Rabbit records

A seasoned breeder once told me that keeping records is the most overlooked, yet important, aspect of raising rabbits. I nodded and smiled in agreement, then realized I hadn’t seen my pedigree binder in awhile. Surely it was resting in the “safe place” I designated after the last time I lost my pedigree book and re-printed…

10 people you’ll meet at a rabbit show

More than 23,000 people throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad are registered members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The hobby is gaining popularity fast, especially as domestic rabbits become more common not only as livestock, but also as household pets. And yet, if you pull someone off the street and ask them about…

Everyday evenings

I constantly struggle with the desire to be a competitive exhibitor and the satisfaction of being a pet owner. Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy attending shows occasionally, but I’m easily overwhelmed by a barn packed with animals. With breeds that rely on “the numbers game” (high production, low retention), that’s a difficult…

7 guilt-free reasons to hang out in the barn

“Why don’t you ever leave the barn?” You’ve been there before. After spending a few hours breeding does, weaning kits, bathing bucks (I can’t possibly be the only one), you realize that “stopping in to check on things” has turned into an entire afternoon, and someone is tapping their foot on the front step waiting for…

Go shopping – NOW! And save!

If you didn’t hit the store, make sure you go tomorrow! Speaking as a person of faith, I know that scouring the shelves for after-Easter sales is kind of crummy. But my retail adventures have little to do with anything but commercialized bunnies. I digress. After-Easter sales are an EXCELLENT chance to stock up on…

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,…