Trickster Hares is a tiny bunny farm recently relocated to the Western Slope of Colorado from Sonoma County, California. We are interested in sustainability and raising our own food, while maintaining our heritage breeds of animals. We are also in celebration of the wonderful qualities of the rabbit and honor their mythological heritage as the trickster. Rabbits embody the trickster in many ways – they are very smart, clever, and amazing escape artists! There are countless stories across many cultures about rabbit trickery, and we have many of our own, here on the farm.
In a society focused on mass production over form, beauty, and personality, we are participating in a movement reclaiming our beautiful heirloom breeds of rabbits. Due to our move we reduced to our two favorite breeds on the critically endangered list with the Livestock Conservancy – Beveren and Belgian Hare. Prior to our move we also raised Blanc d’Hotot, American, and Harlequin.
Now we reside in the high desert in an agriculturally-friendly county and keep it small. Drought is a real issue up here so we pray for rain and the continued good health for our herd. For now, because everything loves rabbit and we have every hungry predator under the sun, we are keeping them sequestered in cages inside a fenced structure, inside a fenced garden, and the grow out run is a 20-ft dog kennel buried with cement so nothing can dig in. We have had lynx or bobcat visit us, and coyotes run circles around our bunny barn at night. It’s no joke. When we find permanent housing we’ll possibly return to pasture colonies with a big spool of hot wire.
While we raise rabbits for food, they are also our pets, our friends, our family, and our way of life. Not to mention we show them competitively on a national level and are invested in preserving these two heritage breeds from the late 1800’s, a piece of our history.