Anyone in PA/MD breed rabbits ?

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by Julie, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. Julie

    Julie New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    I am curious for two reasons ... 1. I'm looking for some Flemish Giants, and some English Lops
    2. I'm really getting into this "bunny stuff" and am working on getting some pedigreed rabbits and getting into breeding and some showing.

    So far I am getting English Angoras, Flemish Giants & hopefully English Lops.
    I have an English Angora on hold already .. it will be comming home in November
    And I might have another English Angora and a Flemish Giant on hold.
    I did some logo work for this lady who breeds/shows them, and that $$ has went towards the bunnies. (which is why now I need to get some rabbit houses, etc. made - although I DO have hutches,crates, etc. if I don't get the houses done)
    They're on my website http://juliesgiants.tripod.com

    So now I'm looking for some breeders, because if it doesn't work out for me to get the flemish giant, and the english angora from this lady, then I need to find another breeder, or wait until other litters from her. She's in WV ... I'm in the "tristate area" in Southern PA ... near Cumberland MD, East Northern Ohio, Keyser's Ridge WV, etc.

    I am finding that the English lops are ESPECIALLY hard to find ! But anyway, any breeders out there ? I'm looking for breeders that I might be able to buy from, as well as obtain advice/info from.
     
  2. HollowbeadRanch

    HollowbeadRanch New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    NW Alabama
    I don't mean to get off topic here Julie (and if it is too off topic just let me know and I will jus start a new thread :wink: ), but I have been considering getting back into rabbits for sometime now (raised them when I was a kid for a little while), and I was wandering what your favorite breed is and why? I think that is why I have been holding off... I have been trying to read up on different breeds and such but just haven't come to a decision :shrug:
     

  3. Julie

    Julie New Member

    464
    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    I'm the same way - I had rabbits when I was a kid, and ever since I "grew up" and got married ... I haven't had any. Now I'm getting back into them. I didn't breed before though (or atleast not purposely) so I've been doing alot of research and learning about that. I plan to show and breed.

    My FAVORITE breeds (after researching all the breeds) are :
    Flemish Giant, English Lop, French Lop, And English Angora (not necessarily in that precise order)
    I love the Flemish Giant because (obviously) their size.
    I love the English Lop because (obviously) their big ears (so unique !)
    I love the French Lop because of it's ears & size
    and I love the English Angora because of their puffiness (although they need brushed/groomed)

    I am getting into the Flemish Giant, English Angora, and hopefully the English Lop.
    I have an English Angora baby on hold now (see my website and go to the English Angora page - http://juliesgiants.tripod.com ) Her name is Peppermint :)
    And I have a "chance" at a broken chocolate English Angora, and Blue Flemish Giant baby as well, but not certain yet if I can buy them or not.
    They're all registered/pedigreed and show quality. Well, the broken chocolate is a "blemish" in the English Angora Breed ... so I'm not sure how "showable" it will be, but I LOVE the brokens !!

    Anyway, I'm really getting addicted to the bunny thing! I'm an "all around" animal lover ... I love my goats, and I love all my other animals, and there's still always room for more ;) hahaha !

    I really wish I could find some local breeders ! I found some breeders of the Flemish Giants, but the breeders in my area breed non registered buns, I want registered. So the breeder I found is in Southern WV ... WV isn't far from me, but the place that SHe is in in WV IS ... she's like 3 hours from me. But we're working it out ... my Dad works in WV, not TO far from her, so I'm gonna see if he'll pick up my bunnies.
    But I STILL need to find an English Lop breeder ... I don't know WHERE to get them from.
     
  4. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    i raise bunnies and the friend whose house i keep the goats at is major into bunnies. she isa registrar and both her parents are judges

    but were in socal.. i love tans. best rabbits ever. end story

    then its rhinelanders and spots..

    did mini rex fr a few years.. got sick of them real fast.. but if you need any assistance, i check this thing like a bajillion times a day
     
  5. Julie

    Julie New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    Awesome !!! I'll be sure to ask you questions ;) I also am a member of a rabbit forum, so I do go there alot to :)

    btw ... what's tans ??
     
  6. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

    go to arba.net and go to the breeds page and look at tans


    also heres a few pics of some of my old tans. i only have one now
     
  7. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    :drool: I love his color! I have only had rabbits as pets when I was little. None of them were that color!
     
  8. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    their color is amazing, they come in four colors
    black, blue chocolate and lilac.

    i had one chocolate.and he was soo hard to get legs on since his color would get horrible, so when i get back in after college i'm only raising blacks, i may get a blue or two to try and get darker color on them , but blacks are soo flashy
     
  9. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    I am starting on Californians. I really love them, what is the main use for tans?, I like them.
     
  10. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    fur. their coat never loses the luster
     
  11. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    I have an Uncle that's been breeding rabbits for as long as I can remember. He lives in Indiana though.

    My favorite breeds are: Jersey Woolies and New Zealand Reds...

    I've never had a Jersey Wooly--I just like the way they look...but the Reds were the nicest rabbits ever! One of my Reds was so tame that I would put clothes on him and lay him in my baby doll cradle...lol...he would just lie there on his back and let me rock him...sometimes he would fall asleep!
     
  12. HollowbeadRanch

    HollowbeadRanch New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    NW Alabama
    Are any of those Minis? I had thought about doing one of the Mini breeds... maybe a Mini Lop :shrug: (because I LOVE the ears and would prefer the smaller breeds to the larger ones I think). I had thought that if I could find any breeders around here that I might get a few to tide me over until I rebuild my goat herd next Spring. Still doing some research though....
     
  13. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    HollowbeadRanch--Jersey Woolies are a small breed...and super adorable...of course, so are mini-lops...I would go to the ARBA website and look at some of the breeds--there are tons!
     
  14. Julie

    Julie New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    The English Angora's aren't real big either. They're not TINY, but not large either.

    Keep in mind though .. with any long hair breed you will need to brush them regularly.

    Netherland Dwarf bunnies are small, but I've heard that they're not very affectionate usually.
    Hotot is a smaller breed to ... I love their small ears :)

    Search bunny breeds, there's all kinds.

    Also ... there's a GREAT ... VERY ACTIVE rabbit forum. If you're interested, let me know and I'll get you the address to it. I'm a member there - that's where I've been doing most of my learning. That and research. Plus I had rabbits when I was young.
     
  15. HollowbeadRanch

    HollowbeadRanch New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    NW Alabama
    Sure Julie, I would LOVE to have that link! I am all for learning new things :wink:
     
  16. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    mini lops are huge! they weigh like 8 lbs average.

    holland lops are like 3 pounds
     
  17. Julie

    Julie New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    Southern PA
    Well guess what ... sounds like I'm getting a "Giant Chinchilla" bunny tomorrow :)

    I wanted a flemish giant, but have had a hard time getting one - for various reasons. So I found this breeder who's local that sells show quality, pedigreed Giant Chinchillas. He has 2 litters available right now. So in the morning I'm going there to pick my baby bunny out :)
     
  18. HollowbeadRanch

    HollowbeadRanch New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    NW Alabama
    congrats Julie :stars: We will require TONS of pics!!!
     
  19. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    haha chins are cool. we had a standard doe once and she would have 10-12 babies at a time and keep them all no problem!