With that in mind, I listed Shortstop - our original buck and Midnight, daughter of Shortstop and Trixiebelle from our first ever successful litter.
|Shortstop - our first buck. Our main herd sire to date.|
|Midnight - Shortstop and Trixiebelle's daughter. (She's experiencing a little fur molting at the moment.)|
Initially we had very little interest.
Well, legitimate interest, that is.
We did have one lady who offered to buy all of the rabbits -- 12 rabbits -- all purebred, pedigreed, Silver Fox rabbits -- 2 of which were proven -- for......
Wait for it.....
Yeah, I have more than that in feed alone for a couple months. The Sr doe and buck are 1.5 and 2.5 years old respectively. That's a lot more in feed. Plus hay, cages, feeders, waterers, time, and love.
We'd sooner put them in our freezer than sell them at that price.
Shoot, I'd even PAY that much to have them processed before I'd just 'give them away' like that.
I had all but given up hope on selling any, when I got an e-mail asking if we still had any breeding pairs left.
After exchanging many e-mails, it looks as though we may be selling 4 of our rabbits. Shortstop - our original buck - and his daughter, Midnight, whom we bred to him for fair this past year. As well as 2 of the Juniors - a buck and a doe.
|The Jr. Doe.|
She's looking quite nice in color and shape.
|The Jr. Buck|
He's got some good silvering and his
shape is also looking pretty good.
I was excited, but as I realized what it meant, I also became a little sad.
Shortstop and midnight would no longer be 'ours'.
|Shortstop - he's a sweet little guy. He's been a good|
herd sire. He gets the job done and produces great kits.
Funny how we grow attached to these little critters, isn't it?
|Midnight - Selah is sad to see her go as she is our 'sweetest'|
adult silver fox. But... I like the kits her mom produces
better, so... the decision had to be made.
Right after getting all that arranged, another e-mail came in expressing interest in our Silver Fox rabbits. Unfortunately this woman has some of the bloodline that our rabbits come from in her rabbitry and is looking for new so she passed.
However, through this contact, I may have found a new buck to add to our group. YIPPEE!!!
Interesting how things pan out sometimes.
We'll still have some rabbits to process, but not such a daunting number at once plus we'll recoup some of the funds we've put into our little rabbit ranch and be able to further expand our breeding crop.
Not to mention... it seems as though the 4 we are selling will be the 'keepers' for this new rabbitry -- making it a little less sad to see our Shortstop move on to new pastures.
|The little Jr. doe. She's pretty sweet as well. Great silvering.|
|The Jr. buck. He was quite curious when we got him out for|
his picture. Also has some nice silvering. Shortstop
really brought that to the table in our rabbitry.