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Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Ferra » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:17 pm


So I caved... I'm almost a full year into my rabbit keeping, and I've finally arranged to buy some new rabbits. I'm adding a pair of pedigreed Standard Rex to my barn. I was wondering if anyone would have any commentary on the new stock - I'm not super familiar with the Rex standard, so I'm not sure these two are fantastic, per se, but they appear nicely balanced to me, and are look stronger in the shoulders than my NZ buck.

Here are the ad photos for the two rabbits I plan to purchase. I'll be off to pick them up on Saturday, if all goes well.

This is the doe: She's a yearling, give or take, who just had her first litter, and raised 9. The recent litter has her out of condition, so her coat leaves something to be desired right now. But I suspect she'll get back to normal nicely. Her kits were the sale ad as well and looked good, I thought.

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I have also agreed to purchase a young broken blue buck who is not from this litter, and so not pictured.

I'm not an expert, but they look really nice to me. The only downside is that once with these guys are in my "barn" all my adult cages are full. (they'll live in my quarantine stacker elsewhere first thought). I will have to cull down again once I've tested the new stock out against the old. I'm just loathe to cull first, just in case these two don't work out quite as planned. Not counting my cadbury creme eggs before they hatch and all that.

For those who don't want to click over, here's my favorite of her recent kits.

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[EDIT: Why am I posting this? Because, relevant XKCD, people need to know: there are buns.]

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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Ramjet » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:45 pm


I wouldn't buy them ... the fur looks nothing like a Rex to me , pee stains all over the one on the bottom make me question the living conditions.

The bottom one also looks to have pinched hips the way his feet are splayed.


I'd really look elsewhere .... sorry if I sound harsh.

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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Ferra » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:15 am


Don't worry about sounding harsh -. Most certainly better to hear it now than later! I do still have the ability to back out as needed. Though I will probably still go look at the animals in question in person before doing so.

The second photo is not of a rabbit I plan to buy, but one of the does' kits... Still I see your points... Hrm
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Prisma » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:32 pm


As Ramjet said, I wouldn't buy them. Not even looking at their type but their condition. There's some thing off about the size of the yearling doe, mine are HUGE compared to that one...they are slightly bigger than SOP allows but the body structure and head structure isn't there let alone actual type/fur needed. They might be OK for some one's pet/meat project, maybe a very bad picture day (living conditions?)...but I can get better.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Ramjet » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:53 pm


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My Rex don't look like that even when in full molt blowout.

They look like some 2nd / 3rd gen crosses I experimented with - horrible texture on the fur. They can call them "pedigree rex" all they want but that wouldn't pass muster with me.

Start with quality stock or you'll regret it later.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Silver Willow » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:47 pm


I'm certainly not an expert. But from my research when I was getting into Mini Rex, I agree their coat quality looks very poor. Not something I would want to start out with, even if their living conditions were fine!
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby Ferra » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:48 pm


As I respect the opinions here, I did back out of the arrangement.

But as a brief venting moment: I'm a little annoyed at how I seem to be in a commercial-type dead zone. Your can't throw a stick without hitting a Holland Lop, lionhead, or a mini Rex, but I can't find a commercial bodied breed to save my life. The local rabbit show was the same. I found one commercial breeder raising Florida White, and not much else. Augh!
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Ramjet » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:37 pm


If you can arrange shipping .... I'll send you a trio.

Only have black , chocolate and blue currently.

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Ferra wrote:As I respect the opinions here, I did back out of the arrangement.

But as a brief venting moment: I'm a little annoyed at how I seem to be in a commercial-type dead zone. Your can't throw a stick without hitting a Holland Lop, lionhead, or a mini Rex, but I can't find a commercial bodied breed to save my life. The local rabbit show was the same. I found one commercial breeder raising Florida White, and not much else. Augh!



Ramjet wrote:If you can arrange shipping .... I'll send you a trio.

Only have black , chocolate and blue currently.




Just making sure you saw this .... even if it is a longshot , the offer stands.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#9  Unread postby Ferra » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:54 pm


Ramjet wrote:
Ramjet wrote:If you can arrange shipping .... I'll send you a trio.
Only have black , chocolate and blue currently.


Just making sure you saw this .... even if it is a longshot , the offer stands.


I saw it... but I can't say if I can capitalize on it yet. SixGun and I have been scheming about Angoras since January. If that ever becomes a reality, I'm tempted to see if there is transport from Texas to Arizona and move a bunch of stock up here... Import all the Rabbits!!
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#10  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:30 am


Ferra
I was going to second all those opinions on those rabbits!!
We have a great bunch of Rex breeders in the Michigan area and I live just across the boarder in Canada. (I hang with the Rex people at shows, but I show Magpie Harlequin)

The ARBA nationals are in Indianapolis this year so getting quality show rex stock is very possible. Ask around those other breeders for someone who is going to nationals (there is always someone going) Find out what they would charge to transport rabbits back for you! All the rabbits need to be cooped at Nationals, so I imagine you will need to pay for the rabbit, cooping and transport. But getting quality is very important in REX.... I can invite you to a few Rex groups on FB if you want to make some connections?? PM me :D

I love rex, but my friend raises them and I wanted something very different for my own rabbits.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Lowstorm » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:45 am


I'm just adding that pee stains on a white bunny aren't necessarily from bad care. My REW looks like that, constantly. Its because she's on a solid floor, and loves to dig in the litter. The litter is brown colored, and she's a stinker! I totally agree with the others on what they say though, since I'm not into Rex. If you ever want to sneak over some champagnes over the boarder, I'm only an hour away from it in MN.

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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#12  Unread postby Prisma » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:04 pm


Lowstorm, I wasn't even looking at pee stains ;). Stains happen, but the one has quit a bit of poo stuck to their feet in the picture and the overall patchy fur is a concern. I know from molts, some look like you started shaving one end and stopped half thru but this doesn't appear that way. There's a thin look to them, could be structural genetic issue over care...either way not suitable for show broods. I just wanted to explain a bit more so maybe better understood as I'm not saying they are being cared for poorly exactly.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#13  Unread postby Ramjet » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:38 pm


Ferra wrote:
Ramjet wrote:
Ramjet wrote:If you can arrange shipping .... I'll send you a trio.
Only have black , chocolate and blue currently.


Just making sure you saw this .... even if it is a longshot , the offer stands.


I saw it... but I can't say if I can capitalize on it yet. SixGun and I have been scheming about Angoras since January. If that ever becomes a reality, I'm tempted to see if there is transport from Texas to Arizona and move a bunch of stock up here... Import all the Rabbits!!



Just let me know if you can arrange it ....


The lilac pictured above is descended from MommaSheepDog's Evil Blue as are most of my breeders .... California is a long way from Texas.
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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#14  Unread postby Psybird » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:36 pm


Ferra wrote:As I respect the opinions here, I did back out of the arrangement.

But as a brief venting moment: I'm a little annoyed at how I seem to be in a commercial-type dead zone. Your can't throw a stick without hitting a Holland Lop, lionhead, or a mini Rex, but I can't find a commercial bodied breed to save my life. The local rabbit show was the same. I found one commercial breeder raising Florida White, and not much else. Augh!



mmmm i know this pain. its the same where i live, nothing but lionheads and lops :wr_crying:

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Re: Aquisition: Rex

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Nymphadora » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:21 pm


Psybird wrote:mmmm i know this pain. its the same where i live, nothing but lionheads and lops :wr_crying:


Not quite true... there's some good Rex around if you look hard enough, from what I've found. MamaSheepdog raises Rex, after all. ;)

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