Fantasia Rabbitry

Featured Rabbitry #12: Fantasia Rabbitry. An interview with the owner of Fantasia Rabbitry.

They are Netherland Dwarf and Lionhead Rabbit Breeders located in Washington.

1: Tell us about your rabbitry… My rabbitry is an outdoor rabbitry that consist of 3 single hutches, 5 double hutches and 12 cages.

2: What rabbit breeds do you raise and why? I raise Netherland Dwarfs and Lionheads, I think they are some of the cutest little rabbits.

3: About how long have you been raising rabbits? I have been raising rabbits for 26 years.

4. Who has helped you the most with your rabbit project? My mother helped me when I was at home and now my husband helps. My husband helps me build all of my hutches.

5. What is your favorite rabbit memory or experience? My favorite rabbit memory is when I went to my very first rabbit show and when I saw one of my doe’s give birth with me watching her.

6. Do you currently have any rabbit stock for sale? If so please provide details… Yes I do have rabbits and bunnies for sale, All the infomation is on my web-site http://fantasiarabbitry.weebly.com

The Tree House Homestead Rabbitry

Featured Rabbitry #11: The Tree House Homestead Rabbitry. An interview with the owner of The Tree House Homestead Rabbitry.

They are American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders located in Washington.

1: Tell us about your rabbitry…

My rabbitry is a small 10 hole rabbitry. We converted our small barn that was originally designed for llamas and alpacas into one for rabbits. I have 4 bucks and 6 does from 4 “separate” lines. I focus exclusively on the critically endangered and rare American Chinchilla.

2: What rabbit breeds do you raise and why?

I raise American Chinchillas. They are an American Heritage breed and are in the top 3 of the rarest breeds. The American Chinchilla used to have the highest amounts of registered animals of any of the recognized rabbits in the United States. No other breed of rabbit has surpassed that mark and I want to do my best to get our rare Am Chin numbers back up!

I also decided that I wanted a breed that was a “dual” purpose animal. Meaning it wasn’t just a rabbit that is a pet. American Chinchillas make wonderful pets and have great personalities and are gentle little creatures. They also grow quick on minimal feed, have large litters, and the does in general are excellent mothers. They have nice pelts as well which is one of the original purposes in the fur trade during the 1920’s-1950’s. They make a fabulous addition to any backyard meat raiser or homesteader be it the city or country. They make great pets and 4H projects as well. I actually can’t think of a downside to this breed one bit!

3: About how long have you been raising rabbits?

I have owned rabbits for close to 3 years. It has only been the last year that I decided to actually focus on breeding and raising good quality healthy food for our home. I selected a breed for those specific purposes. I have always had pets and animals: cats, dogs, gerbils, mice, rats, guinea pigs, turtles, llamas, alpacas, sheep, turkeys, and chickens. I have to say that my bunnies are by far my favorite.

4. Who has helped you the most with your rabbit project?

There are two people who come to mind that I have learned the most from and who have been the best resources for good, solid rabbit information. I met both of them on various Internet rabbit forums and actually met up with one at a show. Donna Williams and Franco Rios. There have also been numerous helpful folks at shows, on the Internet, and other backyard breeders. Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits by Bob Bennett is about the best book around and one I highly recommend. Rabbit folks are just plain friendly and helpful.

5. What is your favorite rabbit memory or experience?

My favorite experience/memory with a rabbit was when at a neighbor’s property who raises a mixed breed for meat. They had some junior bucks together in a cage and they all came up together to see me and say “hi” the way bunnies do. Seeing all their little bunny faces along side each other was so cute and I asked right then and there if those rabbits were for sale and bought them all!

6. Do you currently have any rabbit stock for sale? If so please provide details…

Yes I do- thanks for asking. I currently have 3 litters of both bucks and does. There are several in each litter that are high quality that I would be proud to sell to anyone wanting to add some American Chinchillas to their family for a companion or for livestock purposes. Prices are $25 each with pedigree and $15 each for non-pedigree pet quality. I am happy to mentor as well. I breed all year long so someone can contact me anytime and I am happy to reserve an individual or duo/trio/quad for them. We are located in a rural suburb of Tacoma, Washington. I currently do not ship animals and only sell for local pick-up or I can drive to meet as well for someone making a longer trip looking for American Chinchillas. For current updates on the happenings in my rabbit barn, please check out my website at www.thetreehousehomestead.com

The Tree House Homestead Rabbitry

Tree House Homestead Barn

Pinewind Farm Rabbitry

Featured Rabbitry #10: Pinewind Farm Rabbitry. An interview with the owner of Pinewind Farm Rabbitry- Karen Williams

They are Silver Rabbit Breeders located in New York.

