Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I sexed Ex. Getaway's litter of 3. There is one doe who got nest box eye, but there are another doe and buck who look good. So as long as the type is there, they will be 5 months old for Mini Lop Nationals.
I also looked at the two steel does, and I reverted back to the one I originally tattooed. She looks better this week.... ugh!
I also pulled out my Pride x Landen litter, again... just to drool over them :D
Boomerang looks to be in good condition. If I can get to any shows this spring he might go back on the show list. Not that he needs to be, but I like having good senior animals to show occasionally.
that's all :) I will be updating the website this evening.
Friday, December 26, 2008
My parents never wrote down the day they re-bred my does for my Mini Lop Nationals litters. I assumed they bred them right after they DOA'ed and lost their litters last time, so their inital responses were "the 21st and 22nd". Well that got strectched out to atleast the 25th.... They learned their lesson, they will write it down next time!
Summer kindled to EIGHT babies this afternoon, all uniform and most likely all chestnuts. I checked on them right after she kindled so I wasn't looking for color or anything, but that's what's most probable.
I am still waiting on Maid Dignified.... hopefully tonight! I would like atleast two nice litters to go through over spring break.
Also, Summer's daughter, the broken chestnut I'm keeping may be pregnant. We discovered the "cute chestnut" was a buck when his bkn steel sister kindled a unexpected litter a few days ago. Unexpected so it was a bad result, but we have a box in her sisters cage incase she got bred as well. She was in with him an additional month, so it's possible from now to a month from now if she has babies. We'll see... These guys turned 4 months old on Dec 2nd, so these guys are pretty early bloomers. I hope Summer's next litter can physically be mature at that age, so they dont die in junior competition. They will be around exactly 4 months of age....
While the weather is bad, I'm working on 4-H stuff for my club. I figured now would be a good chance to get ahead of things while I have extra time on my hands!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I got my Fibre 3 feed on Friday. I only got 3 of the 5 bags because it's such a popular feed, that's all they had left for a small town feed store in a small town. But already, I am happy. I am taking half a bag up to Corvallis with me for Roxy, since that's what she's been eating, and the other 2 bags will be used for my show string, which I have already started them on. So far, everyone is eating well. I asked for advice on it from breeders who switched, and furthermore, there has been a lot of discussion about feed changing/feeds on the District/State groups and so today, Roger H posted this which I thought was pretty intelligent, so I am quoting directly.
"I have been reading the periodic feed discussions on the Reporter with some interest. I am a little surprised at the reports of frequent feed changes. I just changed feeds, which I am loathe to do because of the impact it has on my herd. In 35 years of raising rabbits, I think I have only used 6 different feeds. Two of the changes were driven by moves that resulted in not being able to purchase the previous feed locally and two of the changes were the result of poor feed performance proven over fairly lengthy trial periods. I don't like changing feeds especially for two reasons. First, change inevitably results in moult, so the timing of the change has to be right if you are breeding for specific or national competitions. Second, we eventually cull our herds to the feed--because we keep the animals that do well on that feed and cull the ones that don't. That process takes a good deal of time and changing feeds upsets that process. All feeds have commonalities so a change is not like starting from scratch, but feeds have different formulas and the nuances can effect conception, the timing of fur finish and so on.I recently changed to Fibre 3 Purina feed because of the promise of higher fibre and no corn, reflecting the research done by Patton, Cheek and crew at OSU in the 80's that diets with higher fibre and no corn result in reductions of enteritus and intestinal upset. I also like the claim on the feed tag of higher fat for fur finish. Some folks have asked me how the change is going and all I can tell after two months is that they eat it and nothing bad has happened. It will take the better part of the next full year to evaluate conception rates, growth, flesh development, fur finish and general vigor. It will take that long because those things are effected by so many variables other than feed---the season, temperature and/or consistent temperature, water and water quality, genetics, natural mothering ability, etc. Short of obviously bad feed (mold, discoloring, etc.) or feed that tests bad in a lab setting, it takes quite a long time to determine if a feed is working.All of which leads me back to being surprised that some folks change feeds so often. -- Roger Hassenpflug"
Thursday, December 18, 2008
In the meantime, I have nearly decided to keep a Steel doe from Secret Score, and keep the two broken chesntut does from Summer's earlier litter and Habanero's litter. They need names. I have decided to keep Pacific Pride's entire litter of three. I named the broken buck "Zeus-Kennedy" and the does "Hera" and "Hades". They are just too stinkin nice to let go. Scidget's litter, is 1 cute buck, but the other two picked up a mild eye infection so I can't guarntee they'll make the Mini Lop Nationals list, which is why I NEED these litters from Summer and Dignified. If she doesn't sell soon, it's likely I'll rebreed her so I can have a replacement from this nice doe. I might just try and use Zeus-Kennedy.
