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German/English Angora Rabbit and Her New Kits

On November 27, 2016, in News, by tina

Brand new high % German /English kits with their mom, one of my best does White Gold. She is a great mother  and I am so happy to have her in my rabbitry (thank you Witamy farms for her). I really like the German English hybrids, they have been my go to rabbits to produce such beautiful wool producing kits and having  great mothering skills. I look forward to watching these little ones grow up.

Mama and her babies

German Angora Rabbits for Sale

On October 27, 2016, in Rabbits for Sale, by tina

I am reducing down and have decided to rehome many of my rabbits. I have adult German angoras and high percentage Germans. These are nice rabbits that produce beautiful wool. I have used the wool for spinning felting and have had mill spun yarn made with it.

Just email if interested and I can give you the update of the rabbits for sale. Please remember these rabbits need to be sheared every 3 months.

 

 

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Newborn German Angora Babies

On May 23, 2015, in Rabbits for Sale, News, by tina

Its nearing the end of May and a couple of brand new litters have just arrived on the farm – all pure German angora rabbits.

Newborn German angoras

Newborn German angoras

Just hours old

Just hours old

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be retaining some of these babies and have a waiting list started for the others.

When you are ready to start breeding angora rabbits its important to make sure the doe is in good condition first. Check her over good to make sure their is no signs of illness or health issues. I like to  shear the doe first but always leave a little length to wool, and by the time the babies arrive her wool is a good length for nest making. If shearing is not an option the doe can be clipped underneath before she kindles, but try to do this before its too close to due date.  Another thing to check is to make sure the doe is eating well. A good pellet ration along with a handful of grass hay is a balanced meal for the angora rabbit. I give a measured amount of pellets each day. If I see pellets are all cleaned up and the rabbit is eagerly waiting I know they are happy and healthy. If pellets are left behind for several days it gives me a signal something may be wrong with the rabbit.  Treats are alright  but give it in small amounts and not to often. You want a doe that is a good weight for her breed type so she doesn’t have problems with kindling. If the doe is healthy its time to take her to the bucks cage. Let the breeding take place once or twice and then the doe can be removed and taken back to her cage. I do not leave the doe in with the buck for any length of time. For one thing I like to know the due date of when to expect the litter. I also have know of some instances where does attacked the bucks enough to cause life threatening injuries. So I always stay near by and remove the doe back to her own cage. If the breeding was not successful, wait a few days and try again. Sometimes the scent of the buck will help get the doe ready for breeding. Write down the day of the breeding and count 31 days from that date. This will give you an idea of when to expect the litter. Remember though they could come a few days earlier or later. Make sure about a week before to place a nest box in with the doe if their are no drop nest boxes in the cage. Provide nesting material, straw being a great choice. A few days before the doe is due I reduce the pellet ration down about a third to half, and keep it that way until she kindles. After the birth I slowly bring the pellets up to full amount over a few days. I do this to help reduce the chance of getting ketosis. I once lost a doe to this and learned this is the way to help prevent it. As the babies start growing the doe will need pellets increased. Do this slowly- to  much to fast could cause the doe to get mastitis. As the babies start opening their eyes they will slowly discover pellets and hay. Around 6-7 weeks old they should be eating well enough on their own and the doe will have weaned them completely. Around this time the doe can be placed in a cage of her own and the babies can stay together for a while. By 8 weeks they can placed in their new homes.

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German hybrids angora rabbits are the results of breeding a purebred German angora to another breed of angora like English, French, Giant or even Satin.  The reason for breeding the German hybrid angora rabbit is to have the wonderful qualities of both breeds in one bunny.    To have a goal of what you are trying to breed for is best instead of breeding randomly. Our goal is to produce naturally colored dense  wool coats  that stay even in color and growth.  Selecting only the best rabbits for breeding will help work towards that goal. The Germans bring in the dense wool coats although most are REW (  that is slowly changing with the import of one black German).  The  English, French,  Satin and even some Giants  bring a variety of lovely colors.  Each individual angora breed brings in their own special qualities, so care should be taken to know the differences and what they offer before deciding on a breeding pair.  Hybrid rabbits are great rabbits and fun to raise. Each new generation can bring beautiful bunnies that are fun to raise and have  wool coats that are a joy to spin.

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