Hey guys! It's been a while since I've made a blog post, and I figured that it's about time I make one..and no better topic then all the juniors that I've said almost nothing about.
I wanted to make this post to talk about something, mostly about downsizing, and why.
Anyways, that's right - I will be downsizing my herd of Hollands.
Well, I'm finding taking care of my rabbits more of a chore then a joy anymore, and I'm not able to spend near as much time as I want with each rabbit. I think that's because I have too many rabbits. It's also probably related to this freezing weather, I mean, who can enjoy taking care of 30 rabbits in freezing weather?!
Also, if I downsize I have less to work with but I can keep more nicer babies, as I am getting some very nice babies I have to sell because I have no space!
I also want to get back into horses, as some of you may know, I had a fall a couple years ago and broke my arm. I haven't been the same confidence wise with horses since. I still rode my mare, Taffy, but she got old and passed away December 1st. It took me a while to feel okay with getting another horse, but now I'm casually looking - I want something that's calm and safe. I'm looking to do 4H with a horse possibly, and maybe/hopefully be a working student. And well, a good horse isn't free!
It'd be nice to have the extra money to put towards 1) national convention and 2) a horse.
Despite wanting to get back into horses, don't worry, I won't forget my bunnies!
I haven't decided for sure who will be for sale, but here's who I'm considering letting go of:
Now before anyone goes crazy, I have thought about these rabbits a lot and I have my reasons which will be explained more if anyone asks or when they're actually listed for sale.
NONE OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW.
They may be in the future! I'd suggest filling out my waiting list: click here
These rabbits may be available within the next 2-3 months. I'm thinking ahead here.
When they are available and who is available will depend entirely on how things go in the next couple months.
Anyways, that's what has been on my mind lately. I've given it a lot of serious thought and do want to downsize.
I do have some PETS available currently, mostly from my rescue program. Please check my available pets page to see more info.
Thanks for reading!
So, recently I found/got a ton of pictures from my first 4-5 Hollands. I wanted to show them to you guys, so ya'll can cringe with me..
Last year before 2016 I set a handful of my goals for my rabbitry. First I'm going to go over those and then list my new ones for 2017!
Lets go :P
1. Increase my rabbitry to 20 holes - DONE. Now have 27 I believe.
2. Have at least 10 litters - DONE. I had 17 litters this year.
3. Get 3rd place or better with a homegrown - DONE. Chunk won BOS as well as other homegrowns getting 1st place and "higher" wins.
4. Replace Duke - SEMI DONE. Duke is no longer going to be bred, he just needs to find a good home. I do have a chocolate tort buck that looks nice, hopefully will "replace" him, but he's still young.
5. Find a website theme I like and stick with it - DONE. I love my current theme, it's staying into 2017 and then for a while.
6. Improve crowns in Hollands - NOT DONE. I have not been able to get my crowns to where I'd like, they're almost all slipped.
7. Improve bone in Hollands - DONE. Last year I "complained" about thin bone. With Fonzie and other rabbits introduced to my herd I've been able to get bone that is a good thickness, or even crazy thick.
8. Sell all pet quality rabbits - DONE. Shen died, sold my pet quality Mini Rex and I currently don't have a pet *quality* rabbit in the barn (besides two 8 week olds, that will be sold)
So those were all my 2016 goals, and all of them but 1 was accomplished. That makes me really happy.
So for 2017, I'd like to accomplish the following:
1. Have at least 15 litters - I had 17 this year, so 15 should be doable!
2. Produce at least one quality chocolate or chocolate tort. - With everything that went so wrong with my chocolate program, this will actually be a bit tough.
3. Produce a Lilac Tort. Preferably nice quality. - I have the genetics for this, it's just getting one.
4. Win Best of Breed with a homegrown. - The best I've won with a homegrown is BOS. I'd love to take it to BOB next year.
5. Grand Fonzie, Chunk and Tisroc. - I need to send in the stuff for Fonzie and Chunk, Tisroc will need another leg.
6. Produce a nice Harlequin. - I have the genetics, not 100% sure on the type. But I have a whole year ;)
7. Go to paSRBA. - I highly doubt this will happen. But I'd love it.
8. Improve crown and ears in Hollands. - I hate my crown/ears. Here's to making them better in 2017.
9. Be more active on my blog. - I'm going to try, I promise.
10. Be more active on my youtube channel. - I had it going good for a while, but I need to pick it back up and keep it going.
So that's 10 goals, I could honestly go on. But 10 is enough. Lets see what happens in 2017, lets make it a year to remember!
2016, what a year. Tears, smiles, laughter and fear. I lost some special rabbits this year, and I also gained some special rabbits this year. I traveled across the country with friends to compete at National Convention, and our team won. I had several rabbits, tried a new breed, got an angora. Geez. What a year. Lets go check out more details!
