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We are going to participate in our first show later this month. Can anyone tell me if there is a special cage that I need to bring my rabbits in? I see photos of rabbits on these cage/tables that appear were brought by the owners. Or can I just bring them in a carrier?
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People have used cat carriers... but the floors of those are smooth and the rabbit can slip and side during travel. Plus the rabbit would be sitting in their waste making them dirty.
The wire carriers with a solid metal, or plastic, drop pan keep the rabbit contained, clean and fairly easy to get in and out.
Best of luck showing and be sure to have fun.
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I posted this a while ago on my FB page, but I am happy to share this:
First you map your show location and plan on getting there 1/2 hour before the registration desk closes.
The night before, go over your rabbits, pack them, food, grooming supplies, camp chair, travel dishes, lunch for yourself etc, for quick loading in the AM.
Print out your showing sheet and write out your choices of rabbits. (tattoos - in left ear... if your rabbit doesn't have a tattoo, pick a letter & number and get it tattooed there... someone always has a pen, some charge)
Saturday's show meant I needed to be in Lansing for 7am.
That meant getting up at 4am, packing the car with rabbits, grooming supplies and being on the road for 5am.
Drive to the show and rush in and get your rabbits registered.
Registering your rabbits means getting a little card and filling one out for each of your rabbits, for each show. Then submitting and paying for each rabbit that will show.
Bring your rabbits in and make a small space for yourself. Pull out each of your bunnies and brush them, double check your rabbit's ear tattoo and sex, trim the nails; Then you sit around and wait for your rabbit breed to be called.
When it is, you wheel your travel cages to the judge's table and they go alphabetically by colour, senior buck, then senior doe; then junior buck and junior doe... until all the colours are done. Then the best of each colour are rated against each other.
The judging can be 10-15 minutes for small groups or hours for larger groups. The judging is done with anxious owners, hanging around the table listening over the noise in a large hall to the judge talk about your rabbit. You use what is said about all the rabbits to understand better how to pick show winners and select breeders in you own barn.
Between showing events you Visit with other rabbit people, shop at the rabbit suppliers, put tickets in for draws and wander around and look at the beautiful rabbits.
RE: carriers... what ever you have will be fine...Sablesteel has done a good job of answering that for you... if you want to upgrade, bring $$ there are likely venders to purchase from.
REMEMBER TO BRING CHAIRS!!!!
This is the show "Table":
This is a photo of one of the shows I was at in Michigan:
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Once the line of judging holes is filled, the judge turns around and starts taking buns out and judging them. Once they've been judged, they're put back in the holes and afterwards, all the folks go up and get their rabbits.
Since we have angoras, we take samples of yarn and knitted things from angora as well as business cards and pamphlets in case someone wants to contact us later.
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