but hot air doesn't care.
Hopefully today goes better as we have supersized our fans and have ice bottles ready to go. In all my years of "bunnying" I can say that I have never suffered such a loss by heat or any other variable. You might ask why I chose to write this info down for you to read. The answer is simple. If you were not already planning to deal with these temperatures, please do so now. Make sure all the water is flowing, that the air is moving and that there is no overcrowding but above all else be prepared for what could happen even if you do everything right.
I am thankful that the orphaned bunnies are all eating on their own so fostering will not have to be an option. We will keep a watchful eye on them as time goes on.
Until next time...
The last couple of weeks has seen rain descend upon us nearly every afternoon and if you have a full-time job it makes it very difficult to get your work done when you get home.
Additions cannot be built, barn floor cannot be cleaned, grass starts to get out of control and today looks to be no different. We were able to make a hay and shavings run this morning before the sky opened up. Such is the life of a busy bunny breeder.
We did have 4 litters of bunnies born on the 24th with one being born to NB's Alette who is a first time mom. She is doing great as are the babies. With no hiccups we should have black, broken black, red, broken red and blue from these litters. NB's Clara Belle is now due for what will be the 4th time and hopefully she will come through for us. If not, we are content to move her on to someone who could use her as a pet. Just in case we have added to our white stock. On last Friday we drove quite a few miles and hours to bring in NB's Caesar, Casper, Carlie and Cassie. These are from a great line and we are so pleased to have them in our rabbitry.
I hope everyone is doing well and we hope that you observe Memorial Day as it was meant to be which is why we do not say Happy Memorial Day but rather we will just say "Thank You" to all of those who have and still defend our freedom and we humbly remember those who gave all they had to honor that commitment.
Hello everyone. I trust you are all doing well.
We spent the last weekend in Asheville at the Mother Earth News Fair and I must say it was awesome. Topics from solar panels and beekeeping to gardening and chickens. Of course, I attended two lectures on keeping backyard meat rabbits. What I observed was that there were a lot of people who were very interested in the subject and appeared to be craving more information.
While the lectures were obviously necessary, they were only able to give a brief overview due to time constraints. Everyone is rushing to get to the next lecture and that does not leave a lot of time for a Q & A session.
We made an attempt to bring some bunnies back to the rabbitry with no luck. We are expecting 2 litters of reds this week from first time moms NB's June and July. Yes, they are sisters...lol.
First time moms can be a challenge sometimes but we will see what happens as the week progresses.
That about wraps this one up but, on a final note, I wanted to thank all of our customers both past and present. Thank you for your continued support.
I trust that everyone is doing well and that all of your bunnies are hopping right along. I wanted to give some updates on a few things.
First, our water system for the rabbitry is now fully automated! We now have a storage capacity of 275 gallons which is amazing. The most expensive component after everything was completed was the tubing but we have discovered a less expensive source for the expansion.
We have several broken red and solid blue bucks available and we also have a 1/2 pedigreed litter of black/broken blacks. In addition we have a full pedigreed litter of blues and blacks as well as another small litter of blues.
That being said, we are pleased to announce our latest litter of blue/broken blues and at the same time saddened to report that our latest litter of red/broken reds did not survive. NB's Phoenix decided not to care for these babies so she pushed them to the side of the nest box and chose the rest of the box for her own space.
This is not some foreign situation and we deal with these things from time to time. Now the decision to be made is whether not to rebreed her immediately or just "rest" her. Considering that this was only her second litter we may just rebreed her next week.
I write these things to let you know that some of the struggles that you may face that would cause you discouragement and may even have you to consider throwing in the towel are commonplace. We, as breeders, can do "everything right" and we will be reminded of something that I say often. It is still "up to the doe". I have seen several posts of failed attempts to "warm and revive" kits that mom has decided not to care for and I have to ask myself why. I understand the desire to want to save these babies but as much as I have tried over the years I have found that the success rate in minimal, at best, because it is still "up to the doe". I do make fostering attempts from time to time but not before I consider all the facts and possible consequences of any action I might take. On that note I will leave you with something that I remind myself of often - when in doubt, don't do it.