ARBA Registered Rabbitry
Welcome to Toni's Coneys, a small rabbitry just north of Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of this rabbitry is raising show-quality castor mini rex. All my rabbits are raised to be pets with calm, friendly personalities.
Updates: 4-30-14 Coneys page.
I am updating my entire website this spring. Some pages may seem unfinished at times.
Check out the other pages of this site to see the rabbits! I also have many rabbit articles and tips on my website and blog.
I now have my ARBA rabbit registrar license. If you are interested in having rabbits registered please email me. You can find more details on the ARBA Registration page of this site.
Mini rex are great show rabbits and friendly pets. I have been raising mini rex since 2006. I started showing in 2007, and have been focusing on the beautiful and challenging castors since 2009.
I am the main rabbit raiser, but my mom helps take care of some of the rabbits, and comes with me to all the shows. Having her help makes it twice as fun. My sister and brothers take most of the pictures.
I am a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and the National Mini Rex Rabbit Club (NMRRC).
I now have my ARBA rabbit registrar license! If you are interested in having rabbits registered please email me.
I am taking a short break from breeding and raising rabbits while I attend a community college. All my rabbits are still staying with me, I just don't have time to raise litters right now. I'll still be attending shows this spring. I don't know yet when I'll be resuming breeding, it could be as soon as late spring or early summer 2014. I'll keep this website updated with show and litter info.
Here is my rabbitry, all twelve cages in an 8 X 10 shed! There is room for food, hay, bedding, grooming supplies, and all the other stuff I need to raise rabbits. The shed is very nice. It has a window that opens, four skylights, big doors, and vents in the peak. We put in a small air conditioner and insulated under the roof. It is very easy to clean, since it is plastic.
When people with pet rabbits hear I have room for twelve, they can't imagine having so many to care for. When fellow rabbit breeders hear I only have twelve holes, they can't imagine having so few! I think I have the best of both worlds. All my mini rex are pets, so I (and my family) enjoy their fun personalities. As you can see by the pictures, we handle them a lot. I also show my rabbits, so I have the fun and challenge of breeding the right pair, raising the kits, conditioning the juniors, and putting the work of months onto the show table to compete against the best in the midwest!
Having limited space means I have to carefully select breeding stock with qualities that are needed in my herd.
I like to keep my rabbitry clean, and it's fairly easy with a small number of rabbits. We clean their trays every two days, and I sweep the hay up almost every day as well. Clean cages make clean, happy bunnies.
"What should we do after lunch?"
"I like tag."
"I like jumping."
"Let's play hide and seek."
"How about king of the nest box?"
Did you know that when a doe has a litter of kits, it causes her owner to get dry hands?
I've studied this for several years, and it always happens at my rabbitry.
It starts when I first find the new litter, and check the kits to make sure they are healthy. I check on them at least twice a day after that. Of course, I wash my hands before handling them, and between litters if I have more than one. As soon as they are furry enough I carry them around with me.
Dry hands are worth it, the rabbits trust me so much they hop out of their cages into my arms.