So here is the little sweetie that traveled home to Countrywool from Twin Ponds Fiber Farm at Rhinebeck.
She is a feisty little thing! Part Giant and part English, curiosity is her middle name. I adore a smart rabbit, and she is that. A lovely black color right now, she will lighten for sure, but Angela had great luck with Charmella not getting too light, and so I am hopeful that some of the black genetics that Terry Kunst has in her angoras is an improvement over what I have here in the Bunnybarn.
She is being kept in quarantine until late November. I always keep new rabbits away from the rest of the herd for 6 weeks, as this allows them a chance to acclimate to the place, the food and a few germs, without being overloaded. And likewise...my herd is protected on the off chance that the new bunny brought something contagious home with her. Most bunnies purchased at fairs have been on sensory and germ overload, and experience stress as a result of that. Many times a poor immune system will show a weakness right after the transition, with the rabbit's eyes watering, or sneezing being noted. It takes 4-6 weeks sometimes to crop up. These are rabbits I do not then use in my breeding program. There is no way to tell which rabbits will react this way, and so I rarely spend more than $50 on a fair rabbit. During these six weeks, she gets fed and handled AFTER the rest of the herd is fed and handled.
I really like her.