First I want to touch on a quick Dutch rabbit note, for those of you who have been wondering about them. (angora followers are welcome to skip if you want lol.. ) I haven't been as active with my Dutch rabbits lately as I have with my Angora's. I still really like Dutch rabbits, love their quality, and enjoy breeding and working with them and improving them as a whole. However, Angora's need and take more of my time and attention with grooming, keeping them cool, and maintaining them. It is hard for me to do 2 breeds full time, right now I've really let my Dutch take a back burner. I still have Hornblower, Elise, Cupcake, Cupcake's baby Caroline, and two Chocolate Doe's. I typically hope to have a spring and fall litter with each of them, except Caroline. So I've not gotten out of them, (That might never happen, I love all of them) but they aren't my main focus at this point. I feel I already have good, show competitive stock, and I would never say they couldn't use improvements, but the time and money it would take to continue bigger improvements and continual investments in quality stock full time is a bit much for me to handle with both my Angora's and Dutch. My Dutch are more of a pet breed to me anyways, they are pets, I like them, but most new owners of my Dutch offspring are pet only homes and don't want to pay the price that I would require for a show competitive bunny. So yes I still have them, still enjoy them, and am happy to give any advice and recommendations towards that breed that I can, and encourage young breeders that are focusing on that breed specifically to improve and if I can, help with those improvements. But I don't have the energy to do both breeds full time. I believe in improving a breed when I work with it, not just breeding to have babies or sell babies. I care about what I do, and do my best to make sure I improve what I'm working on to the best of my ability. My English Angora's need more of my focus right now, and for the immediate future, I have decided that I need to work on improving them more. So, don't take this as "oh she's getting out of Dutch rabbits", no, I'm not fully. I just am putting them on a back burner for now, and giving my priority to my Angora's for the time being.
Now on to the news, and pictures... lol.. Thanks for sticking with me here!
All of Jinger's babies are still here, I've changed my mind so many times on who I'm keeping, they are all so nice. I feel like this is my first generation litter that I really can keep and build on, so I intend to do just that. Stormy, Wynn, and Felix are all permanent keepers for now, I've decided I don't have space for all of everyone, Although if I could I would hang onto Bev and Mona for awhile. I really like the look of Mona. She is a really nice doe, If I still have her in a month, I'll take her with me to the Sedaila ARBA show, just to get opinions on her along with others. Buttercup has a home, although I still have her here at the farm for now. :-)
So there is a bit of an update for ya. More to come next week!
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