ALL OF LAST YEARS INFO WILL BE IN [ ] BESIDE THIS YEARS
Money Spent: Roughly $901 [$630] (off the top of my head, may be missing a few small things and NOT counting convention trip)
Money Made: $1855 [$590] (this is NOT counting convention donations)
Lost: $0 [$40]
Gained: $954 [$0] (As I was not counting convention in any of these totals, most of this money "gained" actually probably went to Convention, but if someone could tell me where the rest is, I'm listening)
I've sold so many pets this year that I somehow made more then I spent, but I also purchased very few rabbits and just kept homegrowns. Also my grandparents are helping me by buying most of my feed/bedding, though I plan to start trying to do that more now that I have cages and nice rabbits.
Holland Lop Litters:
Babies Born Total: 80 
Babies Born Dead: 22 
Peanuts: 6 
Babies Weaned: 36 
Babies Died Before Weaning (not counting peanuts): 16 
Babies Died After/At Weaning: 1 
Total Babies Alive After Weaning: 35 
Babies Sold: 29 
Babies Kept: 6 (between grow outs and seniors) 
Not bad at all, this really shows how strict I was on what I kept. I did just have a litter of 7 born, so did not add it into the weaning and such but did add it to the # of babies born total.
POB's Rudolph - Broken Castor Mini Rex Buck, Pet - $20
POB's Jingle - Castor Mini Rex Doe, 4H - $30
Oppie (forget prefix) - Opal Mini Rex Buck, Brood - $30
Pepper - Opal Mini Rex Buck, Pet - $20
POB's Shadow - Black Holland Lop Doe, 4H - $50
POB's Quinn - Broken Black Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $50
POB's Klyde - Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $50
POB's Fudge - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Pet/4H - $30
POB's Lola - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Pet/Brood - $70
POB's Sadie - Broken Sallander Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $50
POB's Cotton - Broken Sallander Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $50
POB's Beethoven - Black Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $40
POB's Sofia - Broken Black Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $50
POB's Roxy - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $50
POB's Fazie - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood/Show - $60
POB's Fizz - Charlie Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $50
POB's Willow - Black Tort Fuzzy Holland Lop Doe, Pet/Brood - $70
POB's Buckwheat - Black Harlequin Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $60
POB's Sophie - Black Harlequin Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $60
POB's Bumblebee - Black Harlequin Holland Lop Doe, Pet - $60
POB's Oreo - Broken Black Holland Lop Buck, Brood - $80
POB's Butterfinger - Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood - $80
POB's Blaze - Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Pet - $50
POB's Ajax - Sallander Holland Lop Buck, Brood - $80
POB's Lone Ranger - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood/Show - $60
POB's Centuries - Broken Black Holland Lop Doe, Brood - $60
POB's Magic - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Pet/Brood - $100
POB's Corki - Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Brood - $70
POB's Krackel - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Buck, Brood/Show - $70
POB's Sabrina - Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Pet/Brood - $50
Chrissy's Critters Gloriana - Broken Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood
SGR's Primrose - Chestnut Agouti Britannia Petite Doe, Brood
PGR's Tisroc - Black Holland Lop Buck, Brood/Show
Nick's NR122 "Laurel" - Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood
Bergstrom's Orange "Fiora" - Orange Holland Lop Doe, Brood
Vista's Darcy - Smoke Pearl Holland Lop Doe, Brood
Muddy Creek's Shiloh - Black Tort Holland Lop Doe, Brood
Party Poison - Smoke Pearl Marten Jersey Wooly Doe, Pet/Brood
____ - Black Otter Netherland Dwarf Buck, Pet
____ - Mixed Doe + 3 Babies, Pet(s)
(the last three rabbits were purchased to help a family member)
POB's Shen - Poor Shen, I'll always remember him. He was so special and I hate to have lost him.
Lori's TMan - Ugh. TMan was one of the hardest things this year, I didn't get anywhere close to enough time with him.
POB's Mystery - I lost this little doe right after she blossomed and won her first leg. It was like a nightmare in person, I'll always miss my sweetie.
Shows Attended: 10 (11) [2 (3)]
Major Winnings: Several 1sts, BOVs, BOSVs, BOBs, BOSs and 2 RISs
Legs: 14 
I did go to convention but did not show any rabbits there.
Check out the shows page to see all the placements and major winnings:
I've been in rabbits almost two years, wow. I've done a lot better this year then last year for sure. I'm very pleased with my achievements this year and how I've improved my rabbitry, how my sales have come and how my herd has improved. I will be making another "review" post in a day or two but about goals! Stay tuned :)
It's the holidays, people want rabbits for Christmas, but people either are eager to sell for Christmas or pretty cautious.
