I've been getting a lot of emails lately from folks looking to buy rabbits. Please follow me on My New Webpage to see what we are up to. We have admittedly slowed down on our animals, focusing more on gardening, homesteading, and raising our children. I am just starting to delve back in to rabbit breeding. At this time we do not have any purebred bunnies, just six rabbits, all of which are mixed breed. I may expand our breeding options in the future, but for right now, these six are all we have. You can see our rabbits and check for litter announcements on our new rabbit page HERE. Thank you!
My apologies for what seems like long delays in page updates. I'm working on moving everything over to my new website, Following A Dream. As I am no longer keeping many of the animals which this page was dedicated to, I've decided to try to make this page more about education. I hope to add some more care guides, including basic guides on crate training and potty training puppies, as well as guides about other pets. It may be a while though, as I do have a pretty full plate lately with everything going on in my personal life (much of which is discussed in the blog posts on the new page).
I have found homes for all of the rabbits, and I'm down to the last chinchilla, and the last of the guinea pigs (two adult females, two female babies, and one male baby - who has been separated to prevent more breeding). All of which are still looking for homes!
To those who find this page and were hoping to find a pet to adopt, my apologies. As a former small animal breeder, I'm happy to share my experience, answer questions, or offer advice. However, for now, small animals are no longer going to be my full-time job.
I do encourage you to check out my eBay auctions and my Bonanza shop. Both offer a wonderfully random assortment of "stuff." The sale of which is what pays my bills right now as I transition into a full-time work-from-home mom.
I had expected to find Fleur a new home before her babies arrived, but I knew she was getting close when she could no longer get through the door to her igloo earlier this week. I'm thrilled to announce that she has delivered four healthy and absolutely adorable little ones this morning.
Dad was a grey agouti Abyssinian. Mom was half teddy and half hairless - so these babies could possibly be hairless carriers!
One tri-color Abyssinian baby, two tri-color Teddy babies, and one brown agouti Teddy baby. Asking $25 each. They won't be able to leave until 4/4/14 at the very earliest. I'd like to get homes lined up for them right away though, so if you want one, let me know!
I've found homes for four cats, the last hamster, the gerbil family, and most of the chinchillas and rabbits. I'm down to the last handful of critters now, so selection is limited, but please consider bringing one home.
As of right now I have four chinchillas (Richard, Addie, and Mary Margaret's 6/20 twin boys), five guinea pigs (Silver, Butterscotch, Lil Pig, Fleur, and Curly), and six rabbits (Sweetheart, Anakin, Marshmallow, Paris, Dora, and Dora's younger daughter) left to re-home. Prices are marked on each photo on the Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, and Meet The Animals pages. A couple of the chinchillas are being offered with their cages, as I won't be needing them once they're gone.
Unfortunately, I've had some unexpected circumstances come up and I am no longer able to take care of the animals. My family comes first, so the animals have to find new homes. All of the animals (chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, as well as the last hamster and gerbils the kids kept back) need homes ASAP. All adoption fees are "or best offer" and all animals have to be placed by the end of the month (January 31). I don't want to have to do this, but at this point, I don't have an option. I won't go into specifics, but I am no longer able to care for the animals due to some other things that have come up. Please consider adopting!
You may notice that I have not updated for a while. I assure you, all of the animals listed for sale or adoption are still available (I do keep that much updated), but for the time being, I will be unable to update photos.
As of the next 6-7 days I will be dealing with some medical issues, and for the weeks following I will be recovering. I will not be able to get new photos of the animals, but I will still try my best to respond to email and keep everything updated as far as availability. It may take me a while longer, but I will do my best. Also, all meetings for the next couple of weeks will have to be scheduled based on my husband's availability as I will be unable to meet anyone for pick ups. It's alright though - he's a nice guy.
I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and I will do my best to get updated photos once I'm feeling better and can be up and about again.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Last Saturday I picked up our newest bunny. She's a purebred castor colored standard rex doe, and she's (hopefully) going to be our 4H bunny. She's tattooed and has a pedigree, which appears to be what the requirements are for showing a rabbit in 4H. Now to actually print the papers and sign the kids up for 4H...
I re-checked Stew's litter today and was surprised to find that while I was right with the black bunnies (3 girls, 1 boy), I was way off with the reds. They're all boys! Well darn, I thought I had one or two little red ladies in the bunch, but clearly I was wrong.
In other news, one black doe, and the doe from Paris's (Harlequin/New Zealand) litter with the same birthday went to their new home today. They will be companions in the same home, and the young lady (happy birthday) and young man (birthday girl's brother) who picked them out seemed pretty thrilled to bring them home! I can tell they're going to be very much loved.
Time for the big gender reveal! I checked the baby bunnies again today. It looks like I have three black does, one black buck, two red does (though one I'm not sure on) and two red bucks out of Stew's litter. I'm still not sure on Paris's litter. They all look like does, but I'm not willing to say that with 100% certainty just yet.
In other news, last week we lost Polkadot, the new Rhinelander cross buck I picked up at the auction last month. He had the sniffles when I picked him up from the auction, but I had hoped it was just from being in the cold barn. Unfortunately, he didn't spring back. I did keep him away from the rest of the bunnies, but he was transported home from the auction next to my Flemish buck, and now he's starting to look thin as well, despite having a full food bin and hay. The Flemish buck has been housed in his own hutch as well, so I'm hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I have terrible luck with these auctions. I lost half the rabbits I bought at the spring auction too. I wonder if it has to do with how cold the auction barn is and that some of the rabbits are left there for a day and night (sometimes without food and water) before the auction.
It's been more than 31 days and the Holland lop pair has not produced a litter. I'm not sure why (are they too old?). Again, perhaps another auction flop. They were labeled as a proven pair, which is why I bought them, but it seems the auction wins again - and I've been duped. Unfortunately, there are no repercussions for whoever sold these rabbits.
Due to the back-log on chinchillas, the female that is in with the male now will be the last one bred until I can find homes for some of the babies here already. I now have three litters (four babies total) looking for homes, plus a retiring adult. I have no more space for more babies. As much as I hate to mess up the breeding schedule, I need proper cage space, or it simply isn't ethical to continue breeding. I'm not sure why the sudden slow-down. I can usually find homes pretty quickly for my chinchillas. I will be lowering the price on the oldest litter to try to get them into a new home before Christmas.
My main goal at this point is to find homes for Tristan and Nymeria, the last of my rescue cats.
Sorry for the delay. I haven't been feeling well this week, but I did get new photos taken today and posted on the Rabbits page. I tried to check genders, but I'm still not sure on most of them. The black New Zealand bunnies are 2 bucks and 2 does, and I believe the two lighter marked Harlequin cross bunnies are does, but I'm not sure. The red New Zealands could be either, and I suspect the patch-marked Harlequin cross bunny may be a buck. If it is, then it'll need a home, as it's only pending if it's a doe.
Follow along with the joys and heartbreaks of one small-time hobby breeder.