28 Jun 2018 No Comments
Rare Breed Rabbits
06 Oct 2017 2 Comments
We have Belgian Hare babies! Probably the last litters until sometime next summer. I have a couple show quality and a few pet quality – meaning their tan factor markings may not be orange enough, or any other conformational issues that means they should not be used in breeding but would make terrific pets. Belgian Hares are particularly wonderful housepets! Very interactive, lively, and affectionate. Hares need room to roam, so these will not do well in a standard rabbit hutch.
These are baby pictures, not the best time to take a picture for a hare, as they are rapidly developing. Feel free to inquire for more updated pix.
05 Mar 2017 No Comments
There has been a ton of activity here at the farm, and mostly its been selling off the rabbits, far and wide across the United States. Its been very enjoyable participating in a nationwide rare breed revival project. Afterall, rabbits are one of the easiest sources for home grown food, easy to keep and feed. These heritage breeds have very different qualities than standard commercial rabbits bred for today’s market. We had the room so we grew to include quite a few different breeds. What we didn’t anticipate was needing to move. Changing circumstances with our landlady’s family means we have to vacate our home and farm of the past 9 years. While we’ve been looking where that new home will be, it hasn’t materialized yet. So, with much regret, we’ve been selling off almost all our livestock.
I’m out of Americans and Silver Fox, and Blanc de Hotot except for a few nestbox babies, who will be sold when weaned. I am selling off all Harlequins, fun and delightful as they are. Photos of animals for sale here.
Moving forward, we’ll be a much smaller rabbit farm, keeping it simple. We’ll be staying with a few Belgian Hares and Beveren. (and some curly Beveren!) Due to not knowing where we are going to land, we’re having to downsize drastically, taking only my very favorites to float with us as we look for home.
That means its March Madness at the farm and its an excellent time to purchase breeding stock on these rare breeds!
Beveren are now on sale for $50 apiece (pictures of animals for sale here), down from $75-100.
Harlequin are now on sale for $40 apiece, down from $60.
We also have cages for sale – single 36″ cages for $30 and 12 foot rows for $125, and runs for $25. Everything must go! Including the pasture pens, if you prefer to raise yours colony style.
What I know is I put time, effort and love into helping these breeds survive and thrive, and have gotten many people involved over the past few years. Each of these breeds will continue to grow and thrive, even as I pass them on to new people to pick up.
The majority of my French import Hotot stock went to Barbara Blankenship in WA, while some also went to California breeders – Jo Carroll in Central CA, Mandy Lott, and Michael Pollack of Lupin Lapin, both in Northern CA. Feel free to chase down my purebred lines through any of these folks. I have also sent stock to Kristin Renk in NE, and Mattea Lear in OK. I highly recommend working with purebred lines for higher percentages of correct markings, best mothering instincts, and calmer, more friendly personalities.
Blanc de Hotot are an excellent breed for many reasons but given our circumstances, and how much we have to downsize, we’ve opted to keep our big teddy bear Beveren – who are downright cuddly – and our elegant wild-ish Belgian Hares. It also made perfect sense that I naturally gravitated towards two breeds from Belgium, where my ancestors originated too. So there might be some affinity between us that at the end of the day, we couldn’t be parted.
Let me know if I can help you get started with one of these breeds!
05 Mar 2017 No Comments
We were thrilled to win Best Opposite Sex of Beveren at ARBA’s National Convention in Del Mar in 2016, with Junior White Beveren Buck, ‘Posey’.
Knowing there are really top notch breeders who come to National Convention from all over the U.S., this came as a surprise! We still consider ourselves new breeders going on 6 years with this breed, and this is only our second National Convention.
Trickster Hares Posey is out of Grand Champion Trickster Hares Fortuna, who won CA Convention, and Trickster Hares Seamus, who won at West Coast Classic.
Unfortunately, changing life circumstances has prohibited further showing of Posey to Grand him as well. We hope to be able to at least have our rabbits attend more shows in the future – for now we make it out when we can.
We also won Best White Fur at National Convention with Trickster Hares Shooting Star.We hope to make the next one in Indiana for 2017!
