Friday, December 2, 2011
We have 8 does due the first of next week, all very exciting litters. Mostly unproven does though *shudder*.
I am very excited to announce that we were asked to donate a holland for this years Convention trio! =D I believe this trio will consist of: Ivy Crescent, Washburns and Lil' Bit Farms.
Mom may attend the Cleburne show next weekend, not sure. I can't go due to a work function (PARTY) that I'm the chair of. They would probably tar and feather me if I skipped another one (I missed the Thanksgiving one due to Duncan).
I've been wanting to redesign and update our website but my first attempt resulted in finding out the software upgrade didn't include the graphic editor I wanted to use, sigh. Anyone want to design a new one for me? Darn, I didn't think so.
It'll probably be another couple of quiet months from me, so hunker down and stay warm!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Best of Breed: Kay Miller, SSD (RIS too!, congrats)
Best Opp of Breed: Us with Slim, pictured below, BSB
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We have put Lil' Bit Farms Kolby up for sale a few times. He's been spoken for/sold a few times. For different reasons it has never worked out and he ends up not sold. Every time Mom and I question ourselves and what he's thrown. Eventually he goes back up for sale. The only reason I can think of is we are not emotionally attached to him like we are our other bucks. Kolby doesn't have a coat, ever. He has a tight crown and pulls his ears back when you first pull him out. These are probably the other considerations when we need cage space and someone has to go.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Second, I mentioned that Wynn has never produced. I was wrong...meet Wynn's daughter
I'm not sure how I forgot about this chunky doe.
She will be six months old just days before Greensboro but we're thinking about taking her anyways. She will be competing against Karma's newly turned senior daughter. Our top two does daughters competing in the same class, should be interesting!
8 nest boxes in and 4 new babies!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
- I want that same show doe, both to show and to produce the next generation of Lil' Bit Farms Hollands (TNG of LBF). I figure if I've taken the time and energy to selectively cull and breed to get that doe then I should have first dibs on her.
- After a doe has had her show career, moved into breeding and successfully produced TNG of LBF, then we often sell that doe around 1 1/2 to 2 years old.
I want a show doe - medium
- We may be working on fixing a certain fault in our herd and even though she is show quality she just doesn't fit into our breeding program at that time. I consider a doe 'show' if I would put her onto the table myself. I DO NOT consider a doe 'show' just because she is free of disqualifications.
- I also cannot guarantee how well a Holland will show in any circumstance. Different areas, styles of Hollands and judges make this impossible to determine.
I'm looking for a brood doe - high to very high
- For me to consider a Holland 'brood' it does have to have certain qualities to rate it as such; bone, butt, head, depth etc. and in some combination
- One of our best does, Wynn, has not successfully raised a litter. Her big ugly sister had 7 (SEVEN) babies her first litter, raised them all and half were keepers. Show does are not always the best purchase.
I want a buck with thick bone, short shoulders and a nice head/ear/crown, the whole package - slim to none
- Again, I want that same buck, both to show and produce TNG of LBF. I figure if I've taken the time and energy to selectively cull and breed to get that buck then...you should know the drill by now :-)
I want a buck with a nice butt but I can fix the head if he doesn't have it - medium to high
- We just may have the piece you are looking for, it doesn't hurt to ask
- The above is just an example, feel free to replace the underlined with another flaw/fault
I'm looking for a brood type buck - high to very high
- For me to consider a Holland 'brood' it does have to have certain qualities to rate it as such; bone, butt, head, depth etc, in some combination
- Zeke 2 has never shown well for us but he throws very nice kids, multiple winning BOB/BOS kids. Looks are not everything, even in a buck
The faults I'm currently culling out may be ones that you don't have. My herd strengths could play well into what you need and visa versa. Hollands are the piece-iest rabbit I've ever dealt with. Fix one thing and other fault works its way in. It never ends.
Now to the end.
I DO NOT KEEP A WAITING LIST. I have tried, very unsuccessfully. Life happens, I just couldn't manage it. I placed a 'notification email form' on our sales page. I try and only put sales stock there. If you sign up you get notified when that page is updated. Simple and easy.
I DO KEEP A DO NOT SELL TO LIST.
PS - a high vased posed-long legged Holland does not = good bone and chest
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
How does one go from having rabbits as their 'life' to just doing it because they have to?
I do think every breeder goes thru spells. I am grateful to have my Mom to help with the chores
while I try and figure out what is next for me. Until then, the website is grossly out of date. Juniors have turned to seniors and moved onto litters with no pictures of their progress.
I am giving myself time and hoping one day soon to just 'feel it again'.
