FARM PRODUCT INFO

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

Rabbits

We are no longer breeding or showing rabbits. ( Updated 1/2014) If you are interested in a particular line of ours, email and we'll direct you to descendants. In the meantime, read on for how we are loving our bunnies now.

If you have followed along with us for a while you will know that we used to have rabbits of all sorts, the kids showed them and we all loved them. Then the kids grew and their tastes changed. They wanted to focus on the sheep and llamas.  But nobody wanted the rabbits to go, they just didn't want to show them anymore. Okay fine, no problem, so we stopped breeding bunnies, focused on loving on our favorite bunnies and all was well.  Fast forward, we decided we would like to have the garage back, this meant a bunny move as our rabbitry has occupied our garage for years. Where to put them???  

A good friend, Summerfield Bunnies and blog follower has often told me about how her family raised bunnies when she was a kid. They had a rabbit colony. Another acquaintance has been trying french angoras out in a rabbit colony in her barn with wild success. This concept intrigued me. So we decided there was no time like the present to try it. In order to do this we felt we had to cut the bunny herd size down. So several of our young French Angoras and American Fuzzy lops went to Sommersfield Bunnies to be used in their breeding and show programs.

 We have a chicken coop portion of our barn, we once had chickens in it but our goose, Kernal has trouble making the jump from the pasture into the coop so we have been using another coop for the chickens. This abandoned chicken coop in the barn has concrete pavers on the floor, solid walls to the ceiling on 3 sides and a 48 inch wall on the 4th that has a chain link panel above it that keeps pesky raccoons out of the chicken coop. Could it work for rabbits? 

The answer is a resounding YES!  We have had our last (old) favorite bunnies loose in the old chicken coop since spring 2012. The buck is loose with the does. Yes, multiple rabbit does loose in the same 10 x 12 area, and they all get along fine. In fact, they even play games with each other. They have free access to water via a 5 gallon chicken waterer. Free access to feed with a baby pig feeder that I found at a local farm store. Free access to a bale of grass hay. The floor is covered in pine shavings except around the waterer and feeder. The concrete pavers keep their nails trimmed when they dig in the pine shavings and urine drains through the cracks between the pavers keeping the area dry and smelling fresh. They can happily burrow under the hay bale, or play king of the hay bale. The bunnies can run, jump, and play and they do! If they wish they run up and seek attention when their humans come into the rabbitry. We frequently turn a 5 gallon bucket over and sit on it and interact with the bunnies. Surprisingly, the french angora coats are NOT full of pine shavings. The rabbit coop is easy to clean, when the time comes for a pine shaving change, we simply pop the bunnies in their carriers and scoop out the used shavings and haul to the burn pile or use a mulch. All the way around a delightful blessing!!

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Past bunnies who've gone to new homes both show and wooling....

Our sweet Junior found a great local home. He went from nice bunny who got along with everyone to massive snuggler in a heartbeat, he really likes his new folks!! 
Gone to Wisconsin

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Gone to Wisconsin


A very nice Chocolate tort!!!


A very nice Lilac tort-- I just love Lilac wool!!







GONE- To northern Illinois
GONE- to Northern Illinois





GONE TO VERMONT_Chocolate pearl doe(Snowball)

 GONE TO VERMONT_Blue pearl doe (Julia)