We just bred for New Zealands so it will be 3 months before any are ready for pickup. Demand for them spiked and we hadn’t done any breeding over the summer because of the heat. We will have purebred New Zealand Reds and some Satin/NZR hybrids. In other news, our rabbits in the Bahamas have been doing well and even outperforming their TAMUK counterparts. We are still conducting research as to the reason for the difference in project vs actual performance of TAMUKs to NZR. There are talks of a satellite facility being built in Florida to support these efforts which I intend to run. Although it could be months or years before it’s up and running. We did find potential buyers for meat and pelts in Tulsa, OK. That deal is still in negotiations as well.
We have been very successful rehoming rescued rabbits lately which is nice. We just sold 2 Harlequin/Dwarf mixes to a good home, female siblings. Starting January we are increasing the prices for rehomes to account for the extended period in which we care for them. We have been waiving the rehome fee for those who can’t afford it, but the turnover on rehomes is slower than the rate at which they are surrendered. The new price will be $100 so all of our rabbits will be $100. Whether its rehome or in-house. This takes into account the medical care provided, food, and the caging materials.
I’ve noted in my research that the classification of domestic rabbits seems off. For instance the color orange is called red, the otter color pattern isn’t breed specific, and NZW/NZR have similar ancestors, but are completely different breeds. I think scientific study of breed characteristics and a more specific classification system are required. In addition we need Breeding compatibility charts to prevent double instances of harmful genes such as dwarfism and promote hybridization in compatible breeds to promote genetic diversity. I still receive no support in any of my research so I will be conducting studies independently for the time being. I am looking for a Eastern Cottontail doe as part of my wildlife rehabilitation program. Many Cottontail habitats have been destroyed in Florida and lots of baby cottontails displaced because of pets and urban sprawling. My hope is to breed a couple litters to stabilize the populations as they are not well tracked by state governments. A presentation at the WLS conference this year confirmed that along with some of my fears. I’m doing my best to save the wild counterparts, but acquiring specimens is expensive and tedious. I’d also like to branch out to American Pikas in lieu of the US decision to keep them off the endangered species list despite warnings from the IUCN.
I know this is a lot of info and I haven’t been posting frequently but I will do my best to keep you all updated. Thank you for all your support.