Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bunny Update

Well, we've had an exciting couple of weeks in the rabbitry. We had a good show in Bloomington, Illinois, with many compliments on the French angora bodies under the wool. That was exciting and a definite nod to our eldest son's skill at feeling under the wool for body conformation and scoring!!!! First, our 8 month old REW doe Jewel got her 3rd leg which I believe qualifies her for her grand championship. YIPEEEE, and she has a great calm personality too so she is definitely one to watch for big things! Next, the little red eyed white buck on our for sale page got a leg a couple weeks ago, another to watch for big things. The little Lilac tort is also showing well, with multiple comments on the body under his fleece.

Sadly, we discovered that our very best satin junior doe has a umbilical hernia, and is no longer show eligible. Several judges recommending keeping her for breeding stock since she has great conformation and the condition is not health threatening nor genetic. I've seen the condition in lambs, but never rabbits. The judge said it is from the Mama doe not getting this particular kit quite cleaned up after birthing. Knowing the Mama, Chocolate, it was because she was so busy with babies coming, she has large litters.

Lastly, a very sweet English lop with multiple legs toward her grand championship followed us home from the Bloomington show this last weekend bring with her a darling otter Mini Rex buck with a very impressive pedigree. We were encouraged to take both to Nationals later this fall, as the breeder thought they would both do very very well. Nationals...hmmmm???

 Happy Labor Day!!!

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