A lot of people want to buy a present for their girlfriend/boyfriend or kid, and well, why not a cute bunny?
This time of the year you see lots of those photos, of why a bunny isn't a present, and such. I've seen a few myself and have some opinions on this, that I'd like to share. I find there is a lot of misinformation out there, and I like to put out the truth (in my opinion) for my buyers and readers..so, here's my thoughts:
I haven't posted on my blog in a long time, I apologize! I've just been busy recently, and have a YouTube channel now that I'm focusing on: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEy0o_Uzz6aUmoHK0E1FF8Q
POB's Little Bear - Buck, Just turned 6 months
NGF Technicolor x Lori's TMan
I like Bear, but I am not sure if I will be keeping him in my herd based on the fact I need to improve hindquarter and that's his main weak spot (could be fuller). I do like his body, his limbs, though he has a bit of weak ankles. I like his ear shape and lengthm I like his head curvature but wish it was a bit smaller. He does have 1 leg now, he's a possible chocolate carrier too. Not sure if I should keep him or not! What are ya'lls thoughts?
Bergstrom's Orange "Fiora" - Doe, Just turned 6 months
Bilick's Ginger x CR&DB Coalminer - Blackberry
Fiora is a doe I bought to use in producing agoutis, dilutes and harlequins. She carries self and dilute, so I can make lots of fun colors when bred to a dilute carrying buck, like opal and cream, as well as blue and blue tort!
I do like this doe, she's a BUD but is nice in person. I've never seen a Holland with such THICK bone, wow. She has a really nice body, and great width as well as good crown depth. Don't like her h/e/c or HQ too much, but the rest of her is awesome. Cannot wait to get some babies out of her!
POB's Razzle - Doe, 12 Weeks
POB's Saphira x Nick's Fonzie (9 legs)
I am in love with Razzle. Pictures don't do this cutie justice. She has a beautiful tpoline, a beautiful head (wide and big). Outstanding width, good ear shape and size, good crown depth. Would fault her on a slipped crown and slightly pinched HQS. She's a tad long in limbs, they look better in person. I cannot wait to see this girl grow, she also has the best personality, so possibly a potential replacement for her mother.
POB's Light 'em Up - Buck, 12 Weeks
NGF Technicolor x Lori's TMan
So, Light used to be a doe. But "she" is actually a buck! And he's amazing. I love this buck, he has thick bone, a chubby head coming in, a wide chest, good ear shape and a good body. Would like to see shorter limbs and better crown placement. Can't wait to see how he develops, he's looking amazing, especially for a CHOCOLATE TORT! He is also super friendly, though he has "matured" rather quickly so now is in a cage by himself, haha.
POB's Patronus - Buck, 8.5 Weeks
BTB's Effie x Ridge Hop's Thumper
This is one of the 3 harlequin babies, the only one I really ever liked. This buck is super cute, love his body (way better in person), his width, his head, his ear shape and length and his bone. He has his faults (slipped crown, undercut HQ) but he's super nice for a harli. This guy has been sold, he's gonna be a pet and I honestly don't regret it, I can make more like him and he's going to a good home, that's all that matters in the end. He's gonna be a christmas present for a girl who lost her bunny she had for years recently <3
POB's ____ - Buck, 6 Weeks
POB's Saphira x PGR's Tisroc
A cute buck from Saphira's most recent litter. This guy isn't named yet, I will be waiting to see if he turns out nice, if he does (and is a keeper) he has a special name I've been saving in store for him :D
He didn't want to sit for pictures, and front pictures didn't turn out well. But love this guys ear shape and length, so perfect. Love his body, his bone, his head. He has pretty good width too. Certainly a baby with potential.
POB's Miss Independent - Doe, 6 Weeks
POB's Saphira x PGR's Tisroc
Just gonna start by saying... I LOVE THIS DOE! I think this is the nicest pre junior I have ever had. She's been special since day 1, I had a feeling about her. Love her body and topline, she's a super natural poser too. Love her amazing width, her head, her limbs. Her ears should drop later. I can really only fault her on a bit of weak ankles. Miss Independent will certainly be staying. Love love this doe, can't wait to watch her grow up.
So, that's all the nice juniors! The other black in Saphira's litter and the other two Harlequin does are not futured because they are all pets, pretty sure the black is and the harlequins are. One or both of the harlequins have been sold and pending pickup, and the black has not yet been listed, will be in the next week or so probably.
Which rabbit shown in this post is your favorite? I think we know who mine is..Miss Independent :D
Thanks for reading!
I'm insane, nuts, out of my mind, crazy, bonkers - but I like it that way.
This time, I brought home.....