|How did I become the owner of a Bunny Barn?
Once upon a time, I had 3 children involved with the Calmar 4-H club. They had to choose a project like beef, cooking, sewing, woodworking, small engine repair and so on. Since we lived in Devon, a small town, a beef project was out. That left ten other choices. My adventurous children chose a rabbit project. We started out with 2 American Fuzzy Lops and 2 Netherland Dwarfs. Over the years, we have also raised Mini Lops, Mini Rex, Havanas, English Angoras, English Lops and one Jersey Wooly. Eventually my children graduated out of 4-H and their interest in rabbit breeding. I, however, enjoyed having baby bunnies around and inherited the hobby.
My litte barn has a constant stream of visitors. It sits on the back corner of our lot and can house 20 rabbits. Adjacent to the barn is a very prolific garden, compliments of my rabbits :) My barn is insulated and I can plug in a heat lamp on very cold days. In the summer, I try and keep the smell and flies down to prevent offending any neighbours.
Over the year, I have won many legs, but when I was diagnosed with cancer, I had to cut down to one breed. At present time, I am trying to develop some winning Netherland Dwarf stock, mostly in BEW, Chestnuts, Siamese Smoke Pearl, Sable Points, Himalayans, Siamese Sables and Chinchilla.
The benefits of raising rabbits include: getting outside for fresh air and exercise, a fantastic garden, friends begging for bags of rabbit droppings, young people constantly visitng, friendships with fellow breeders, and lots of cute babies. The disadvantages are: never getting rich raising rabbits, cleaning the barn and trying to find a market for your pet quality rabbits. They say that people with pets live longer. If that's true, rabbit breeders should live happily ever after (or until death do us part).
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May 4th, 2004
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