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    Silver Fox genetics...?

    The photos are a great help. Yep, I think you're probably right. The "scattered white hairs" look suspiciously evenly distributed, even on the ears. The marten looks like a well-marked marten, but given the others and the "shaggy" lilac (which looks a bit like it might be a lilac tort), I'd...
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    Silver Fox genetics...?

    The ARBA Silver Marten standard says the surface color should be "interspersed with evenly distributed silver-tipped guard hairs showing very conspicuously above the regular color of the body coat. Silvering is to be carried well up the sides and rump." So they call it silvering, though it is...
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    Looking for color/genetics tutor

    To add a little to the confusion... or perhaps clear it up... :) ...the otter variety, produced by the tan gene <at>, is known as "tan" or "tan pattern" in several breeds (Belgian Hare, Holland Lop, Jersey Wooly, Netherland Dwarf). It's yet another variety name which does not really describe...
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    Posed Correctly?

    I think MnCanary gave good advice. I think that within certain limits, the age of first breeding goes up with the size of the rabbit. I wait to breed my Satin does (ideal weight 9lbs) till they're 6 months old, though the bucks are usually game by 5 mos, while we sometimes breed our Mini Rex...
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    Looking for color/genetics tutor

    Black and brown (chocolate) refer to pigment, not necessarily the overall color of the rabbit. That's why colors are often referred to as "black-based" or "chocolate-based." (They're sometimes called "blue-based"or "lilac-based" as well, but those colors are just dilutions of the first two, so...
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    Posed Correctly?

    Pretty bunnies! I love the breed. Your posing is on the right track; some slight adjustments will make them look even better! :) Doe #1 would benefit from having her back feet further back, so that her toes line up with her knee (1). She might be called "overposed" which is when her hind...
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    Silver Fox genetics...?

    Silvering is a combination of white hairs and possibly some tipping as well. So, silver foxes (also the Champagne d'Argent, Creme d'Argent, Argent Brun, and the Silver) have white hairs throughout, to a greater or lesser degree. White tipped hairs only usually come from a steel gene - it looks...
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    Different color rabbits.

    Basically the genes that code for all-white rabbits with red or blue eyes "turn off" all the other color genes, so you can think of an all-white rabbit as a colored rabbit with whitewash spread over the color. Almost any color can "hide" behind a red-eyed white (or "REW") or blue-eyed white...
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    Looking for color/genetics tutor

    It depends on the rabbit's color and the colors of its parents. Some of the code will come from looking at the rabbit itself, but if either or both of the parents are recessives (like dilute or REW) that gives you information you can include on the pedigree as well.
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    Looking for color/genetics tutor

    Yes, the ABC book has lots of charts and color photos. They'll definitely get you going on what colors look like, especially in relation to each other. I'm with you on the preference for hard copies!!! I have several other good books on rabbit genetics, but none have color photos, and none...
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    Doe died giving birth

    Rabbits tend to take fosters quite well, so if your other does have babies that would be my first choice, no doubt about it. I can go into details about fostering in a different post if you'd like. But first you have to keep the babies alive while waiting to foster them. If they're indoors...
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    Chocolate Champagne or a Brun?

    Too bad you can't make it to a show - they can be a lot of fun! Often people are surprised that no pedigree is needed to show a rabbit in an ARBA sanctioned show, but it's true. The rabbit show world does things very differently than how it's done in some other species. To be shown, a rabbit...
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    Looking for color/genetics tutor

    One of the things I love about rabbits is coat color genetics! One of the best things about starting with rabbits to learn genetics is that rabbit coat colors are simple enough to be understandable, but just complicated enough to stay interesting. I'd love to help you work out the code. So...
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    Chocolate Champagne or a Brun?

    I'd call them chocolate champagnes, especially for pedigree purposes - you really need to keep those accurate. Bruns and Champagnes are not only separate breeds, they do have slightly different standards. Most notably, they are different sizes: Champagne Senior buck 9-11lbs (ideal 10 lb)...
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    Thoughts about hay lacking diversity my rabbits want

    Just a word to the wise concerning finding some guy who hays his place and sells it on Craig's list... BEWARE what assortment of plants you may find in it. This summer I had the biggest heartbreak since I began raising rabbits, due to hay bought from a guy on craigslist. I lost over a dozen...
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    My First Purebred Litter

    Agreed, looks like a broken black tort.
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    There are chocolate Silver Foxes in there!

    They are beautiful! That surely looks like a lilac there between the chocolate and the black - paler and more "pinkish" than the two blues below.
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    There are chocolate Silver Foxes in there!

    I've heard that about chocolates, but I have not found that to be the case, at least not in Satins and Polish. I've never seen any evidence in those breeds that a recessive dilute gene dulls full color. I would be interested in hearing what the S.M. breeders are concerned about. One of the...
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    Doe's uninterested in breeding

    If you put the ice cube you break out back into the cage, they'll have something to chew on and play with (and get hydrated in the process) when their new bowl of water freezes. :)
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    New kits

    No, there are two in the same photo that are white with fawn spots and some black as well. Both have fawn down their backs but one has very few markings.
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