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!!!
Bella’s Bunnies Guinness
Bella’s Bunnies Clover
Bella’s Bunnies Patty (or Pat, lol)
- 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)
One of the newest members of Bella’s Bunnies, she still needs a name, enjoys her first taste of an apple treat!
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!!!
Pokerface x Frosted Luck’s litter. Great example (from top to bottom) of different shades of orange. You can see the comparison of the solid orange, the broken fawn (middle) and a broken cream (bottom).
The litter of Miss Farrah and Mr. Cleo (officially ARBA red-seal registered). From left to right, broken chestnut, orange, broken opal (?), orange, chestnut, broken chestnut.
- 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)
If you follow us on facebook you will see that I lost a English Lop baby this morning…looks like he wasn’t getting enough to eat. So we are down to 3 opals and 1 chestnut for babies. I currently have 2 of them spoken for as of now. Collins, the velveteen lop, was rebred to Domino (tri-color) since she faked her pregnancy and no babies were to be had. We should see them born around Valentine’s Day. I only have 1 velveteen lop buck left currently from the previous litter and at this point I’m going to hold onto him. If I decide to keep him then his father, Che, will be for sale. Right now my main focus is preparing for the Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association State Convention which is the first weekend in February It should be a very big show with lots of competition! The picture below is of the English Lop litter who are currently about a week old!
If you are a fan of Bella’s Bunnies on Facebook then you have already heard the news that Pokerface (English lop) kindled 5 kits yesterday around 5pm. All healthy and happy even in the cold weather! Looks like we have opals, chestnut agoutis or chinchillas. Hard to tell who is who right now and next week will bring the final roll call. The bunny barn is kept above freezing so they should all make it but the first week or two are always uncertain. One of my velveteen lops, Collins, should as well be popping out a litter tomorrow or Wednesday as well but time will tell. Palpation of her stomach does not reveal to much so I hope she is bred to begin with. We are expecting tri’s, blacks and among others with this litter. There still are 2 velveteen lop babies from the last litter that are developing very nicely. It has been very hard to narrow down the best out of that litter and their personalities are very sweet. This is no surprise as their mother is a therapy rabbit and their father is the sweetest buck I own.
5 healthy English Lop kits.
A very pregnant Pokerface
Updated almost every page on the site! Check out the for sale, litter, and show pages Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We got lots of snow here which the bunnies enjoyed romping in this morning. I should be getting lots of new year surprises so there is plenty show stock this year and for convention.
Well all the babies from the past 2 litters are gone and the last one available is pending (black tort doe) so if you were interested there is still time to snatch her up. I do still have Robin Hood available for sale although I will be taking him to shows starting in September which if he does well on the tables will only make his price go up. He’s a sweetie and from what I hear back from my buyers this entire litter are clowns and are a joy to have around!
p.s. We are going to try Sherwood Forest’s Natural Rabbit Food soon…I’ll be posting some information on pellets and feeding and as well let you know what I think about this company!
- Cute Overload (bellasbunnies.com)
The picture below is Benton on the way to his new home in Buffalo! Just a few English Lops left for sale. Bella’s bunnies will be keeping at least 2 out of this litter, maybe 3. But feel free to inquire if you’re interested.