09 Dec 2013 2 Comments
This is a fabulous post on Rise and Shine Rabbitry about great herbs to use with rabbits:
01 Sep 2013 No Comments
Hotots are an arched breed, but unfortunately were classified as commercial type in the U.S. so are posed on the show table into the commercial rabbit loaf-pose. The truth is this gorgeous breed is both a meaty commercial build rabbit, and an arched breed, and while chunky compared to other arched breeds, I feel shows off the very fine lines of the rabbit in this more natural position. I am in favor of introducing this second, classic pose (the pose used in Europe, where the breed originates). Even chunky bunnies can strut their stuff juuuust fine.
17 Aug 2013 No Comments
Baby Blanc d’Hotot Braveheart – our house bunny! He’s the most snuggly rabbit I’ve ever met. We’ll see if he keeps that trait into his adulthood, but right now he’s just my darling. Has two siblings, Sultan x Shaherazod.
17 Aug 2013 2 Comments
The guy who started it all… my first (and still, only) Belgian Hare. He’s a wonderful creature, smart, agile, funny. I love this little guy. We used to let him roam our whole 2-acre property, he considered it his job to run up to greet visitors. After he caught a respiratory illness from the wild rabbits,we had to revoke his priviledges… now he mostly keeps to his 8′ x 4′ run with only occasional supervised release time. I am still waiting for a genetically unrelated Black & Tan Belgian doe.
13 Aug 2013 No Comments
Here’s another look at the Harlequin colony cage. Pip and her litter are on one half of the 10 ft cage. As the litter grows I will section the boys off, keeping them together in a family unit, while also introducing the young Hotot doe to see if they’ll get along. She’s currently on the other half of the cage but quarantined in a smaller section. There is a door in the middle, see previous post.
13 Aug 2013 No Comments
Pip shows off her new cage. Its 10 feet long, with a divider in the middle. The divider has a door in it, the spring latch is visible just above her forehead. This way I can introduce another young female on the other side (an Hotot, Bowie, is over there) and see if the two of them will get a long, before opening the door. Does typically scuffle for dominance for a couple days, and once they sort it out are best of friends. There are always exceptions however, for instance, Bijoux does not like other rabbits in her cage and will get grumpy towards her own offspring. I find its best to grow the colony herd with their own offspring – there is a family bond that remains with most.
This custom designed cage also has two subdividers latched to the ceiling, in case in needs to be converted to compartments. Its 30″ high to provide ample stretch space – bunnies love to stand on their hind legs and look around. I provide playboxes for the bunnies to jump on, this exercises their muscles and keeps them busy.
12 Aug 2013 1 Comment
Our protective matriarch Bijoux watches me closely as I investigate her litter of kits. The original white rabbit with blue eyes, this breed originates in Europe.
06 Aug 2013 No Comments
First litter of Blanc d’Hotots – the most rare and endangered breed of rabbit in the U.S. Trickster Hares is the only breeder known of in California. These are really sweet and adorable animals! Braveheart has me wrapped around his little paw already!