It’s been a week since our return from the OSRBA Mini Convention. It was a big show with about 8000 rabbits total. Probably about 70-80 velveteen lops. It was nice to finally meet everyone from the velveteen lop community instead of just talking through email or Facebook. Overall I did well falling in mid range with the bunnies and got lots of great feedback. The judge for the second show was Sue Rice who was an original breeder of VLops back with Mary Crawford (inventor of the breed) so it was great to hear her comments. Che (my stud buck) did the best out of Tracy, Rose and Kinsley. I brought Mr. Cleo too. He did ok but he had some great competition so no big win there. I was showing against some long-time well known breeders in both velveteen and English lops so I was definitely out-classed! But it’s fun to compete at that level. There were some English lop ladies there that I had originally met at the PaSRBA and it was nice to see them again as well! Check out the pictures below from the weekend. They include some overall pics of the show, some random bunnies, some of our rabbits and also a picture of a new black English lop buck we brought home from Lops Unlimited by breeder Hannah Foster (who is a star in the youth show world). His name is Buck and I think he will bring better ear and size into our future stock.
What do you think of the updated site?! Mr. Cleo will be attending a show this weekend in Rhinebeck, hope he does well. Memphis was going to go as well but he is just misses the weight requirement for a senior buck at 9.3 lbs. (he needs to be at least 9.5). I’ll just have to beef him up alittle so he makes it for the next show which will be Ohio convention. All the babies are doing well, the rest of them all got their tattoos on tonight (which they weren’t that happy about). Hope y’all are enjoying the nice weather!
Babies are doing well. Been little cold lately but it’s still been a refreshing change of weather. Been working on the barn some to spruce it up and make it fancy! Penny kindled 10 babies (1 doa), a big litter for a young momma. She did lose them all the next day…so she was rebred to Mr. Cleo and will be due again in May. This is typical usually for a first time mom to lose 1 or 2 litters. Hopefully she will grow up some and nature will kick in. So far we are still planning on making the trip to Ohio for the Velveteen Lop specialty show! I talked to Lorrie, the COD holder, and she said to expect around 50-70 Velveteens to show. So exciting!!!! The most I’ve ever shown against was 5! Can’t wait for some REAL competition And to meet all the movers and shakers of the Velveteen Lop world. The end of the month we will be going to the Rhinebeck show too down near Poughkeepsie. I still have a young Velveteen Lop buck that is available for sale. He would be good for breeding or pet and he has no showing disqualifications. He will be going to the Ohio show so transport will be available on the way out to anywhere on the way. If anyone is looking for transport out to that show let me know.
Everything is good in the rabbitry. Enjoying some warmer weather finally. Still expecting one more litter of English Lops next week. Currently, there are only going to be English Lops available in the future as all the Velveteen Lop babies are spoken for currently. I only have a young buck for sale (Tracy). I will be sending a few English Lops to the Rhinebeck show at the end of the month and the big plan is to go the Velveteen Lop Specialty Show in Ohio. I’ll be competing against the COD holder herself (the working standard for Velveteen Lops until they get officially recognized as an ARBA breed) as well as some other great breeders. I need to put my babies up against some well-developed lines!!! That show is the beginning of May. I will be offering transport from NY to Ohio (or back) to anyone that may need it. Everyone got wormed (except for the pregnant/nursing does) and their nails trimmed today. Here are some pictures of RBB’s Collins (broken black) x Darabella’s Domino (tri) litter. They were born on St. Patty’s Day if you were wondering about their names. I’m still debating on one whether it is a boy or girl!!!
- My 6 Valentines (bellasbunnies.com)
Whew. Updated for sale pages and the velveteen lop buck & doe pages as well. The Velveteen Lop babies are all spoken for. I only currently have (plenty) English Lop babies…but boy are they cute. They won’t be ready for their new homes till mid-May at the earliest. Feel free to let me know if you have an eye on any particular rabbit. I won’t be accepting deposits until a few more weeks in which I will let you know. I love the (below) pic of Pokerface completely zonked out with her babies all snuggled in the corner. I absolutely love the 2-5 week baby stage…adorable! And have a great Easter this coming weekend!
- 17 Kits & Counting (bellasbunnies.com)
Drat…it’s snowing again and we are expected to get 4-8″ tonight. It’s March, and it’s time for spring time already!!! I recently received a dehydrator and the rabbits devoured some homemade dried apple slices this morning…even the small babies tried to get in a bit before the treat monger (Tiger) snatched them up! The 4 velveteen kits are doing phenomenal. Looks like I have 3 girls and 1 boy. I’m going to hang onto all 3 girls and possibly the boy as well for now. It’s just a fabulous litter that I think will be great for our success here. Pokerface has 4 English Lop kits left, 1 orange, 1 fawn, 1 cream and 1 black tort. You can see them in the picture below. They opened their eyes today so all is wondrous I’ve been supplementing them (I’ll post a video later) with some extra milk since they’ve been skinnier than I would like to see at this point in the game. I think Poker wants a vacation for awhile after this litter (which she has deserved). The other 7 English Lop babies are doing well at Barnes’ Bunny Barn. I included a picture of them here but its best to keep up with their progression on our facebook page! I will be keeping 1 from each litter and the rest will be available for sale around May. Collins has not kindled yet but she should tonight or tomorrow…she is on my s&#^ list even though I love her. She is the perfect example of why a good brood doe is worth their weight in gold. Collins has been bred 6 times and she has ONLY raised 2 kits to full maturity!!!
- 17 Kits & Counting (bellasbunnies.com)
Expecting two more litters which will be Collins x Domino (velveteen lops) and Penny x Mr. Cleo (english lops). Both of these ladies had litters that they lost so they were rebred. Penny had hers this morning and they didn’t make it, for a new mom this is typical. She had 6 total with a mix of broken and solid opals. I just missed the window of opportunity to save them unfortunately Pokerface (pictured making her nest below) is a good momma once again, and kindled 7 babies but lost 1. There is a mix of solids and brokens of torts, oranges and possibly cream or frost. The other English Lop babies are at another local breeder, Barnes’ Bunny Barn, as it was a co-breeding between their doe and our buck, Mr. Cleo. Tiger’s little guys are doing well still and their cuteness kills me everyday. We got quite a bit of snow the other day but it is all gone now! Been warming hope lately…we’re all ready for spring here!
- Tiger’s Last Litter (bellasbunnies.com)
Tiger (Velveteen Lop) kindled yesterday with no complications. She had 6 kits, looks like 2 REW (maybe?), 1 harlequin, 2 brokens (not sure of color, possibly black, opal or blue) and 1 broken tort possibly. Hard to tell at this stage. I will post a picture in a few days with some more updates. Lots of pretty babies either way Fingers-crossed she gets them all to adulthood but she has yet to disappoint me. This will be her last litter as long as I get a doe that I can use as her replacement. I want to retire her to a life of spoiledness just as she deserves.
- Pokerface x Boom Litter and Other Updates (bellasbunnies.com)