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    Default My first litter :)

    The first babies were born on my little urban homestead 28 days ago. As you might imagine, it started with boy meets girl



    Fluffy McPuffersons (left) and Mittens (right) are both blue french angoras. But at first I was a little concerned they had a little hippo This is the first newborn, the other 6 waited until evening.



    Day 3 the teeny tinys already had their fur



    Day 15 we were down to 5 babies, but they all finally opened their eyes


    They started using mama for a bed around day 22


    Day 28...just taken this afternoon. They are starting to poof out into little tribbles.


    These babies will be ready to be sold as pets/fiber animals just before Christmas. Springs litters will be from my New Zealands for meat.

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    How precious!!!

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    Uh-oh. I used to breed rabbits and have been seriously considering getting into meat rabbits for our own, personal use. I found someone in town here offering young ones for a decent price...and now you go and post new baby pics! Should I take it as a sign from the universe? Good luck with your new kits! They're awfully precious!


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    Vigilant20, you are living my dream, you know! I'm shopping for NZs right now, but I love to ogle the angoras... my neighbor growing up kept them (she was foreign) but since I don't knit, I can't really see the point--only person I know who knits is my Mom, and the my effort/her appreciation ratio just wouldn't justify 'em. Sooooo cute, though!
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    Just what I'm eyeballing- though I once had a champagne d'argent somehow or another, and I'd love to have more again. Beautiful creatures, and the kits are adorable (but aren't they all)! What are prices like your way, Zhoen? I'm finding most around $40 for, say, 12 week olds, up to $75 for pedigreed show stock, down to $15 for 'just take 'em outta here please'!


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    They are beautiful & your pics are great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Such sweet little things! I have an English Angora and a Lionhead pair. They are neutered, so no babies here, but it amazing the amount of fibre that Angora produces! I think I get more fibre from him than I do from any one of my goats!
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    Khaksi, I haven't priced the angoras, just ogled, but for the meat rabbits, I've seen everything from "2 6-month-olds and cage, $25" (was an ok cage, too...) to the prices you're seeing-- $40 for juniors, $75ish for Pedigrees. Unfortunately, there's very few available nearby, so I'll likely be driving an hour or two when I'm ready... There's one guy about 15 minutes from here advertising them for $10, but I'm wondering if I'll find that place to be a scary house-o-pee... (not that the rabbits can help that, of course...)

    Unfortunately, I am still hunting for the right housing set-up for them before I get them. We have some truly determined predators that tore up my first (pet-grade) chicken coop and keep trying with the current one, so I need strong housing for them before I bring them home. That's *MY* dinner, not some possum's! ;D
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    Mine were $40 each too. $10 does sound scary for Angoras! But it's what all my NZ were.

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    The $10 guy says he has new zealands and NZ/Flemish crosses as well as Californians. Now you've got me searching Craigslist (actually, have been doing it all week) trying to find a good-enough hutch. Enablers, all of ya! ;P
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    I blame vigilant for posting such lovely pictures. Congrats, 'Grandma'!


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    aww, how cute! Thanks for sharing your pics. We raise blue-eyed dwarfs and they are a lot of fun. I have to love the fur on your bunnies

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    At some point they'll stop getting cuter, but it hasn't happened yet First weighin!


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    All right, you enablers... after reading this thread, I just.couldn't.take.it.any.more!!!! So EXACTLY 31 days ago I drove with my kids to Virginia to a TSC parking lot meet and found some wonderful rabbits. We brought them home in a carrier. Just.one.carrier. And this morning, EXACTLY 31 days later, we went from 3 rabbits to 13! I guess I should be happy he only knocked up one of them on day 1...

    I'd post pictures, but my little rhinoceri look just like Vigilant's first picture, so there you go... some black ones, some pink ones, and some pink-with-black-spots ones... it will be interesting to see how they fur-out... Mom's a black-and-white NZ mix with long-ish hair, Dad's a ginger-brown rex (so-o-o-o-oft!!!)

    I'd love if they get fur in 3 days like yours did, Vigilant! I'm worried about them being warm enough.

    And while the plan since before getting them has been for meat, DD6 has ALREADY begun the "Save the bunnies!!!" campaign. I'm looking at my calendar trying to time it so a new litter is born just before this bunch takes off to freezer camp... a steady supply of fresh cuteness may help soften the blow...

    I repeat, y'all are a bunch of ENABLERS!!!
    In times like these, it helps to recall there have always been times like these.

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    Oh how adorable they are & growing fast! I love bunnies we've had three bunnies and they are such sweet pets. Do you use their fur to knit? Enjoy them all!
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