We locked our barn down several years ago. This was done for our animals and our protection. This explains it.
I have asked if I could repost the following and was granted permission. She says it best! The following was borrowed from https://www.facebook.com/meadowmunchers/
Why animal breeders may not invite you in anymore
You’ve probably read somewhere, maybe even from me, that a breeder that won’t let you see where animals are kept or meet your animals is a big red flag.
That breeders who won’t let you meet the animals or see where they are kept must be hiding something.
Well that’s no longer true
Why you ask?
Because there is a vendetta in the USA right now against breeders, even the really good breeders.
Anti breeder types, be they from HSUS or PETA or other animal rights groups or overzealous animal shelter workers or other similar people are making it their life’s work to get breeders animal seized and stop all breeding.
Many times this involves lying, filing false complaints or worse- setting the breeder up.
Sometimes these people even gain the breeder’s trust or work for them.
No matter how clean your animals are.
No matter how well fed and clean your animals are.
No matter how careful you are to only breed the best and most fully health tested animals
No matter how much time and money you put into them and how much money you lose.
These people are looking to get your dogs seized, to get another “horrible breeder” story in the news, to use you and your animals to get restrictive laws passed.
Breeders now must not only do their absolute best , they now must guard against those that would destroy their life’s work and the animals they love for no reason other than hate.
So the next time an animal breeder grills you with questions, or meets you in their driveway or even at the shopping center in their town, don’t hold it against them – they may just be doing all they can to keep hateful people from destroying all they love.
**Side note — ALWAYS MEET IN PUBLIC PLACE and let someone know who you are meeting. If possible take someone with you.
Contrary to popular belief – Bunnies don’t always breed like we would like them too. Especially if you are anxiously awaiting a litter. It can become very stressful and dishearten when you can’t get rabbits to breed and have babies.
I have learned a few tricks over the years that have helped me.
- Add “mother” Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water. This will help does come on into cycle. We do this with all our bunnies.
- Put buck into doe cage.
- If doe isn’t mean then you can leave buck with her for a few days – I don’t care to do this because it can cause injury and you don’t know 100% if they mated or not.
- Breed on table – position doe and hold while buck mounts.
- Another trick is to swap cage with buck and doe – leave them in each other’s cages for a few days then place doe with buck.
- They say Parsley will help fertility but I have not tested that theory.
- You can also put them in a carrier and drive around town. There is something about traveling that seems to bring them in.
- Add light so that they have longer “daylight” time during those shorter days.
- Feed can also play a major role in breeding and fertility.
- Doe is considered “in” when her vulva is swollen and red. She will normally raise up on back end if you put your hands on her back.
- Does will also get very testy and grumpy when cycling.
- Don’t let virgin bucks get tore up by grumpy doe – it will make him shy and leery of breeding.
- Also make sure that buck has both set of testicles and doesn’t have spit penis.
- Another thing is to make sure that the rabbits are of appropriate age to breed depending on breed they are.
If you have any tips or questions- Please feel free to comment here. Don’t give up!
The first thing you need to do in order to get ready to register your rabbit is to be a current member of ARBA – You can sign up at www.arba.net
Once you are member then you will be given an ARBA number which you will use for registration.
Two more really import MUST HAVES are…
- Rabbit must be at least six months of age and must meet all senior requirements for their breed to be eligible for registration.
- Rabbit must have a COMPELETE three generation pedigree. *Imported animals are not allowed on the pedigree unless name and/or ear number is listed, along with variety, and weight of said animal. The word “import” alone is not acceptable. *Each animal listed on the pedigree must show complete name and/or ear number of animal, variety, and weight. **English lops must also have ear lengths. If registered, include the registration number – any animals after the registration number doesn’t have to be filled out. Each listed animal in the pedigree must be of the same breed as the one being registered.
If your good so far then you must find a licensed Registrar. They can be found at most shows and on the ARBA site.
