28 Jun 2018 No Comments
rare breed rabbit
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!
by Trickster Hares in Beveren, Blanc d'Hotots, For Sale, Harlequin, Lionhead Tags: backyard rabbit meat, beveren, blanc d'hotot, blanc de hotot, blue eyed white, california, for sale, french hotot, harlequin, heritage, heritage breed, hotot, lionhead, livestock conservancy, meat rabbit, rare breed rabbit, rare rabbit, sonoma county
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
30 Jun 2015 2 Comments
We’re raffling a breeding pair of heritage blue eyed white Beveren pre-juniors to help support Trickster Hares Farm during a tough time. One of us was thrown from a horse and faces two months of recovery from pelvic fractures and hasn’t been able to work. Your raffle contribution goes towards animal food (over a ton of rabbit food a month!) and help on the farm. We really appreciate this support during a difficult time, and in return are delighted to share our quality Beverens with you! Normally each rabbit costs $65 & up. That’s $130 for a pair, that you can win for so much less.
Each dollar donated generates one ticket for you for the raffle! Winner will be selected by random drawing on July 15th at 7:30pm, and a video will be posted showing the drawing. No limit to the number of raffle tickets you want to purchase!
Our Beveren often win Best of Breed and Best of Variety at big shows in California, even shows of 44 animals, and at West Coast Classic. We’ve been building our own purebred pedigreed and Grand Championed lineage here at Trickster Hares farm, and our stock lineage includes Calloway & Brown (3B’s). Both these rabbits are very promising future show stock. The doe in particular has been picked as the best of the litter. The buck is one of the top two bucks of his litter. Both have equally been selected for calm temperament and easy handling.
Beverens are one of our favorite breeds, known for plenty of personality, mellow disposition, bright minds, and goofy demeanor, they won our hearts… and are rock-solid providers of consistent food for our dinner tables. Beverens are excellent mothers and produce big litters (usually 8, sometimes 10). A fur breed, their luxurious fur can be tanned for a variety of uses.
Beveren are on the “Watch” list of the Livestock Conservancy. We are working hard to bring this beautiful friendly breed back into the limelight for small sustainable family farms and backyard meat production, as well as the show table. There is a thriving group of Beveren enthusiasts in California and along the West Coast. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a pair of Beveren at a fraction of the cost!
The young doe (3 months) is 3 lb 7 oz on 6/29 Dam is Trickster Hares Softee, who won Best of Fur in a big show last year, plus has 2 legs. Sire is Trickster Hares MacIntosh who has 2 legs. Born 3/30/15.
The young buck (3 months) is 4 lbs on 6/29, Dam is Trickster Hares Angel, sister to 4 Grand Champions, and lives up to her name; his Sire is Constellation’s Arend. Born 3/27/15.
The Fine Print
If your name is drawn you win both Beverens. If for some reason you only want one, we will draw a second name for the other. You have to arrange transport for your rabbits or come get them. We live in Sonoma County and would be willing to meet as far as Sebastopol, Santa Rosa or Petaluma. Rabbits are expected to be picked up within 2 weeks. After that, they will incur $15/month care charge. I will hold the rabbits for convention with a care fee of $35 – $40 depending if I bring them or send with transport (I hope to be going myself, or it will be a good time to arrange transport to anywhere in the country).
by Trickster Hares in Beveren, For Sale, Meat Rabbits Tags: beveren, breeding pair, heirloom, heritage, heritage breed, livestock conservancy, mandolin, meat rabbit, raffle, rare breed rabbit, semi-arch
03 May 2015 10 Comments
Sharing this conversation from an inquiry on these two breeds.
Belgian Hares can make wonderful pets – if you have ones with gentle dispositions. I too have heard about lines here in the US with cranky dispositions including biting. I’d be very selective where your hares comes from. My hares are not like that. They are sweet cuddle bugs. (yes, cuddle bugs- and people say hares aren’t cuddly!) I have a hare that lives full time indoors they are wonderful house pets!!
They are smart, easy to litter box train (usually), and just incredibly fun to watch and interact with. I can’t help you with show stock as I have off-colors from UK imports. I am helping a COD on getting one of the colors recognized, the black & tan, I also have black.
My stock comes from someone who did an import from the UK and only bred nice rabbits. If you are looking for show stock in the rufus color, I can try to point you in the right direction depending where you live.
Here’s one of my sweeties: (that’s my partner washing dishes and talking to Finn in the background, not knowing I was filming!! lol)
The Harlequin are wonderful. They have a sunny, interactive disposition, and are very athletic rabbits. I had one indoors for awhile when I was taming her, she’d just leap up into my lap for petting while I was at my computer. Overall they are very sweet. I do find them to be too clever for their own good (they’re really hard for me to control if I put them out into my pasture – always finding ways to escape while everyone else is happy to be in the pasture!)
The million dollar question, why are they rare. I surmise the Belgians are rare as they were popular late 1800’s and early 1900’s as a meat rabbit, and were much heftier, and they were replaced with the “newer” meat breeds like the Beveren and American (both on the endangered list), which were a more compact easier to keep meat breed. The Belgians are not for most folks. They are racy, lanky, and need room to move. I recommend 8 ft hutches with wood bottom floors. They cannot be on wire due to the structure of their feet. Now you see why they are rare? They need space, exercise even outside an 8 ft pen, to really run and stretch their long legs.
Harlequins I am going to guess are rare because they are a marked breed, and the markings are pretty random each litter you don’t know what you are going to get. Its hard to get a perfectly marked animal. Some people (and judges) have focused on markings too much and the type of this compact meat breed has suffered. Sometimes breeders focus too much on points and not enough on the practical side of what this breed of rabbit is used for and forget type is its actual function. And on that note, larger “meat breeds” seem to have fallen out of favor compared to fancy small breeds on the show table. They are a more popular breed on the East Coast but are much more uncommon on the West Coast for some reason. Perhaps because those interested in heritage endangered breeds have picked up the larger breeds such as the Beveren, American, or American Chinchilla.
I hope this helps answer some questions out there!
30 Jul 2014 No Comments
I have some beautiful blue eyed white baby Beverens. They are not up for sale just yet as they are too small. They will be ready at about 4 months old in time for convention. Their dam is BrownxCalloway and the sire is Calloway. Big rabbits in this line. And, 3 Grand Champions from this dam-sire pairing and a Best of Fur. So who knows what’s in there?? They sure are darling though!! Even mom has to elbow in on the attention.
30 Jun 2014 No Comments
Have a few babies I think will be nice ones, from my German-American lines, for sale. Here’s a sneak preview, they’re a little young yet for posing but will in another couple weeks. One is already spoken for.
Interesting that last picture makes it look like the cage is on the ground – its not – its a few feet above it!
10 Feb 2014 No Comments
The correct shade of blue for Beveren is the one in the middle! This was a big discussion at the Stockton fair last weekend. The one on the left, too dark and is American Blue, the one on the right is lilac like the Lilac breed. Since “light lavender blue” has been interpreted differently by each breeders personal preferences, we felt it’d be good to have a consensus on this color. Here it is. The one in the middle.
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.