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Taking a Short Break

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I am taking a short break from breeding and raising my mini rex. I'm attending a community college and will not have the time to raise litters with the amount of care and attention I like to give them. All my rabbits are staying with me and I'll still be going to shows and registering this fall and next year. I might be raising a litter next spring, I'll have to see how my schedule is.

 

This break will give me an opportunity to save up for a very nice herd buck. I've b...

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It's Official!

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I have completed all the requirements and am now an ARBA licensed registrar! I'm looking forward to registering at shows in the spring. I can also register rabbits for breeders in the area and register my own bunnies too! 

After working with judges I worked with a registrar at one show. The registrar was Jacalynn Gumz. There were only two rabbits brought to be registered that day, a rex and a Himalayan. Jacalynn registered the first one and pointed out a few thi...

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Out With the Fly Strips and In With the Straw

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I've had fly strips up in the shed all summer, and they caught lots of flies. Now with cooler weather flies aren't a problem. Flies may no longer be invading, but cold drafts of air are. So I took down the fly strips and found my rabbit boxes in the garage.

 

Each rabbit gets its own box for winter. That way I can keep the shed doors or at least the window open most of the time. Most of the boxes are made of plywood. These are my favorite, but I also have a cou...

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Assisting ARBA Judges for my Registrar's License

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I have now worked with three ARBA judges as required for my registrar's license! It was a blast, I learned a lot from each judge and enjoyed handling so many breeds of rabbits.

 

I was able to assist Steve Zaruba for my first show, Troy Ihrke for my second show, and Vic Vogts for my third show. I appreciate the time each of them took, giving me pointers throughout the day. I learned how to handle the lar...

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Blue Bunny Paws

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The rabbits are getting blue paws!

 

The rabbit pen is under a mulberry tree. As you can see, mulberries stain everything. Julius has his feet stained blue, some of the others have purple feet. Spice and Isima like eating the mulberries, the other rabbits think the berries are too sticky to try.

 

 

Fiber3 Rabbit Chow

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been using Purina's Fiber3 Rabbit Chow for almost a year now. It has no corn, lower protein, and higher fiber than Purina's basic Rabbit Chow. I've seen how the rabbits react to it in cold weather and warm, and in all life stages, I'm quite pleased with the results.

 

I switched during our very dry summer last year when I could no longer buy grass hay. I had started feeding alfalfa, but this caused some of our older rabbits to have problems with colic (gas b...

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Registrar Test Results

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I passed the test! I received the results in the mail yestderday. My score was 100% on the oral and 98% on the written. That means I missed two questions, I wonder which they were...

 

Now I can start working under judges for the next few shows! I plan to start this Saturday, I'm looking forward to it. Mom will have to show the rabbits for me. She's been doing it the last few shows while I write, so she'll be fine.

My Quest For An ARBA Registrar License

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

I have been going through the process of obtaining an ARBA rabbit registrar license! If all goes well I hope to have my license early next year. This may seem like a long time, but there are many steps involved and it may actually take longer.

 

This is something I've wanted to accomplish for a while; I'm looking forward to it. It will give me something to do at the shows and I think it will be fun. I will also be able to register rabbits for breeders in ...

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Spring Cleaning in the Rabbit Shed

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

We are finally having some warm weather after all the setbacks in March. That means I can do spring cleaning! The rabbit shed has been in desperate need of a thorough hosing.

Mom helped me carry the cages into the yard; I also took out everything else that wasn't on a high shelf. I swept out all the hay and straw that had accumulated behind the cages and then washed the floor and walls down with the hose.

I love having a plastic shed, cleaning is so easy and ...

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A Rabbit Welcome

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1)

It's nice to know my rabbits like me. After all, I spend an hour a day cleaning their cages, an hour feeding and watering them, and another hour grooming and spoiling them. Last week I was stuck inside for a few days with a bad cold. Mom fed my bunnies for me, and even cleaned their cages. The first chore time I was able to go out and feed them, they were so happy to see me! Each of my twelve rabbits had to say hi before they would take a single bite of breakfast. They all wanted to sniff, pu...

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Gordisima's Long Awaited Litter

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

After waiting since spring, Gordisima finally has a litter! It has been a long wait, I hope it will be worth it. She has three little kits, all castors. Nugget is the sire. They were born November 11, 2012.


Isima is 1 1/2 years old, and I didn't want to wait that long before her first litter, but things have just not worked out as planned. I bred her last spring, but that buck was never able to produce a litter. After moving, I bred her to Nugget. Her first litter was due...

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Spice's First Litter

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Spice kindled (gave birth to) her very first litter on November 11, 2012! She's doing a great job with taking care of them, they are all thriving. She has four kits, all castors. '

I'm very excited about this litter for several reasons. The first is that Spice is the only offspring I have from Toni's Curry, my best castor buck. In his short life he sired a Best of Breed, Best Opposite, and Best of Variety. Spice is very like him in type, I'm hoping she passes it along as well as he did....

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Winterizing the Wabbitry

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This year I am winterizing my rabbitry before cold weather hits. Mom and I took the cages out of the shed, and we hosed down the shed walls and floor, the cages, and the trays. I give each of my rabbits a snug box for the winter, and put away the hay racks. All the rabbits get a box because I like to leave the shed doors and window open as much as possible during the day. Fresh air and sunshine are the best preventative medicine. The rabbits can go into their boxes if they want to be w...

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Six Years of Mini Rex

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I bought my first pair of mini rex exactly six years ago, with money from my seventheenth birthday. Those first two rabbits started me down the path to raising and showing castor mini rex. The doe was a broken castor, and the buck was a blue. Not a good color combination, but I learned a lot about raising rabbits with those two. I fell in love with the castor color when they produced a castor doe. At shows I learned what good castors should look like, and set about growing a castor herd of my...

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My First Best Opposite!!

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Spice won Best Opposite Sex at the Union County Fair in Afton! She is my first home-grown rabbit to win higher than BOV. She is only 3 1/2 months old! I'm thankful to have a good castor from Curry's last litter.

Juniper also did well, though he was the only opal.

Shasta was the BOV red, with Ginger taking second of the two.

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New Rabbits

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Over the last few days I have been able to find two nice new bucks. One is a castor, Hayworth's Nugget. The other is a red, Twin Barn's SRC Flynn. I have pictures up now, and hope to have litters this fall.

Goodbye Curry

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

On June 24th, 2012, we lost Curry. He was such a sweet little guy, I will miss him. He was also my only castor buck, and the perfect match for Lavanda. Their offspring were all super friendly and great show rabbits as well.

Library Rex

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Lavanda's babies, now four weeks old, were the guest stars at the Adel Public Library this morning. The kids, and parents, loved the bunnies! Everyone got a chance to pet them.

The rabbits were very curious about all these small people!

It was a good experience for the rabbits. I try to introduce them to small children so they will be good show rabbits and pets for kids.

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A Win!

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Nutmeg, a rabbit I sold to a family in Minnesota, won Best of Breed for her new owner in a 4-H fun show! Nutmeg is the big sister of Lavanda's litter. I hope they follow in her footsteps!