Present your current ARBA membership Card. Individual names must be listed. Rabbit can not be registered under a company, rabbitry, family name, etc. If the rabbit is owned by and adult and co-owned by a youth, it can ONLY be shown in open shows.
Have a copy of your three generation pedigree to hand to Registrar.
Present your rabbit seeking registration to the Registrar. The Registrar will then examine and weigh the rabbit to verify it meets the standard for the breed. The pedigree will be reviewed. If everything is in order, the Registrar will proceed with registration.
Registrar will have the owner completer the pedigree portion of the application. Owner MUST proof the entire completed application. Sign only if correct.
Registration Insignia is then tattooed in the right ear of the rabbit. It is an R with a circle around it.
Sign and date registration applications and hand back to the Registrar. You will then receive a pink copy of registration application. Registrar will collect payment at that time which is $6.
Registrar will submit the application to ARBA office for processing. The registration application is submitted within 25 days from date registered. You can track your application from the time it’s received to the time it is mailed by going to ARBA and checking under “Check Registration Status”.
Application is processed and issued a Registration Certificate showing the registration number assigned to the animal by the Registrar on the day of registration.
A registration file is maintained in the ARBA office on the rabbit.
Have you ever heard someone say excitedly that their rabbit got a Leg?
HMMMM – I thought they had four ! You would be right, they do have four limbs. So what is a Leg?
An official certificate issued by a Show Secretary through ARBA sanctioned shows, designating a certain win. A “Leg” may be awarded for First Place in a class, BOB, BOS, BOV, BOSV, BOG, BOSG, or BIS. A rabbit can only get one Leg per show. To qualify for a leg there are a couple things that must meet the guidelines.
- Minimum of 3 exhibitors
- Minimum of 5 rabbits
- ARBA sanctioned show
- Must be judged by ARBA licensed Rabbit Judge
Sounds easy right? Not necessarily – If you have 20 rabbits and only 2 exhibitors then no Leg will is awarded. If you have 4 exhibitors and 4 rabbits then no leg can be received. This can be extremely difficult to get on rabbit breeds that are rare or just not as popular as others.
So what do I do with a Leg? Once you get 3 Legs with one being received as a Senior and if rabbit is registered then you can send in for a Grand Champion certificate. A rabbit can only receive one Grand Champion certificate but they can win numerous Legs.
This all helps prove the quality of your rabbits and makes them more valuable. There is also a pride in receiving special awards that rabbits you bred and raise receive.
You don’t have to have a pedigree on your rabbit in order to win a Leg.
You do have to have a pedigree on a rabbit in order to get a Grand Champion certificate and get it registered.
Good Luck and Happy Showing!
Did you know that you DON’T have to have a pedigree when you show a rabbit?? I get so mad when I hear someone say they were told they were not allowed to show a rabbit unless it has a pedigree. I have seen some very nice rabbits passed over because someone didn’t think they could show them, so I want to break this down some for you. You CAN show a rabbit without a pedigree – in fact they don’t even look or ask for a pedigree.
In order to show they do, however have to meet breed requirements. You can find out more about the specifications on each breed by the The ARBA Standard of Perfection which you can find at https://arba.net/
That means they have to meet the breed characteristics, meet weight requirements and not have any DQ (disqualifications) etc. in order to show.
Not having a pedigree does prevent them from becoming registered or granded out. This is not a requirement and I will go over what registration means later on.
We have a doe in our barn that came out of our stock but due to not knowing 100% which pair she was out of we chose not to guess and so she doesn’t have a pedigree. This all happened because we sadly chose to partner up with someone and it all went wrong, so not all litters got recorded correctly. We want to be 100% honest so didn’t try to guess on the litters and just started over.
Gracie went over all babies and hand picked the one she wanted to keep. The lucky bunny that was kept was a beautiful Dutch doe that she named GFF Breezy. She has earned 9 legs and has even won BEST IN SHOW!
Even if you don’t have a full pedigree you can build your own from the ones you have. Breezy will never have a full pedigree so will never be able to register her or Grand her out, but her great grandbabies will have a full pedigree.
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