The bucks are getting all...er...warmed up with thoughts of spring in their minds. I am planning for breeding to start in 2 weeks, which gives me a window to get everyone clipped and cleaned up. Tomorrow Neo (pictured left at a younger age, but his behavior remains the same!) gets his winter coat shorn off. Then Gunther, his latest son, gets the same. That will leave the bucks all set to go, as Zwart is in short coat already.
But, they are already ready to go. Neo is beside himself with anticipation. I may have to send him to the Guy Barn to chill.
Plans are to have Grindle, Gretchen and Sydney rendezvous with Neo and Zwart in 2 weeks. But plans don't always pan out here, so stay tuned for what happens.
It has been my experience that rabbits in short coats will be more responsive to the mating process. And does that are newly shorn (within 24 hours) are the most responsive. So, in that vein, everyone EXCEPT the three does will get their coats off in the next two weeks, and they will then be shorn the day they are bred.
Wish us luck. I have 6 people waiting for new bunnies, plus I need more tortoiseshell and chocolate colored angoras to stay here in the barn crowd for fiber, so 2005 will see many, many litters here at the Bunny Barn.