Q & A – answering YOUR questions!

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Ever feel like you’re soo behind it takes months to catch up?

Yeah? Me too.

Last year was SUPER busy, and all those little to-do’s that should get done fell by the wayside.

I’ve spent the last 2-3 months getting caught up on those. So that’s why blog posts have been sporadic. But, the plan now is to write one once a month.

Onto today’s topic!

Q & A: answering YOUR questions

Let’s dive in…

#1 – how many kits do you keep from a litter?

This depends on so many things! The main one is type. Sometimes there’s only 1 keeper in a litter of 4-5 babies or there’s 3.
Another influence is gender. Do I REALLY need another buck?
Cage space?
Color?
Will I be replacing sire or dam?
Will keeping this baby further my goals?

Many things influence such a decision, but I think I generally keep 1-2 babies from each litter.

Q & A: answering YOUR questions

#2 – When do you know they are not keepers?

Some things are obvious at 4 weeks, such as pinched hips, tight crowns, flighty personalities, etc. I know my lines pretty well, so know how a baby will most likely grow out if they look/feel a certain way at a young age.

Assuming I see the potential at 4-5 weeks, I retain and grow them out, reevaluating at 3 months and again at 6 months if I still have them.

If you do not know your lines yet, I do not recommend doing selections at 4-5 weeks. Grow out as many as you can to get a good feel for your lines and rabbits.

#3 – at what age do I re-home breeders?

Hmm, depends on the rabbit. Some does I re-home at around 2yrs of age because I have several daughters and I know the doe can help another herd out.

For bucks, I often re-home at around a year of age – again, because I have sons. Or, if I really like them, they stay indefinitely.

Some young rabbits are re-homed at a few months old before I’ve bred them for several reasons. (have enough of that bloodline, liked a sibling better, etc)

#4 – do you do your own vet care?

I guess the answer to this would be yes, barring surgery and things in that category.

I am planning on a blog post coming out later this spring that will talk about this more in-depth.

#5 – what traits do you select for?

My #1 trait is personality! I do not want to be re-homing or selling aggressive or nasty rabbits; no matter how good their type.

The only rabbits that get a pass are moms. First-time moms can be quite protective of their babies.

The last couple of years I have really focused on crowns, heads, and ears. Moving forward I want to work on mass, bone, and depth.

#6 – what made you chose Holland Lops?

They’re SO CUTE!

I’ve tried many breeds, including Polish, Netherland Dwarf, Dwarf Hotots, and New Zealand’s. Holland Lops were always there. They stuck.

Their personalities and adorable faces had me hooked from the beginning. Holland Lops are an inquisitive, smart, outgoing breed. The challenge of the breed also drew me…leading us into the next question.

Q & A: answering YOUR questions

#7 – why did you chose tris?

I fiddled with several colours before I ended up with a tri-color buck.

And that was that.

I was HOOKED!

The challenge with tris, especially 6 years ago or so, is that literally, no one had them. Improving the type took years. And I loved it. The improvement from generation to generation kept me going. And, aren’t tris just gorgeous?

That picture above is of my first ever Harlequin buck, Cedar Point Little Guy!

#9 – how long have you been raising rabbits?

Since 2008. I received my first rabbits in 2006, I believe. So going on 14 years owning rabbits, 12 years raising them, 11 years raising Holland Lops, and 7 years breeding tri & harlequin Holland Lops.

#10 – where do you raise your rabbits?

In a cozy, little, insulated shed with a tiny, red lamp by the door. So yes, they are used to cooler temperatures.

I use their manure to mulch our orchard and herb gardens – it’s the most wonderful stuff.


I hope you enjoyed this Q & A: Answering your questions 🙂

Do you have more questions? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great day,

Megan


Q & A – answering YOUR questions!

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