My friend Barb....probably bored at work today, emailed me looking for a blog entry and was wondering what the heck was I doing??
Well the last few days in between working, have been busy. It's that time of year when all of the rabbits need shearing......and when you have 17 of them, well......need I say any more?
Past winters, I have always shorn the rabbits in the freezing cold barn, but now that we have an island in the kitchen, I have taken to bringing those chilly buns in the house for their new "do". Little did my DH know that I had lots of non-cooking plans for that island...hehe.
Yesterday it was Nordic Billy the Kit. Billy is a junior bunny from one of my summer litters. His color is called Wild Gray. This guy is one of the sweetest babies that I have had yet and his coat is fantastic!!
His mother comes down from that German Import line that produces lovely coats. I bred his mother to my red buck here and again.........those import genes came thru. He produced 9oz of fiber which is great for a junior. A little more matting, than the pure German that I showed you last week, but still.......a great cutting for a junior.
One of the things that I feel strongly about as a breeder, whether it be rabbits or dogs, is temperament. If they are not easy to live with, you are not going to enjoy their company. I will not breed animals that show any tendency towards nasty temperaments. It is not fair to the people I will place their babies with. Who wants to live with piranhas..?? Not me......I have one in the barn who bites me on a regular basis.......not fun! Needless to say, she will not be bred.
As you can see, Billy is quite relaxed here in a "new to him" environment. Just stretchin out and having a good time.
When Dandy came to me, I was completely inexperienced with rabbits. At her first shearing, I kept wondering......."where the heck is her tail?" ....."Don't bunnies have tails?" Of course, now that I have had many rabbits since then, I know that they have tails..LOL.
From experience in shearing wiggly babies, I can now see how easy it would be to lop one off as they are wiggling about.......but I can't find any evidence that Dandy ever had a tail??? How strange is that? Dandy was very happy to put her jacket on before heading back to the chilly barn.
I just wanted to thank Patti for the lovely markers that she made for me. Don't they look great against the pretty card that she also sent?
I just found out that Patti is soon to become a new angora rabbit owner. I will look for bunny pics soon!
Thanks so much for such lovely markers!