Also showing was giant blue hares! People got a big kick out of this hare. We’ll see about making something else for the Belgian Hare booth for 2017!
26 Sep 2016 No Comments
Despite our pending move and other dramatic flurry of activities this fall, we’ve decided to head down to National Convention with the best of our young stock, to rub elbows with fellow rare breed rabbit breeders from all over the country. Most of my stock – if not all- will be for sale. I am still needing to downsize with our upcoming move.
Here’s photos of some of the rabbits taken a few weeks ago. As juniors, they are still growing and looking better all the time. I have some that are not in the album that will be at convention. I can bring rabbits that are not entered in convention if you have a place to keep them off-site.
19 Aug 2016 No Comments
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been selling off a few breeds here at Trickster Hares Farm as we prepare for some life transitions.
Selling off our Harlequin herd, pictures can be seen here. Japanese & Magpies on sale and discount off 3 or more.
Selling off Silver Fox from Grand Champion lines (pix below) and Lionheads, click the link for pictures.
Keeping but also paring down Beveren especially with the overabundance of litters, the best of 12 litters can be seen and for sale here. Also have senior blue & white & sport stock available. Great bloodlines – Trickster Hares and 3B’s and Calloway foundation.
Silver Fox siblings for sale. Great rabbits, wonderful type, underweight. Didn’t reach full size on the kind of food I feed here (Hunt & Behrens pellets, only). The parents were full sized, so its a case of the line not doing well with this brand of feed:
Can bring to Petaluma tomorrow. May be able to arrange transport to Dixon for a fee the following weekend.
Moving forward we plan to continue on a smaller scale with Beveren and Belgian Hare, and are continuing at least for the present with Blanc de Hotot, with the occasional astrex or Rumple.
09 May 2016 No Comments
Stock overflow! My car broke down on the way to the show last weekend! I’m $500 in the hole from unexpected car repairs, and couldn’t make it to the show to complete my sales. Plus out the show money!! I need to unload my extra stock in a hurry so I’m doing a sale. Bigger sale if you buy 5 or more – 20% off. Entire herd of each breed – talk to me for making a deal.
Come get Harlies, Hotot, Beveren. Also have a pair of Lionhead plus a baby. You need to pick up the rabbits from Occidental or Sebastopol within the next week, by May 17, 2016. This doesn’t apply to future show sales or animals transported that I have to drive more than 20 mins to meet transport.
Blanc de Hotot are from around the country, purebred lines, import stock from Ludivine in Canada from France, and Autumn in Washington from Germany.
Beveren are excellent lines including Calloway.
We had 25 litters this spring and no room to house growing juniors, nor even enough freezer space for all of them. We’re up to our eyeballs and are only selling off the best of the best – the rest goes you-know-where. So come get them!
We’re downsizing the number of breeds we are carrying so that we can really focus on our very favorites – Beveren and Belgian Hare. And, trying out the new Silver Fox. All of these are rare breeds and if I could, would continue with all of them but logistics of raising such a big herd have become an issue and we want to cut our permanent stock in half.
After Tuesday there are sales on multiple animals – 3 gets 10% off, and 5 gets 20% off, during this herd closeout sale, until all Harlequin and Blanc de Hotot are gone.
Hotot Stock Sale (not all rabbits are pictured, have more juniors & seniors) click here
Harlequin Stock Sale (not all rabbits pictured, have more juniors & seniors) click here
Hope to hear from you soon!
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21 Dec 2015 No Comments
Who doesn’t love a t-shirt? Especially one with a rabbit on it? This t-shirt is perfect for any rabbit lover, if you are still looking for gifts for the holidays. The t-shirt says “Beveren Rule” on the back – promoting awareness about one of the most rare breeds in the U.S.
You do not have to raise rabbits to love this t-shirt! They’ve been popular with the non-rabbit-community as well!
The sizes I have left on hand are as follows. If you don’t see your size I will be placing a new order so will take advance orders.