I do have to brag now before the standings change. We are currently nationally ranked:
Herdsman Points: 3rd
Monday, May 16, 2011
Levi - 4th solid senior buck
Zandria - 6th solid junior doe
Karma - 9th broken senior doe
Creme - 2nd broken senior buck (owned by our very good friends, the Ediger family)
(only our top 10 listed)
Day After Show: (to the best of my memory, this was a no comment card show, boo)
Levi - 10th solid senior buck
Zandria - 7th solid junior doe
Bentley - 16th solid senior buck (@ 7 months old)
Karma - 2nd broken senior doe (GAH so close!)
??? - 3rd broken junior doe
??? - 4th broken junior doe
??? - 14th solid junior doe
??? - 12th solid junior doe
Over all I am pleased with our results. Our juniors were molting like crazy and I am SHOCKED that our broken junior does placed at all much less that high considering the amount of fur flying off them.
Colorful May litters in the nest box:
Chestnut, black otter, blue, harlequin, lynx?, brk/orange?, along with sable point and blue torts!
I'm not sure about the colors on the lynx and orange. The orange may end up being a tort otter but the lynx definitely looks like a dilute agouti of sorts. Having the black otters pop really surprised me though. In fact, my apologies to Mom for doubting her when she told me they were. =D
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Mom has been diligently brushing the molty ones and I've been praying over those few who are now PRIMED that it lasts. (thanks Mom!)
I hope to work on a sales list this weekend. Unfortunately it will probably be ALL BUCKS! Does were far and few in between and the ones we did get are too young to evaluate properly.
We took a few weeks off to prevent litters under two weeks while we were in Ohio and I'm missing the babies.
In other news, we have 11 hens and a turkey that have decided to set. 11 hens much to Mom and I's disappointment. I've been earning scratch money selling fresh eggs at work and with so many hens setting it's cut our egg production down drastically. If anyone would be interested in the following please let us know:
Bantam Wyandottes (blue, black or splash) These are beautiful show birds from Garrett Justice
Splash or Blue Marans
Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes
We'll probably grow off a few to keep but I'm sure we'll have an abundance of chicks.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
In the course of reading some of my favorite blogs, I came across a quote on Timothy Chan's website. It was in regards to "love letters" and one particularly nasty one he received from someone. At the end of his blog, he writes
I thought this was particularly interesting. As people, we're bad about carrying rumors. I'll admit I've said to someone "Did you hear that so-and-so is going to sell out of X to get X from X?" We're nosy and we want to share our nosy with other nosy people.
Lastly, if you have heard anything that didn't come from me, those are what we call rumors and 100% of the time is not true. One thing I learned in this hobby, always go directly to the source.
There are, however, a certain set of people. Doesn't matter what age, gender, breed, etc. You know at least 2-3 of these people. They DELIGHT in making up nasty rumors about other people. They want to tear down their victims as people, parents, breeders- it doesn't matter how they do it, as long as they can do it. Fortunately, most experienced breeders know who the troublemakers are and can avoid them. If they hear something from a person like this, they can very easily say "Uh huh" and walk away knowing they were just fed a huge line of junk that is best ignored.
Newbies to rabbits are often the ones that fall the most victim to the gossipers though. "Oh no, you don't want to buy from __________. She kicks puppies and thumps kittens and her rabbits have snuffles and are pet quality and she charges $300 for them and I heard she pushed a kid in a wheel chair in front of a bus!"
Ok, that was a bit of a silly example (in part), but telling a newbie you'll get pet quality for huge prices- that often happens. Later, usually once the newbie has been burned by their new "friend", they realize that the person being talked about is completely different than they were led to believe.
How much trouble would be saved if the junk-talker would just try to be nice? Or if the newbie (or oldie) would not start trouble for the victim to get in good with their new "friend"? How much trouble would be saved if you just walked over to So-and-So and said "Hi! I'm new and I'm browsing- can I look at your sale bunnies? Would you explain type to me? How much do your prices usually run?" Go to the source. Is that person supposedly a horrible person? Try saying hi. Maybe they are just the victims of the rumor mill.
That isn't to say you will never hear true rumors. Sometimes someone will truly warn you to be careful around a person that is out to cheat you. You'll have to be burned a few times in learning who to trust and who not to trust. We all go through the "trial by fire" until we find our real friends and we discover the breeders we respect and trust.
Sometimes, a situation will blow up simply because there was a miscommunication. Maybe you don't think the rabbit you bought was worth $100 and the rabbit's breeder really does. Is that a reason to bash them for it? No. Remember- there is a difference between someone intentionally setting out to mislead you and cheat you, and between you two not seeing eye to eye on the severity of a fault or the quality of an animal. Be sure of the situation before you go telling people one way or the other.
In the meantime, let's all try to be better people. Let's work the rumor mill a little less. If you're a drama queen- STOP IT. And when you meet one of these people who make your life and the lives of other people miserable just because they can, or they get some kind of joy out of it- say "goodbye to bad rubbish" and turn the other way. You'll be better off for it, believe me!
