I have to say I love watching these guys change. It is kind of amazing. For example, some of you remember Ellie as a baby? I loved her then, thought she had amazing density... but looking at her now? Even I'm Wowed. Look at the 2nd and 3rd pictures I posted (Stormy's Chestnut vs Jinger's Chestnut). That is the difference of about 3 1/2 weeks. They are both Chestnuts, but they change SO much when they are growing. And it isn't just their wool either, their bodies are all different, some have really nice Hindquarters, (HQ) some have better rises, others are more compact, some have wider heads and so on. But they keep changing. I have to admit, I try have my eyes on the nice ones from birth. There are just some that seem head and shoulder's above the rest when it comes to evaluations. There are also the late bloomers. However, slow and careful evaluations is the only way to decide which ones belong in the program here on the farm, and which ones will do better in someone else's program. There are certain things that I'm looking for in my keepers, whereas some of the ones I let go of, although still beautiful, will improve someone else's program better than mine. Different bunnies have different strengths and weaknesses... and carefully evaluating each of these and weighing them against your standard (which should be correctly backed by the ARBA standard of perfection) will be most profitable for you in the long run.
In the meantime, Thanks for stopping by! Have a Blessed Week! ~Anna