The weather has been nasty. We've been snowed in for days, with freezing temperatures, lots of snow and more foul weather to come within the week. I unhooked and drained my auto water system a few days ago and gave everyone a plastic crock lock. It works well for the time being. The pipes up to the barns burst, so we are bucketing water up to the horses. It's no different than if it was not drained and frozen... it happens every year. Under my parent's care, my mare looks excellent... I cannot complain! I'm hoping to have a high school equestrain rider come look at her and potentially leaser her out. Maybe after the holidays.
I was supposed to go pick up feed today, but there was just no way to get out the driveway or make it into town. Hopefully within the next few days though!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Keepsake's 2nd litter here is looking strong! And the doe I'm keeping out of him is very promising! This pic is blurry.... but in my opinion it kinda looks cool. He moves so much and wants attention its hard to get a still shot of him!
So then, I went to the store... had to pick up a few things for school and some things the family needed. There, I checked the dog area for a collapsable kennel (thanks Christina G. for mentioning that!). At first I only saw the big ones, but I turned around and right there was a 18 x 24 collapsable kennel with tray and handle! It also has two doors and a divider! Since my new doe is already litter trained, I bought a corner litter box too. The kennel was only $38... cheaper than any rabbit cage I was looking at!
So my little girl is in her new cage staying in the house till I go back to school. She likes it a lot :)
Friday, December 12, 2008
On my way home, I had arranged to purchase a Holland Lop doe. For two weeks or so, I had bene looking to purchase a house rabbit. I went to my favorite breeder, and where she had some nice ones to look at, transport just wasn't possible. So, thinking of more Holland breeders, I contacted another on my way home. The first one that caught my eye was a broken tort buck, but he had a deposit on him. I went back to the first breeder I contacted, and found out who she'd reccomend. She sent me to someone in my hometown (which I later realized I knew) but they didn't have anything available. So, at last resort, I contacted the second breeder again, visited her website and up pops this rabbit that was not on there before! My jaw dropped.... she was just too darned cute! I e-mailed, and early the next morning they called me. They were willing to meet me late that night; I got through my last final, picked up the doe and headed home.
As soon as I took the doe to the barn, after not being home months on end... I discovered my barn a little dirty and unorganized. But, all of my juniors WOW me.... I don't know what else to say. I am getting a photo shoot tomorrow if it's good weather and I will share my love of some of my favorites! I will definately have some young yet mature seniors to show in Monterey.
I placed the Holland in a single carrier and brought her inside the house. It was there I discovered her good type and sweet nature. She is so cute, so cuddleable....so calm and perfect. I couldn't have made a better purchase. I will be keeping her pedigreed name with respect to her breeder, but she'll have a pet name, which I am currently coming up with.
I have pictures, but I'm going to upload all my pictures at once, so I'll share her pics tomorrow!
Scidget's babies are.... FAT and HUGE and healthy buggers! They are already eating pellets. I'm kinda sad I've missed out on their birth and kit stage but right now they are in that "OMG look" stage about 3-4 weeks now. Maid Dignified and Summer are due here again soon, I am hoping for good results or I'll be very sad. I need these babies for Mini Lop Nationals juniors. :)
I'll have a few animals posted for sale tomorrow with pictures:
*LHHR's/Velotta's PPL - Broken Chinchilla Doe (VERY nice!)
*LHHR's ESBK - Broken Steel Doe
*LHHR's ESBK - Chestnut buck (very nice!)
*LHHR's SSLH - Chinchilla Doe (very thick and wide!)
*LHHR's SSLH - Chestnut Doe (pretty nice)
*LHHR's/Velotta's HL - Chestnut Doe
*LHHR's SSLH - Steel Doe (very nice)
*LHHR's SSLH - Bkn Seal? Steel Doe (very nice doe!)
*LHHR's SSLH - Bkn Chestnut Doe (very nice, might keep?)
Check back for pictures!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Lovin the snowy rockies :)