Thoughts on Easter bunnies

It’s happening now, the store shelves are stocked with rabbits and chickens and small baby ducks. Spring time is coming, and Easter’s on its way, so once again, I have to say: Don’t buy a bunny for birthdays or Easter, a chocolate replacement would be much sweeter. You see, real rabbits come with strings attached,…

Snow day!

It’s a snow day at Oak Ridge Rabbitry! These are some of my favorite wintry days…locked in the barn cleaning cages, putting in nestboxes, weaning babies. I’m ready for springtime! But until then…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

2015 PaSRBA Convention

I enjoy every show. It’s always fun to get out with the bunnies and “recharge.” But there is one each year that I look forward to just a little bit more than the rest. The Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders’ Association annual convention is the second largest rabbit show in America, right behind the all-state national…

Adoption Fee vs. Sale Price

It happens all the time. “Okay, great! How much are you asking?” I list my price. And I never hear back. And if it’s not direct, it’s a condescending implication posted somewhere online about how breeders exploit animals for profit. Let me ask you this: Have you been given a free animal from a shelter…

Goodbye, Craigslist

Craigslist is a fun place to buy livestock, sell livestock … or, apparently, die. Over the last 14 years or so, I’ve used Craigslist a lot to connect with people who are looking for pets or show rabbits. I’ve never had a bad experience. I’ve always met the folks in person, at a public place,…

Take it With A Grain of Salt

In 14 years of owning rabbits, there is one thing I’ve found to be constantly overlooked: Salt. Think about it – how many times have you seen salt or mineral licks in stores and been assured that it’s not necessary for rabbits? I’m raising my hand right along with you. Until last year. One of…

5 Ways to Improve Your Breeding Program in 2015

Each new year is a chance to make changes to your breeding program. How can you strengthen your herd for the coming year? How you can you meet the goals you’ve set for yourself? 1. Take inventory. Be honest with yourself. How many does with tight crowns do you really need? How many bucks with…

Break it down: A cost analysis

Note: This is a Facebook post I shared to our rabbitry page on May 19, 2013. It seems to have resonated with others in the rabbit community, as it gained more than 250 likes and more than 100 shares. At the time, I was seriously aggravated with an inquiry I got from an individual who…

So God Made A Rabbit Fancier

I composed this poem and originally posted it to my rabbitry Facebook page on June 3, 2013. It is inspired by “So God Made a Farmer,” the speech given by Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey at a 1978 FFA convention. ……. And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need…

2014 accomplishments

What have we been up to in the rabbitry this year? It’s that time of year again! Time to look back on last year’s resolutions and see how we did, then make new promises for the coming year: 1. Renew my membership with ARBA and HLRSC. Become a member of ADHRC. ACCOMPLISHED. 2. Last year…