You can check out their website at: pinewind.rabbitryonline.com

1: Tell us about your rabbitry…

Pinewind Farm is located in the southern tier of western New York State. We maintain a small rabbitry along with our other interests of raising Alpine and Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats for milk for our personal and family use, cheesmaking and so on.

2: What rabbit breeds do you raise and why?

I raise Silvers, with a focus on the Black variety. Although I am not new to rabbits, I am relatively new to Silvers, I have been raising and showing them for only a little more than a year but really enjoy them. I was just drawn to them when I came upon them at a show…..it’s kind of funny because I was actually looking for Polish and was meeting a Polish breeder at the show. This breeder also had a Silver with her at that time, I had never seen a Silver before or given them any thought actually, I was just “struck” by the Silvers! My first impression that day was that they were an old fashioned type of rabbit that reminded me of a Rennaissance painting, I even told that to the woman who had them! When I came home and started doing some research on them and learned that they are actually a very old breed of rabbit dating back to the 1500’s, well, I guess without even realizing it, that is where my impression must have come from! They are bright and curious, and to me just seem to have sparkling personalities! I was lucky enough to have a couple of great Silver breeders not far from me in Tom Schubert and Kelsey Ferguson who have helped to get me going. I am excited about the Silvers, and though new to showing Silvers, I am learning a lot, really enjoying them, and so far my rabbits have even done very well at the shows……frosting on the cake!

3: About how long have you been raising rabbits?

I have kept rabbits as pets for many years, but have not been involved in breeding until about 5 years ago.

4. Who has helped you the most with your rabbit project?

My friend Sherri of Secret Garden Rabbits who really got me started in breeding and showing rabbits, along with Kelsey Ferguson who got me started with my Silvers, and Tom Schubert, who with his “decades” of experience in raising Silvers is always helpful and willing to answer my questions. When I decided to add a website, Ellyn Eddy of Rabbit Smarties Publishers (an ex Silver breeder herself!) really helped build and put it all together when I was hopelessly lost in the world of computers and website building and ready to give up on the whole idea!

5. What is your favorite rabbit memory or experience?

I have always just really enjoyed the peaceful quiet time I spend just tending my rabbits every night, I find it soothing and calming after a busy day at the hospital! It makes me feel calmer just thinking about it! That is what I think of first when I think of my rabbits, and if I ever don’t have rabbits anymore that is what I will remember and miss the most. My most exciting rabbit memory…..winning BOB for my first GC leg at my very first show!

6. Do you currently have any rabbit stock for sale? If so please provide details…

I currently have two litters in the nest box right now, a total of 9 kits, 4 born on 3/31 and 5 on 4/04! I have another litter due mid May so will have Silvers available from all three litters! I will also be selling one of my Senior Bucks and possibly a senior Doe. Hey, and lets not forget those Reg Alpine goat kids if anyone is interested! LOL!

Pinewind Farm Rabbitry

Nora’s Floppy Shop

Featured Rabbitry #9: Nora’s Floppy Shop Rabbitry. An interview with the owner of Nora’s Floppy Shop Rabbitry- Nora Anderson

They are Mini Lop and French Lop Rabbit Breeders located in Tennessee.

Check out their website at: http://www.norasfloppyshop.com/

1: Tell us about your rabbitry…

We have a small rabbitry located in Knoxville, TN. We raise show rabbits and show in several parts of the country and go to most ARBA Nationals. We have a wide variety of colors in both Mini and French Lops. Our future plans are to expand that rabbit barn and increase the number of the rabbits that I currently have. This will allow us to have more room to raise the pointed white Mini Lops as well as have enough room available for the “normal” colored Mini Lops.

2: What rabbit breeds do you raise and why?

We raise both Mini and French Lops. Mini Lops are our main breed. Mini Lops were the first breed that was started as a 4H project and grew from there. I had wanted French Lops at the start of my rabbit project, but my mother insisted that I find something that was not the same size as me. When I got older, the French Lops were started.

3: About how long have you been raising rabbits?

We started raising rabbits in 1988 with the first show pair bought in 1990. We have had several breeds in our barn at one time or another, but our focus has always been on the Mini Lops.

4. Who has helped you the most with your rabbit project?

Lots of people have helped us with our rabbit project. Members of the Smoky Mtn RBA, Lop Rabbit Club of America, Mini Lop Rabbit Club of America, NW GA Club, and countless others that have made this rabbit project a success.

5. What is your favorite rabbit memory or experience?

There are many memories and experiences that come to mind, but probably the memory of when I had first started in Mini Lops. We had a trio, but one of the does would not conceive, which was extremely frustrating for a young child. Without my knowledge, my uncle went out and found a breeder who had a doe who had three young babies. He bought the doe with the babies and put them in my rabbit barn. When I came home from school, he said, “I think you should go check on your rabbits.” So I did and my face lit up when I saw the mother with the three babies. Kept me encouraged. Eventually, we expanded the bunny barn and the number of rabbits.