Well said, thanks Kristen!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Karma is due today. I'm trying not to get too excited with it being her first litter, but I can't help it. Wynn and Karma babies at the same time, Oh em gee SQEEE (or EEEK, whichever suits you best!)
Two more does due this week and several due next week.
It's that time of year again where our website is severely outdated due to I-hate-the-cold-don't-do-pictures-in-the-winter-itis. I have big plans to update and overhaul the site. It's all up there in my head, so let's hope I can transfer that into real motion to get it done.
Our SJD Zandria won a double BOB in Duncan last weekend. The Holland numbers were tiny :( but she did have to beat out the seniors, so I guess I'll mention it. This is the same doe that won two BOS in Loveland. One judge swore up and down that she was a buck that had been wrongly placed in the doe class :) He did a double check on her 'parts' before anything else.
Our next show is Skiatook OK the 26th. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Entry deadline for Holland Nationals is April 8th. I've heard that someone has already entered. Really?! Wow.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
She won a double Best of Breed! To say we were thrilled would be putting it mildly.
I am a little disappointed that she settled the first time we bred her and thus ending her Spring show career but we're always striving for the next and hopefully better generation.
Show A - Scott R.
3rd SSB - Rory
1st SSD - Baby Ruth
1st SJB - Unnamed Zero kid
2nd and 3rd BSB - Kolby and Kizmo (at 6 months!)
1st BSD and Best of Breed - Karma
1st BJB - Unnamed Sabotage kid
no BJD shown
Show B - Gail Krall
I honestly didn't pay that much attention to the classes. I helped a friend show mini satins :)
Best of Breed - Karma
Best Opposite Sex of Breed - Kolby (Karma's poppa)
We were thrilled to get Scott at a Texas show. Thank you to the show staff for bringing him in!
Next month is Nationals. Egad. Where does the time go??
Stayed tuned for more Baby Daddy posts.
Any guess as to who the Baby Daddy is?
Below is another upcoming junior buck. (never a shortage of upcoming bucks) He's a Zero grandson. He's just starting to go thru his first head molt and I don't think his true cuteness is captured in this photo. He's got cute cheeks and ears and a nice wide body/chest! I can't wait to see him in a few more weeks. His sire (Ditto) is now living in Florida and he left us with several litters of all sons. (never a shortage of upcoming bucks) Sigh, thanks Ditto.
Spring shows have started in earnest and it's going to be hard picking and choosing which ones we can attend.
We've made our hotel reservations for HL Nationals and are hoping that we have a few to show out of this years crop of juniors. We will probably start working on a National sales list soon. I have a couple bucks already in mind for the short list.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
For those of you that don't know, dandelions are a wonderful all natural pick me up for sick bunnies. (just make sure they haven't been sprayed with any yard chemicals).
Laramie is still active in our breeding program. He is our go-to-guy when a doe is lacking height or uprightness. He usually puts a good front end on his babies. Quite a few of his kids have placed Nationally including, Shoshoni, Rory, Cheyenne and Laylah. My favorite upcoming Laramie kid is Bentley. I think he's the best buck Laramie has produced to date.
He's been retired from showing for quite a while now but his best accomplishment was his 2nd place at Convention - so close! I believe he has 38 legs.
Laramie will be 5 in a few months and I hope he gives me lots more years.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Mom and I went to a show in Loveland Colorado last weekend. The weather was superb! The show staff were wonderful (as usual). The fellow exhibitors were FUN FUN FUN. Despite the long drive home, I did enjoy the show.
We did so much better than I thought we would. Triple show, we won 2 Best of Breeds (Levi) and 3 Best Opposite Sex of Breeds (3 month old Zeke daughter won two and Karma the other).
Congrats to Laureen Wark for her BOB win with her gorgeous SSB!
Levi seems to be our under estimated winner. He never has a coat and we always hesitate to take him for that reason. It is those shows that he usually wins BOB. I think he has at least 8 so far. He came home from Colorado and decided to blow his coat so maybe he'll finish for Nationals?! He's never been to a National/Convention and maybe this will be the year he goes!
Pictured below is one of my favorite upcoming bucks. He hasn't been named and he's hardly been shown. He just turned senior. He's not the best upcoming buck in the barn but for some reason I'm in love with him. He's a Sabotage son. I had him up for sale when he was a junior and the sale didn't work out. I'm kinda glad. His color = <3
CN's BEL had a litter of four yesterday, a repeat breeding of Wynn. Two more does due. We have a couple of Ditto sons that are looking very promising. We are rotating out some older/foundation brood stock and putting our next generation into breeding. We're trying to get our Spring show schedule lined up. We're really wanting to go to the March NC show but the co$t of the trip worries me.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I have been terrible about keeping the blog updated. I'll try and do better, but no promises :)
I'll go ahead and stop this post here and save the show results, updates and a few pictures for later in the week. Maybe that will give me more incentive to do another post.