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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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Spinning can be fun and relaxing while having that feeling of accomplishment after you have made that first skein of yarn all yourself.  As someone that may own an angora rabbit or two and have wool from shearing – you may be wondering how you can go about making something with this fiber when you don’t own any equipment.

angora fiber

angora fiber

As fun as spinning can be, I know from having raised my own family, their are other usually other things that take priority first. To go out and purchase a spinning wheel and drum carder can be quite costly.  Spinning your first yarns can be more budget friendly if you start with a simple spindle, a pair of dog slicker brushes, and some wool to add in with your angora fiber.

simple hand spindle

simple hand spindle

When first starting to spin with angora I always advise to add angora fiber to wool, as you gain confidence the ratio of angora to wool can increase. A simple spindle can be one you make yourself from a dowel rod and old CD, or their are many sellers of quality spindles on the internet or even a fiber store in your area. You don’t need to spend a lot to do the job, after they didn’t have fancy spindles back in the old days – they used what they had or made it themselves.

spinning angora fiber

spinning angora fiber

To card your angora and wool fibers for blending  a pair of dog slickers will be your hand carders. They won’t hold as much fiber as wool or cotton hand carders, but it works and gives you the opportunity to try it out. The thing to keep in mind when spinning your angora yarn, is twist. If your yarn keep coming apart – it needs more twist to hold it together. With these 2 simple basic items  you can now start carding and spinning with your sheared angora fiber and create your hand crafted yarns.

Soft Angora Socks

On February 6, 2011, in Photo Gallery, by tina

Soft and warm angora socks. Have you ever tried on a pair? Merino wool and angora wool make a great combination for socks.  Merino wool is so warm  and soft. Angora wool is 8 times warmer then sheep wool – and  so very soft and fluffy. They are both know for whisking moisture away from the skin which keeps you warm and dry. Winter weather can be rough enough and trying to keep your feet warm when outdoors working or doing sports is important.   And the softness against the skin- what a great feeling when its bone chilling cold out.  Of course their will be some of the fluffy halo that angora is known for as they are worn.  Their are angora/merino/nylon socks now being produced in North America by the IAGARB co-op. Some of the members pool the wool they sheared from their own angora rabbits they raise  and have it sent to in a Michigan mill which turns them into  wonderfully soft and warm socks.  Its wonderful to be able to now find a product that is unique as this and  know where the fiber is coming and how they were made.

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Winter Care

On January 18, 2011, in Learning Center, Rabbit Care, by tina

Its the middle of winter now and its been a very cold one here in the midwest and across much of the nation. Keeping the rabbits comfortable when they live outdoors is a top priority for healthy and happy bunnies. Water is the most important nutrient a rabbit must have. In the winter its a challenge to keep water in front of  rabbits that is not frozen. For caregivers it may be several trips a day bringing out fresh water. Some rotate crocks, others bring out hot water to melt the ice, and some are even using electric water bottles to keep the water from freezing. As long as the rabbit can get fresh water every day it will help them eat better. They need these calories when the temperatures tumble to help them keep their bodies in condition.  Check over the rabbits body on a regular basis, running your hand over their back and sides. It can tell you if they are keeping in condition or if they are losing weight.  If you find they are losing weight try giving them extra pellets and hay. Many use a variety of grains added to their feed over the winter months to add that extra boost of nutrients. A popular one is sunflower seeds. Oats, wheat, safflower seeds are just a few of the others that have been used. Their are different preferences to what to use, what works for one persons rabbit may not work with another.  Experiment with different grains and find out what works for your rabbits. What they prefer to  eat  and body condition over time can tell what works for you.

Keeping rabbits protected from the harsh winter elements is very important. If using an outdoor hutch make sure they are protected from winds, snow and freezing rains. Having the sides and back covered along with a good solid roof. A rabbit does need some fresh air so have part or all of the front open so they can have ventilation. Having rabbits in a shelter, barn or even garage is another good option. Make sure it is not air tight, they need some ventilation here to.  Just making sure they are protected from the cold winter weather will help keep a rabbit in good health.

When shearing needs to be done, looking for days the temperature will be a better for a few days in a row.  Days the sun will be shining and winds are not bitter are good. Rabbits sheared in the winter should  always be given extra protection so they can keep warm. When shearing make sure to leave  some wool length on them,  about an inch of wool in good. Stuffing the cage with lots of hay and straw will keep help keep them warm and give them something to nibble on to clean out their system at the same time. Making little coats out of fleece is another option or put in a box full of straw they can hop in and keep warm. Just make sure a sheared rabbit has some kind of extra protection to stay warm until the wool starts to show some growth again. Angora wool does grow fairly quick  so it won’t take that long.

To sum it all up when it comes to winter care your rabbits health and welfare depends on you to keep them comfortable and protected from what ever harsh winter weather comes your way.

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