The 7 cutest reasons to get up in the morning

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20140331-185548.jpgHave 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.

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Newest Velveteen Lop babies

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″

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3 little reasons foster moms are awesome

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

Bunny Bellies Ready to Pop

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Kinsley nesting last night with a bunch of hay…someone is getting ansy!

All farm girls know how to drive tractors.

All farm girls know how to drive tractors.

Had to do some snow pushin’ this morning due to the 8″ we got overnight in upstate NY. How much snow did everyone else get?! I love snow though, makes the beauty of winter really come out. As you can see as well we are expecting a few litters next week, 2 Velveteen lop does are bred as well as 1 English Lop (although I don’t think she is pregnant). Kinsley and Vandy are both first time moms so we will see how they do. Smooch really set the bar high already this year with her first litter. All but one of those babies are in their new homes. Bas (broken black buck) is still available. He is currently in the house as an indoor rabbit and is soooo good already with his litterbox! I would recommend him for a pet above anything but he still shows promising type as a show rabbit. I’ll be figuring out the show schedule for this year as well. I will be going to one in PA and also a few in NY.

Bas is still available for sale, he is about 12 weeks old currently.

Bas is still available for sale, he is about 12 weeks old currently.

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A little throwback to a few months ago…Smooches first litter…what adorable little bunny butts! (that’s Bas too btw)

 

Top 2 myths of rabbits and cold weather

Thanks to the storm Hercules we are freezing our buns in the East Coast. With temperatures at 0 or below I get many questions not only about the English Lops and their long ears in the winter time, but about rabbits living in the cold in general. Here are some top myths about bunnies and cold temperatures.

1. MY RABBITS’ (especially my long-eared English Lops) EARS WILL FREEZE OR GET FROSTBITTEN IF THEY ARE KEPT IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

Your rabbits ears will be fine in cold weather as long as they stay dry. This means cage hygiene is a must. Water should be kept in a heated water bottle or in a dish that is off the floor so ears can’t be dragged in the water bowl. My shed is kept warm enough during the winter months so I don’t have to deal with frozen water (what a pain!!). I always have hay and dry shavings on my cage floors so wet litter should be always be changed daily. I use litter boxes in my cages as well to make keeping cages clean and cleaning in general much easier.

2. RABBITS CANNOT LIVE OUTSIDE IN COLD TEMPERATURES.

Rabbits are actually better equipped for cold temperatures rather than hot. As far as weather goes, I worry much more when temperatures are over 80 rather than in the negatives. As long as the rabbit has a wind-proof hutch adequately bedded with lots of hay or straw they will be okay. Obviously extreme temperatures of -20 or more than different measures may be needed (slightly heated barn). Rabbits will need more energy when living in these temperatures and free access to unfrozen water as they will drink more as well. I free feed my rabbits in the winter with quality Timothy hay and an 18% protein rabbit pellet. I only cut back on pellets if they are getting chubby (I never cut back on hay). My barn stays between 30-40 degrees during the winter so their water bottles don’t freeze.

Hoppy Holidays!

Hello everyone!

The newest Velveteen Lop litter has now listed sale prices. I’m really pleased with the ears on this litter. Please email me or facebook me at Bella’s Bunnies Rabbitry to inquire about any available listed for sale. I’m not accepting deposits through Paypal (1/2 the listed price) at bellasbunniesrabbitry@gmail.com. I’ve already had a few people message me so I think they will go fast. They will be ready for new homes the 2nd week of January!

Check out their page if you’re interested: Velveteen Lop babies.  I’ll be updating with updated pics of them this weekend. They are a very cute and curious litter in general. We will be breeding more Velveteens and English in the spring once it warms up a bit :-) Have a lovely new year.

 

The ending of another season

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Remington stretching his legs after his long ride from Washington!

National Convention came and went in October. While I didn’t end up showing due to work related reasons (making a living really gets in the way sometimes!), I did go down for a day trip just to check it out. From keeping up with everything the Velveteen Lops had a good exhibition group as well as the English Lops. I received an award for the 5th top exhibitor in show points overall for Velveteen Lops this year from the VLRCA. I got a very lovely engraved plate and I love it! I did come home with some extra stock from that weekend. A chocolate chinchilla English Lop buck named Remington from Rebecca’s Rabbitry in Washington, a tri-color doe from Classic City Rabbitry in Georgia (with chocolate background) and a chocolate doe from Hops N Lops farm in Connecticut. The chocolate doe has our lines in it through the sire, Bella’s Bunnies Sherlock Holmes. The rabbits have all settled in nicely since then and I’m really enjoying the new additions.

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Bella’s Bunnies Rose is available for sale. She’s a beautiful black tort doe.

Bella’s Bunnies Smooches did have her first litter of velveteen lop babies. She had 5 little ones and is being an excellent mother so far….must be taking after her momma, Tiger Lily. These babies will be 8 weeks around the beginning of January. Keep updated on the facebook page or this website’s nestbox page for future availability.

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Vandy relaxing in her carrier, she is my southern belle.

I do currently have one velveteen lop doe for sale, Bella’s Bunnies Rose whom I am very pleased with as a show rabbit I’m going to let go. She would make a great addition to anyone’s breeding program.  Check her out on the for sale page. I may go to a show this weekend in Fulton, NY but still undecided. I’ve been itching to show though so we will see! Any rabbits for sale (I do have a few more I may be willing to part with) can be transported to the show for free.