Monday, April 27, 2009

Rabbitry Updates

I haven't posted in a while and thought I'd give a quick update. Things have been busy at Riddle's Bunny Barn. My husband recently took over the bunny barn and created his office. My bunnies are staying in our basement until we are able to sell our house. Actually, I think they are very happy there and it is much less stressful for me. I don't have to worry about the temperature of the bunny barn and they seem to love it. I miss my bunny barn, but I have big plans for when we move. I love dreaming about my new bunny mansion. With the housing market the way it is, I don't expect our house to sell quickly, but I do hope that we make the move before the end of 2010.

My new litters have brought me so much joy. The F3 BEW DM (Blue-Eyed White Double Maned) lionhead litter are all maturing into very nice bunnies. I decided to keep two of them - a buck and doe to breed into my other bunnies. I also made a big decision to purchase a new DM purebred blue lionhead. He is going to be absolutely perfect for my breeding program. I really can not thank Terri from Slatehill Rabbitry enough for selling him to me. This was a sort of long time coming yet spur of the moment decision that could not have been planned out better. He has everything my rabbits lack and might even carry the vienna gene. I'm dying to breed him to Pearl to see what they produce. I will be counting down the days to their first litter.

Trista is bred to Silverado again and I'm hoping to see something other than Chestnuts VMs in this litter. I do think the Chestnut VMs are very cute, but they should also produce black and possibly orange and tort. I like to see a little variety from Trista's litters. Mooie, my holland lop, is also bred to Silverado and I'm very interested to see how their kits turn out. They will be Lionlops which are a mixed breed rabbit just the same as a Labradoodle, Maltipoo or similar dog and they can never be purebred unless they become a true breed. They are very cute, though. This litter is more experimental since I wasn't planning to breed Mooie, but she had other plans...

I am trying very hard to just keep the bare minimum number of rabbits possible until we are moved, but I can see that this is going to be very hard for me. I love planning and am already looking forward to breeding offspring that haven't even been born yet. I am so close to excellent quality PB DM BEW lionheads that I am getting super anxious.

Well, that is all for now. I hope to post some more useful information soon.

~Christie

2 comments:

crazeeinva said...

Christy have you stopped breeding the netherland dwarf babies? You know there is not many people as wonderful as you have been to me and as helpful. I have wondered how things were going. I hope all is well.

Christie Riddle said...

Thanks Tracie! Unfortunately, my little girl is very allergic to the bunnies. I have always had a slight allergy, but it never bothered me because I love the bunnies so much. I am now down to only 6 bunnies and we will keep 2 as pets. I'm sure I'll take in a few rescues here and there. I'm trying not to be too sad about it. I'm just focusing on hedgehogs now and maybe someday in the future, I'll be able to breed bunnies again. :) I hope things are going well with you and your family.