6. Do you currently have any rabbit stock for sale? If so please provide details…

Not currently, but I do have some newborn litters that will be available in a few weeks. There is a litter of “normal” colored Mini Lops, pointed white Mini Lops, and a litter of French Lops.

Noras Floppy Shop

The Wild Woods Rabbitry

Featured Rabbitry #8: The Wild Woods Rabbitry. An interview with the owners of Wild Woods Rabbitry- Jennifer and Alana Schmitt

They are Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders located in Arkansas

1: Tell us about your rabbitry…

Currently we are a two person (twin sisters) run rabbitry. It’s not a full time job for us, but it’s expanding. We’re approaching our fledgling operation with enthusiasm and pragmatism. All in all, not bad for accidentally getting started in the bunny business. You can visit our facebook page at www.thewildwoodsrabbitry.com

(Which links to our Facebook page till we get a website finished).

Our family farm has a lot of resources to assist in constructing and maintaining our rabbitry. The 160 acre “Tree Farm” provides us with logs to saw on the sawmill, into lumber for any imaginable structure. We have an 8000 sq ft furniture shop, filled with woodworking tools. That is our primary occupation. The five family members hand make Arts & Crafts furniture…… www.dryadstudios.com

The first building we built was an 8 cage “kindling” house. It is super insulated, and stayed above freezing in some 15 below zero weather this winter. We can also cool it in the murderous Arkansas summers, if necessary.
We then began, and are now completing the first 8 large, free standing cages. Each is 8′ x 5′ x 5′ tall, and can be divided into two separate units by sliding a divider board in the middle. We made each unit 2 levels, with a steep ramp to keep the bunnies exercised. The first 8 buildings will be enclosed in about a half-acre fenced yard, that will be divided for exercise in good weather. It is our firm belief that a healthy bunny needs to be “happy” and be able to do some of the things a bunny likes to do. They have hollow logs, and rocks, thickets of pussy willow, and patches of vetch to frolic and hide in. We are currently digging post holes and burying water and electric lines into the area to be able to light and water the entire enclosure.
We have to tip our hats to our beautiful Pyrenees Guard Dog….”Ursa”. We are near the Buffalo National River (6 miles) and Ozark National Forest. We have Bear, Coyotes, Foxes, Bobcats and even Mountain Lions on game camera videos, only 200 yards from the rabbits. Ursa just had puppies, and we kept 2 more…..”Belle” and “Zuul”. The three of them work full time to keep all of our stock safe.

2: What rabbit breeds do you raise and why?

Our breed of choice is Flemish Giants. We were attracted to their almost puppy-like personality and enjoy their gentle nature, keen intelligence, and willingness to interact with humans.(They truly are gentle giants).

3: About how long have you been raising rabbits?

Professionally, 2 years. Unprofessionally, 5 years.

4. Who has helped you the most with your rabbit project?

Rocky Altic, of Hillbilly Rabbitry, an old time rabbit breeder. He’s been the deepest well of knowledge and first hand wisdom with Flemish. He’s worked with us since our first contact and has been an endless source of information about everything. No exaggeration, we can never say enough good about his help. His enthusiasm is contagious and there has never been a conversation with Rocky that we did not leave smarter.

5. What is your favorite rabbit memory or experience?

Do you have all night? LOL
Well, the very first experience is one we always come back to. Several years ago we’d been taking a Sunday drive with the family and paused on a deep, winding, back-road in the forest to admire our new county-line sign. It was very unusual to see a bright green CARROLL/NEWTON county line marker on a VERY rural dirt road. After a moment we noticed two small, white rabbits under it, peering out from behind a pile of dirt. After a mad chase through the briars and brush piles, the bunnies gave up.
Someone had dumped two little pet-shop white rabbits in the middle of nowhere. We did not have to think of names, their names were right there on the sign….Carroll & Newton. As we drove off with our prize, a large red tailed hawk crossed the road about 50 yards from where we spotted the bunnies. they wouldn’t have lasted the afternoon.
After rescuing them, we deduced they were a male and female and that we’d have a litter in 28 days. 28 days later, the female had a litter. And then later that afternoon the ‘male’ had her litter as well. So, as you can see, we’ve come a long way with rabbits.

6. Do you currently have any rabbit stock for sale? If so please provide details…

We have two 11 month old bred pedigree does available, and we have a waiting list for our upcoming litters. We would be happy to add anyone who is interested onto the list (Waiting list members would of course get first dibs on the litters, before I offer the rest for sale).

Wild Woods Rabbitry