Now my rabbitry has a name even if no one will be able to pronounce it. I always find that amusing considering the Japanese language has very easy pronunciation but no one can even say either of my dogs’ names. Haruko and Azami should not be that difficult. They are only 3 syllables but english speakers can’t seem to say ah instead of uh for A sounds.
Anyway back to rabbits…..
I have my little herd started up with 3 mini rex does and 2 mini rex bucks. The very first rabbit was a broken castor doe, Amako, that my husband bought me and while she may not be show quality I think she’s the cutest thing I’ve ever had (maybe next to baby guinea pigs). After some debate about breeding mixes I decided to just get more mini rex.
I got a really nice breeding pair of chocolates from Liz Mortland at Wonderland Rabbitry. Twix is due for our first litter Sept 9th. It should be mostly chocolates but there is a chance for Himi or REW. I’m hoping they are carrying himi. Even if they don’t make good himalayans I find the color interesting. I really dislike rew for a variety of reasons I won’t go in to.
I also got a pair of pedigreed siblings from a woman in central Iowa. A broken castor buck, Aki, and a broken blue doe, Yukiko. They aren’t nearly as nice as the chocolates. I haven’t looked the doe over in complete detail but I practiced setting up rabbits for show on the buck. He’s a little long in the shoulder and they both have rather long ears at exactly 3 1/2″. Once he gets a little older I’m crossing him with Amako. For now I think I’m going to breed her to the chocolate buck, Mocha. It just seems an experienced buck would have better luck at getting a doe pregnant for the first time and I’d like to see what the result is.
That’s the start of my rabbitry. Future plans involve conversion of a chicken coop or 2 and some chinchilla rabbits whenever I manage to find a breeder I can reach.