Register

Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Site News, Announcements, Posting Guidelines and Introductions.
Posts: 24
Joined: May 1, 2018
Location: Near Kansas City, USA
Female
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 0 in 0 post
BunnyBucks: 155.00

Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Meo » Thu May 03, 2018 10:38 am


Hello, everyone! My name is Megan. I'm nineteen years old and live near Kansas City, Kansas in the USA. I have had two rabbits, Annie and Echo, since I was eight or nine. They have been a wonderful part of my life and always brought me joy. :) I have always been interested in animal husbandry, but never had I actually considered rabbits as a real option until I attended the 2018 National Tan Show last week! It was the most incredible thing, I couldn't stop smiling, and everyone was so friendly and ready to talk to me about their animals!

I've been fascinated by genetics and animal care since I was a little girl, and always wanted to do something with these two interests. With that introduction into the community, I've been just dying to get another taste of rabbit showing! I joined RabbitTalk because I would like to learn more and perhaps gain a few friends!

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day, and I hope to see you around! :D

2 years of membership2 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 676
Joined: May 2, 2016
Location: California, US
United States of America
Thanks: 300
Thanked: 123 in 110 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,312.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Nymphadora » Thu May 03, 2018 12:42 pm


Welcome to RabbitTalk, Megan! :D

:welcomewagon: :welcome:

Going to shows is how I made my first real-life rabbit friends, and it's been a tremendous resource for me! My first show that I attended was the ARBA National Convention, and walking around all the wonderful breeds was breath-taking! I personally found my happy place with the Rex folks (and rabbits, I mean come on, just touch them!), but MamaSheepdog has a delightful Tan that she brings to the shows... Sir Gridley is well-loved at our California shows! :D

If you'd like to get into showing more regularly, it's a good idea to reach out to some of the local breeders that also show (with the breed you want to show, of course). Go once or twice and just hang out with them to learn the ins and outs of the breed, and the show etiquette in your area (some places are super strict about chairs, etc.). Then, when you're ready, get some decent stock to start showing! It feels a lot better if you're not always the bottom of the selections from the judges.

It sounds like you want to get into breeding, too. When you buy stock, make sure they compliment each other (produce showable colors, don't necessarily have the same faults, etc.) and only keep the best offspring for future breeding. Also, it's good to come up with a plan for your culls before you get into it too deep, because if you want to improve the herd, there will be lots of culls. Some people are successful with selling to the pet market (small breeds, especially), while others use their culls for meat (either for themselves, or if it's a small breed maybe for raw-fed animals like dogs or cats).

Do some browsing on our older posts to find information that interests you, the genetics threads are fascinating! But if you have questions, it might be best to start a new thread so it's not lost or takes another thread off-topic. I hope you find everything you hope to here in RabbitTalk, because the community is amazing! :oops:

Cheers! :)
Nymph
3843

Site Supporter
4 years of membership4 years of membership4 years of membership4 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 1894
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Johnson City ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 860
Thanked: 495 in 389 posts
BunnyBucks: 9,385.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#3  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu May 03, 2018 1:07 pm


welcome Megan
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

Posts: 24
Joined: May 1, 2018
Location: Near Kansas City, USA
Female
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 0 in 0 post
BunnyBucks: 155.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Meo » Thu May 03, 2018 7:20 pm


Thank you both very much!

~Nymph, I really appreciate your advice! I’m considering several breeds at the moment... mostly smaller rabbits. I’ll definitely be going to another show soon to see if I can find a local breeder to talk to! Again, thank you! :D

4 years of membership4 years of membership4 years of membership4 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 795
Joined: May 30, 2014
Location: Southwest USA
United States of America
Thanks: 6
Thanked: 247 in 223 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,901.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#5  Unread postby SableSteel » Thu May 03, 2018 10:42 pm


Welcome. It's nice to see other young people getting into rabbits (I'm 20 myself). Rabbit shows are great fun, and if you have any questions about potential breeds or picking out show stock, feel free to ask. Out of all forum sections, I'm most active on the colors/genetics part, so if you have any genetics questions, I'll probably talk to you there.
Best of luck
Show Breeder & ARBA Registrar
Image

2 years of membership2 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 676
Joined: May 2, 2016
Location: California, US
United States of America
Thanks: 300
Thanked: 123 in 110 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,312.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nymphadora » Fri May 04, 2018 9:48 am


SableSteel wrote:Welcome. It's nice to see other young people getting into rabbits (I'm 20 myself). Rabbit shows are great fun, and if you have any questions about potential breeds or picking out show stock, feel free to ask. Out of all forum sections, I'm most active on the colors/genetics part, so if you have any genetics questions, I'll probably talk to you there.
Best of luck

:yeahthat:

SableSteel is a super resource for newbies to showing, and color genetics! :D
3843

Posts: 24
Joined: May 1, 2018
Location: Near Kansas City, USA
Female
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 0 in 0 post
BunnyBucks: 155.00

Re: Newbie to RabbitTalk & perhaps raising rabbits as well!

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Meo » Mon May 07, 2018 11:52 am


Thank you, aha! I'm really happy to be here. :> Hope to see you both around!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests