Today the lady who I reserved rabbits for came and picked them up. At $20 each, I earned $60. I gave my son $20 as he does a large share of the work in raising the rabbits. The other $40 is going for feed. It is exciting to make my first sale. It was a little hard saying good-bye to them since I worked with them so much so they would be social and affectionate. You give a little bit of your heart to them despite your best intentions. But I know they will have a good home and it is easier to say good-bye to them this way than on slaughter day, that’s for sure.
I haven’t been blogging much this week. Tuesday was airport day and Wednesday was my birthday. 44 does not feel any different from 43. I have also spent a lot of time talking to a breeder in Oregon and the husband and I will drive down there on the 31st with no kids, overnight, go out to dinner as an early Anniversary dinner since he’ll be gone on our actual anniversary, pick up the new rabbits on the 1st and drive home. That way we don’t have to try to make a round trip in one day or try to overnight somewhere with rabbits. Mom and the kids will take care of our rabbits while we are gone.
And what type of rabbits will we be getting? Remember these guys that tempted me so much last October?
Yeah, I’ll be getting some of these from the same breeder. New Zealand Reds. A proven junior buck with a deep red coat and two young, just weaned does whose father has the deep red coat, laid back attitude, and a mother who is a sweet, affectionate girl. I am excited and it is good to feel excited again after the loss of Sweetie Belle.
I am also thinking about selling Lola. I’ve only been thinking about it for about a week. I have one of her girls still (thought it was a boy or undetermined, but as it got older I determined it was a girl) and she is very sweet and friendly. Lola is a nice enough doe, but she likes to hide out in the back of her cage and isn’t affectionate. She doesn’t care much to be touched, though she will tolerate it if she is out of her cage. She doesn’t bite or anything, but is cage protective. I want a less anti-social rabbit. Plus, Lola’s daughter is the 3rd generation, which means when she has kits, those kits can be pedigreed. I know the pedigrees don’t really mean all that much outside of show circles, but that piece of paper can increase the sale price of a doe. If I was attached to Lola, I’d not consider it, but since I’m not all that attached, it is likely what I will do.
I would like to breed Piper with the red buck as soon as we get him settled, and Serenity with Leo. I will try to sell Lola either as a pregnant doe or after her kits are born at about 3.5 weeks old with the whole litter. I know what a blessing buying a mother with a young litter can be for starting a rabbitry. That’s what we did with Piper. It was nice to start out with kits that were past the main danger points and get some experience with them before breeding a litter myself.
All of the adults need to have their nails clipped. The rate at which they grow still astonishes me. I need to cut some more apple branches for everyone as well, especially the littlest chewers. I’ll try to get that done this weekend. Not looking forward to the nail clipping part. Especially with Andromeda. She’s definitely going in the towel burrito.