Friday, May 29, 2009
This rather unflattering photo of a mid stretch is of Bianca my new brood doe. She is a sport, which means she's Harlequin colored as opposed to marked... in essence she is a solid colored Rhinelander as opposed to a broken Rhinelander, a marked Rhinelander. She is feisty and very preggers!
There is something fuzzy at my house too.. this is one of the bunnies staying with me until moving down to Southern, VA next week.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
They were carefully unloaded from the belly of the plane, placed on the luggage buggy and wheeled right to me at baggage claim. Every bunny was wide eyed and worried but they looked okay. They took a ride to my house and were setup in my living room to decompress and relax. They are all eating, drinking and doing normal things. This was a very long trip for the bunnies so I'm glad no one is worse for the wear.
My trio of Rhinelanders are even prettier in person than in their photos. I went with a cute 8 week old doe with breaks in her spine marking but flawless type and beautiful markings otherwise. My second pick was a more orange junior buck who is showable and a sport doe who was bred to the handsome and famous Crossfire. All three are doing well, they ate their hay, played with their toys, drank some water and settled in.
There were 7 other bunnies who came along who have a "layover" of sorts at my house until they make their way to Southern Virginia and North Carolina. There are three fuzzy lops and 4 woolies. They are all cute and so tiny compared to my Rhinelanders!
Shipping has been an experience, I think I would do it again sometime. Its important to be well organized and communicate well with those who will be sending the bunnies along. I must say thank you again to Lisa and Lorena for getting the bunnies to us safe and sound, I couldn't be more thrilled with my three and I'm sure the other recipients will love their bunnies too!
I'll get some photos tomorrow once they've had more time to adjust. :)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tomorrow the bunnies will depart from Sacramento, California bright and early and arrive late in the evening in Washington, DC. They will then have to take an hour and a half car ride to my house in the country. Originally I planned to unload them in DC at my mom's house but that just isn't going to be feasible. My bunny barn has not arrived at my property yet so the 12 bunnies will be moving into my living room! Luckily I have a nice tarp to put down to protect my floors and brand new stackers for the bunnies to live in. 9 of the bunnies on the shipment will be going to other bunny friends in Virginia and North Carolina, they will only be staying a short while at my house until they make their way to their new homes down South.
I have to thank Lisa of Wooligans for being willing to ship all these wonderful bunnies and I have to thank Lorena for putting together a phenomenal trio of Rhinelanders and for being willing to ship these great bunnies too!
I'll keep everyone posted on the shipping adventure, fingers crossed all will go smoothly! :)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Murphy is certainly the POL at the moment, despite his shorter front limb he has a really nice arch that feels so smooth. Running your hands on his HQ is so nice, nothing seems to stick up or out. I'd like to see more length to his body also, it'll be nice to watch him continue to develop.
Jasper has a nice arch coming in and nice long limbs. He hates to pose so it is very hard to get a good photograph of him. So far his arch and front limb are his best traits, I'd like to see stronger ankles and a better pose but I'm very happy with him so far!
Gem has been a little dissapointing.. She is friendly and gentle but her type is not something I'm really happy with. She has a very weak arch, that starts way too late and is sloped and choppy. She also is quite short in limb, she does have a nice ticking and fine bone. I'll have to wait and see how she changes over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Belgian Hares like any breed of rabbit have stages of development. Up until 6 weeks they tend to look like any other "up eared" breed of rabbit but then they all of a sudden will pop. Their ears get longer, their legs lengthen, their tails seem to grow overnight and they begin to perk up and pose like an adult hare.
I find that my line tends to develop slowly. Some folks have hare babies which literally look like minature adults from 6 weeks on. My herd is the opposite, they go through growth spurts where different body parts seems to grow faster than others. Their front legs may be super tall and long while their hindquarters are chopped as they grow at a slower rate. I don't usually seriously evaluate my hares until they hit 12 weeks, at this age I tend to have a better idea of which bunny has what it takes for the show table.
My current litter is nearly 9 weeks old, and I do have a very good idea of a few things at this age. You can call for nail DQs at this age, stray white hairs which will cause problems as the hare ages are apparent already and their adult ticking is coming in which will help determine who has nice ticking and who doesn't. I don't evaluate color at this age since they're molting into a more adult coat but I do evaluate bone, fine bone is what I'm looking for.
This past litter combined the solid arch and hindquarters of Putz which I had thought would compliment Trixie's nice color, great ticking and super fine bone while hopefully eliminating some of her faults including her weak hindquarters.
I started posing my babies at about 6 weeks and just started to seriously work with them to get them more familiar with posing and being handled for the show table. Not all of them are fans or stars at it yet but in time I hope they continue to mature well. Here are my evaluations so far, feel free to comment!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The old blog (Suburban Bunnies) will be archived and a link will be posted to it very soon. The suburbanbunnies.com website will go off line at the end of May and ImaginationAcres.com will be the permanent new home to our online domain.
In honor of the excitement of fast approaching move in to the farm I'd like to share a surprise with you all.
Imagination Acres will be welcoming Nigerian Dwarf Goats to our farm! In June we will be adding a cute pair of wethers from Country Bumpkins Farm in WV. I couldn't be more excited!
This cute little fellow's name is Fiddle
And this little one is Banjo.
Banjo and Fiddle are blue eyed heavy white buckskins. They have been disbudded and wethered and will be much loved pets here at Imagination Acres. I can't wait to welcome them home!