It really takes a lot to care for 20 rabbits!!! for the past few months we have been raising babies to grow our own herd and had few pet quality babies that we found forever homes for. I honestly cannot figure out how anyone can do all that alone.
Luise and I we spend at least 8 hours per day each day caring for them. We hold our babies daily,potty train them daily,groom and feed,take pictures and make videos and put them outside to play. As a mother I have my household responsibilities which include cleaning, cooking, managing bills and I never get a day off.
I don't know how other breeders that do not have the constant help from older children like I do,manage to care for their rabbits and their family alone, without neglecting something.
I'm so thankful for having both of my girls at home helping me and for my husband who supports our family allowing us to enjoy our bunnies daily without having to work outside of our home.
Rabbits in general are very clean animals, but especially if you are keeping them as pets, you will want to have a grooming routine so they look and feel their best!
Grooming your rabbit often will prevent them from developing matted fur under their feet and groin area. These are very sensitive areas and having matted fur in those areas, can be painful for your bunny.
When a bunny is in pain he can stop eating which in turn will start a GI Stasis case.
Keeping their nails trimmed often can prevent injuries for both you and your bunny. Rabbits with long nails can get their nails caught in fabrics and could result in broken toes. As you know a exotic pet vet visit can be pricey, so prevention is the best way to go.
I also recommend using the grooming time to bond and inspect your bunny entirely.
Grooming doesn't need to last hours, and can be a pleasant experience for both you and your bunny.
Here are some tips on how to start a good grooming routine
1-Be efficient. Make a plan of what you want to accomplish during each session.
2-Find the best time for your bunny. Try not plan grooming during playtime.
3-Have a routine. Rabbits love knowing what is going to happen in advance, so maybe plan your grooming session on the same day every week.
4- Start with a soft and calming cuddle/massage session. I love putting a tiny drop of lavender essential oil in my wrist before grooming. It seems to calm my rabbits.
5- Enjoy your time together!
We love having the fuzzy lops every once in a while. It seems like ANR Ace is the one with the gene that keep giving them to us. We have had 5 in the past few months. Our clients love the opportunity of getting clean baby fuzzy lops from us. We have kept Red the sable point as our family pet and we simply love him to pieces. He is potty training and have a run of the house. He has a routine set and loves socializing with us. He will be neutered as soon as he is old enough. All other Fuzzy lops are now in their forever homes,but if you like to reserve one, just click here.
Are you frustrated for not being able to pose your Holland Lop?
When I got my first Holland lop, Luise would spend hours practicing for her next show....lol.
The poor girl would just try, and try, and try but the bunny was,"so stubborn, he would not pose." Sound familiar?
As the Holland Lop guidebook states on page 64, and I quote " The truth is that if a Holland Lop has the correct conformation you do not have to manipulate them." end of quote.
So, if you have a Holland Lop that will not pose, it is probably the result of the rabbit having the wrong type.
Learning how to pose your Holland Lop can be challenging, but the Guidebook explains simply how to properly do it.
Next time you are grooming your Holland Lop, Use the Guidebook instructions to properly pose your rabbit, and if you can't...... Hint: you probably have a structure problem.
We have come a long way since we got our first Holland lops! So many frustrating experiences and disappointments but we persevered and now we are only 3 rabbits away from having only the offspring of purchased rabbits. Why is this important to us?
Well, our goal is to have our own bloodline,compete in shows and do well at it. We are very grateful for friends who have allowed us to purchase their rabbits but we believe that the rewarding part of being a breeder is to show your own rabbits. We have shown other breeder's rabbits but that just confirm what we already knew. We selected our animals from a great breeder here in Utah and we did so because we loved his animals, so is no news that such animals would do well in shows. The biggest accomplishments for Luise and I will be to show our own animals. Rabbits that we bred and raise. Show prospect that we selected as a baby and grew to be part of our show team! Now we are very excited because we only have three rabbits from another breeder and after they are gone to help someone else,we will be able to put together a team of our own homegrown Holland lops show rabbits. It is much harder to produce your own than buying!
As we now show in Open at ARBA shows we are excited to start showing ONLY rabbits that we bred, selected and raised.
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