Blue: Ladies M, XL; Adult L, XL
Black: Ladies XL
White: Ladies M
Pricing: S-XL $20, XXL & up $25
Special orders: Request white, black, blue, Ladies or Adult and size. Junior’s fitted shirts come in V-neck white or gray or crew neck light blue.
Shipping in the U.S.: $6.50, +$2 for each additional shirt
To order: drop me a note with your order request and I’ll send you an invoice
by Trickster Hares in Beveren, For Sale, Merchandise, Uncategorized Tags: beveren, beveren t-shirt, black, Blue, heritage breed, rabbit lover, rabbit t-shirt, rabbits rule, rare breed, rare breed rabbit, white
06 Dec 2015 No Comments
Well we were pretty excited here when we won Best of Fur in Beveren at National Convention in Portland 2015. Francis won – I’m impressed for his fur’s length and density as well as softness. Its a gorgeous coat. My doe Big Bertha placed second in the class. Hers is an even more lazy rollback, nearly upright. I love working on the coats of the Beveren as the bodies are already pretty solid, having started with excellent foundation stock. Since we tan our furs here I am cultivating the best I can – I am a sucker for luxurious fur, on a pelt or living animal.
Here’s a photo of our wins from Convention. We won First, Second, and Fifth in the fur class, and many different places in many classes of Beveren including first and second:
Here’s me with Francis and the judge Bryce Poole, rabbit schmutz on my shirt and everything (check out that cool T-shirt!):
I was pretty thrilled as most of my Beveren were out of coat condition except the youngsters. I don’t know that an early October date next year will put me in a better position with their coats.
National Convention itself was a wonderful experience, meeting and spending time with so many Beveren, Belgian Hare, and Blanc de Hotot breeders. Club meetings, dinners, all of it. Great to get to know people I only knew online and by phone. I look forward to next year!
26 Nov 2015 No Comments
We’ve grown by one heritage breed! A true American heritage breed – developed right here in America. I didn’t really think about it until it was pointed out to me, most rabbit breeds were imported originally. The Silver Fox was developed here, a hundred years ago. Its also on the endangered list by the Livestock Conservancy.
It was bred to provide an inexpensive knockoff of Silver Fox fur (the fox). I am opposed to the fur trade – when it involves raising animals for slaughter just for their fur – like minks or foxes, intelligent wild species. On the other hand, rabbit is dual purpose fur and meat and I’d very much like to see a comeback in the rabbit fur trade in America. The fur breeds have really suffered and are on the verge of extinction due to the shifting politics around fur – and yet these breeds took many decades to develop. It is possible someday we may need them again. Perhaps when the glorification of petroleum based synthetic clothing and faux fur blows over. Now, mind you, I have nothing against faux fur but come on. People are wearing synthetic cloth and there is no comparison to natural fibers in texture, quality, breathability and warmth.
Beveren is another fur breed I focus on improving the unique qualities of the fur, and now the Silver Fox. Not at the expense of other qualities, but I do select for fur. I tan my pelts. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all these pelts but I now have an industrial sewing machine in my art studio, so that is a step in the right direction.
So, I’d been leaning towards the Champagnes for quite some time, they are just gorgeous, I love their changing fur color. However, every breeder I spoke to said not heat tolerant above the 90’s. Well its been 106 this summer in our coastal town. Hotter and hotter every year its never been this hot. If this is the way of the world, I’m going to need to invest in rabbits with good heat tolerance. (And my other breeds do fit that bill, have not lost one to heat yet). I’ll have to leave the Champagnes for those in cooler climes.
So that is how I ended up bringing home my one Silver Fox from National Convention, who is expecting, and is very gentle and inquisitive. She enjoys being rubbed and greets me in the front of the cage – more interested in rubs than food, like many of my Beveren. I am delighted to have brought home another gentle breed with personality. I don’t like a dull rabbit, and I don’t like them hard to handle. So far the Silver Fox is gentle, curious, interactive, and has dual purpose of meat and fur, so they’re pretty much on par with Beveren, although I think the weight gain on a Beveren is much faster. We’ll see. I’ll report back later after some litters!