Shearing Reports as we wait for Breeding Day
I spent this morning shearing rabbits. The does are due to be bred tomorrow and Wednesday, so I am spacing the shearings accordingly.
Sidney was a lamb to shear, and although her coat is not spectacular, her conformation, attitude, chocolate color and health are. So, she is due to rendezvous with Neo. Her clipping was 4 oz prime 3-4" angora and 2 oz waste. I expect tortoiseshell (if I am lucky), white, chocolate and black bunnies.
Grindle exceeded my wildest hopes and expectations. She had a prime coat of 10 oz and waste of 3.5 oz. My goal is a pound...eventually. This kind of report gives me hope, as I head in the right direction making breeding choices and moving some rabbits out when they don't meet the standard. She, too, will have a date with Neo. I expect the same colors in that litter.
Last spring and summer I was plagued by weepy eyes in the barn, and lost half of my breeding stock as I moved them to other homes when I couldn't clear up what was going on. Many of the rabbits are fine now...but they aren't here. A new buck arrived here 18 months ago and that was when all the trouble started. He left pretty quickly, but the eye thing had spread to the other rabbits. I still don't know what was going on.
At any rate, the herd I have now is in tip top shape and my breeding stock is all without a flaw. There have been years when I had only one doe to work with who met my standards, or one buck. I now have 3 bucks and 4 does.
I am very grateful.
By the way...Vanessa has a new home.
Posted by countrywool
at 1:32 PM EST