After a nest of baby bunnies was found in my father’s alfalfa field after cutting, I’ve now been officially privy to the world of raising wild rabbits. I was lucky and had a doe currently nursing a litter so my job was easy although still only 1 baby out of 5 survived. He was named Wildling. And he is definitely different. He tends to keep to himself versus hanging out with his adopted litter-mates even though you would think he wouldn’t know the difference. He is okay with being handled but it seems he would prefer not to. It’s a testament to how many generations it takes to actually domesticate an animal to the point where humans are more friend than foe. While he definitely would have not survived if he had not been fostered, I do always recommend wild animals stay wild. It is their birthright to live that way and part of me will always feel I’m selling him short as a domesticated rabbit. Will he ever be fully rehabilitated? I’m not quite sure. Nature always continues to amaze me.
Just a quick update till I can fine tune my website pages (I need to duplicate myself). Here are sone pictures of the current litters and some new additions. The only Velveteen Lop not available that is pictured here is the tri baby. They are ready for new homes next week. The English Lop litter has 6 babies. I will be only keeping a few from this litter as well and a few are already spoken for but people always back out so feel free to inquire on any rabbit. I only have 1 wild rabbit baby still surviving so she will stay with the rabbitry as a mascot. The other picture is of a pretty black tort doe from Barnes Bunny Barn that joined us recently. Her name is Artemis. Besides the Velveteen Lop and English Lop babies I also have a 5 month old English Lop chestnut buck for sale. His father is a chocolate chestnut agouti and he could possibly carry the chocolate gene when bred to a carrier female. This color is very rare in English Lops still.
Below is a list of rabbits currently for sale and a list of ones possibly available.
BB’s Oakie-Black chestnut agouti buck, DOB 4/22/14, tattoo MR1, 8.5 lbs with 22.5″ ears at 5 months. $100
Mattie (blue) x Frosted Luck (broken black frosted pearl) litter, prices to be determined, 8 weeks on 10/21/14. They will be between $60-$100.
Blue tort doe
Blue tort buck
Broken blue tort buck
Broken orange doe?
BB’s Fiddy: tri buck, 10″ ears at 5 weeks-keeping
BB’s Biddy: black buck, 10.5″ ears at 5 weeks-sold? $55
BB’s Diddy: broken chestnut agouti buck, 10.5″ ears-available $55
BB’s Giddy: broken chestnut agouti buck, 10.5″ ears-available $55
BB’s Iddy: broken black buck, 10″ ears-available $55
BB’s Kiddy: broken black doe, 10″ ears-available $65
BB’s Liddy: broken chestnut agouti doe, 10.5″ ears-available $65
Finally got everything updated on the site (whew!). New litters are posted as well as rabbits available for sale. You will see a few adults for sale as well. I have a small amount of cages and I’m not looking to expand in the near future which means I have to make some ‘cuts’ to ensure I’m using the best possible stock I have available. I have a few young babies for sale as well, please feel free to message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook if you’re interested.
It’s nice to have some great weather finally and the bunnies are enjoying getting some munch time on the lawn. The young babies are adorable (as always) and its nice to finally have some English Lop kits, its been since last summer! I mean, look at that adorable little thing to the left! So fuzzy and cute :)
I will be keeping some of the babies and adding a new English Lop orange doe from Robin Hurz of Robin’s Backyard Bunnies. She is who I originally got my Velveteen Lop stock from a few years ago now and she has some great quality buns for anyone who’s in the market! This doe will be replacing Pokerface. English Lops peak at about 2 years for breeding so Pokerface has earned her retirement. She adds quite the character to the bunny barn (a true diva). Mattie as well is just too small for my limited space and while she has been a great mom I ultimately want animals that I can show and breed.
Check out the nestbox pages, breed pages and the for sale pages above to see all the new additions and updates!
Check out our facebook page for the newest arrivals. I’m still waiting on some litters that may have been false pregnancies which means those does will be rebred within a few days.
Have had a few interested in Velveteen Lops from this litter. I won’t be able to keep the entire 7 after-all in the long run but they are still young and it will be at least a few more weeks until any may be available. The babies are all doing well and enjoying the warmer spring weather. Easter is right around the corner and we will not have any rabbits for sale until after the holiday. It looks like there are 4 does and 3 bucks in this litter. Kinsley was such a good momma and will be not bred again until after show season. Next month the barn will be popping with bouncing baby bunnies (fingers crossed) of both the Velveteen and English Lop kind. Check the litter pages for all of our planned breedings as well as the current babies growth progress so far. Just FYI for all those bunny owners as well I recently grew some grass for the bunnies as an Easter treat for them to munch! While just plain grass seed and peat moss could be used (click here for a how-to), there are ‘grow your own real basket grass’ kits in Wal-Mart. Only took a week for it to sprout and grow enough for the buns to enjoy.
This post has been awhile coming! All 3 fostered babies from Vandy survived and are doing well under Kinsleys’ mothering. Kinsley, like her momma Tiger Lily, has turned out to be a sweetheart as well as a great mom. Vandy will be rebred as well as Coco so tris and chocolates are in our future! I don’t have individual pictures right now but I will soon. The babies have been in our mistook nursery for the past few weeks and we’ve been having fun watching them grow. I will be holding onto this litter for some time to see how they grow since it’s peak show season. I may have some available when they are juniors at 3 months. I do have a token black buck still available for the last litter. He would make a great pet as he has already been accustomed to indoor living and house training. You can see him on the for sale page.
Also check out below for info and pics of our current brood!
Vandy (tri) x Che (chestnut)
Sunny: Broken cream buck, ear 7″
Sumo: Tri buck, ear 7″ (he’s always in the food dish)
Suri: Broken chestnut doe-largest blanket in light shade, ear 7.5″ (Suri means red rose, named in honor of my new niece Cora Rose)
Kinsley (chestnut) x Patrick (broken black)
Sochi: Broken chestnut buck-long stripe down back, ear 7″
Smudge: Broken chestnut doe-has 2 cheek patches, ear 7.25″ (becoming a fast favorite of mine)
Sasquatch: chestnut buck, ear 6.75″ (the runt of the litter)
Lucky#Slevin: broken chestnut buck-large blanket of dark shade, ear 6.75″
We were suppose to have both English and Velveteen lops babies but Pokerface apparently is on strike for the winter and will be revered in a few weeks. So no English babies for awhile. Breeding winter always poses more challenges. Vandy and Kinsley are both mew moms. Vandy had 8 kits which is quite a few for a rabbit her size! Kinsley had four which is a much more manageable number. Vandy decided not to feed hers and I managed to foster 3 from her litter to Kinsleys litter before I lost them all. A tri, broken chestnut and broken orange were saved. I didn’t dare to foster any more as Kinsley is now already nursing 7. She’s been a good momma and I’m sure Vandy will. Get the hang of it the next time around. It’s typical to lose a litter with newer moms. I’ve included some pics below of the babies and also an awesome selfie of me in my carharts. We are getting so much snow! You can also see where Vandy decided to make her own burrow in the hay instead of using the nest box. For the upcoming month I will be rebreeding Pokerface and Vandy. I will also be breeding Coco, a chocolate velveteen lop. Continue reading