Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hobbs' Oh Da Man- Solid Tort Sr Buck, nice boy, just gets better with age. I just have TOO many bucks!! I need to let some go. Nice lines, as always with the Hobbs buns. Carries dilute. Does have a teeny bit of ear control in one ear, but it is going away as his head/crown widens. $40
Hobbs' Moxee- Broken Tort Sr Doe, definitely a brood doe, proven. Has some awesome lines including Convention winners. Ears are long (that goes along with her large size and broodiness), but throws babies better than herself. Nice texture to her wool. Keep her home and breed her and make large litters. $30
I'm working on getting updated pictures, but please e-mail me in the meanwhile if you're interested.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Capone (BSB)- 1/8, BOV, BEST OF BREED Show A!
Hawttie (SJD), 1/3, BOSV, BOSB Show B!
I am so happy for the wonderful placements on just the three rabbits I brought. And my friends.. oh they did so well at the show!! Huge congrats to them all, especially Jennifer Henderson for winning BOB Youth Fuzzy Lop and then on to Best In Show with MG's Bubba Gump! Yipeeeee!!!
I have some dog shows coming up, and some other activities I need to do for a few weekends.. so the next rabbit show probably wont be for another couple months. That's ok, there is now plenty of time to work on some breedings :)
Monday, November 9, 2009
I brought one Fuzzy Lop, Puff Ball, and she placed 7th SSD out of 29!
I brought one Jersey Wooly, a Self Jr Buck, and he placed 5th out of 17!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I'm REALLY looking forward to a break from life for a week. I just want a beer, beach, and the small of the salty ocean for a few days. Pleaaaaaase.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Speaking of which.. I leave for Convention in 19 days!! OMG, so soon! I entered only 3 rabbits in the show (Fuzzy lops: SSD, BSD, and Woolies: 1 Self Jr Buck). The fact it's so soon has only just hit me. Now the excitement can begin!
PS... I have a surprise coming tomorrow! Will post with details once it's here!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm so very excited that my dearest friend Kristen (aka Keep), from Keep's Rabbitry (and hubby Tim!) will be coming all the way to California for Convention. I have to give her props for being so spontaneous. She's like me and has to plan everything out wayyyy in advance LOL. They are still finalizing plans on hotel, plane tickets, shipping the bunnies, etc. but I can't wait to have the chance to hang with them!
Convention also offers me the chance to get a rabbit back that I sold way across the country a year ago. It's available now and was offered back to me first. Oh I am so excited to get that bunny back. I'll share once I get back from Convention. Hehe.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- Securely lock your rabbit coops. I don't use actual locks. They are a safety hazard, and with my klutz luck, I would lose the key. I use lots of zip ties. There's a trick to know if someone has been messing with yours... I bring a sharpie and put specific line marks on them. That way I can tell if they have been moved, shifted, cut, or otherwise tampered with before I can cut them each day.
- Take a trip outside of the show room. I know many people say they don't have time to do other activities in the area that are "touristy", but these type of National shows bring us all across the country. Enjoy time to relax and get out of the rabbit scene for a short time. Your mind and your lungs will appreciate it. Sometimes seeing tens of thousands of rabbits is mentally overwhelming. Even when trying to purchase sale rabbits, deciding between so many can make your mind go numb. By going out to get lunch, doing an attraction or something else, when you come back you feel so much clearer and get right back into the routine.
- Sometimes the best sale rabbits are put up right after judging. Some breeders use the Convention results as a decision on whether a rabbit will be put up for sale or not before they leave. And some breeders flying home would like to take as short an amount as possible, so they will sell some cheap. I've even seen breeders GIVE rabbits away right before they depart, or make trades for babies during the upcoming Nationals, etc.
- If possible, bring your own feed from home. If you're flying, put it in your bag. Your rabbits will be more readily willing to eat the same feed from the same mill they have been receiving at home. If you're driving, bring water from home. Trust me, pretty much all rabbits will lose condition on the trip to Convention. You will want them to be eating/drinking as easily as possible to bring it back. Bring oats or treats that will make their food more appetizing if need be. Also, Convention will most likely have the food you are feeding available at the show room to use, but they can run out within a few days.
- When cleaning cages.. try to do it at least once a day. If you let urine soak the shavings it not only makes your rabbit miserable in its' cage, but it makes the noses on all of US miserable. And like feed, the shavings will run out pretty fast each day. Try to stay on top of it. I use a small handle broom and dust pan. You can get them at Dollar Tree or even Target/Walmart for $1.50 or less.
- If you know your rabbit is going to try to pee/spray every direction constantly, please use cardboard/plastic to section off your rabbit. Nobody wants to spend their time cleaning urine stains off a rabbit they had been keeping in perfect coat condition.
- Go to your breed club meetings, banquets, and events. Support your club! Also, even more so, go to all the ARBA events that are being put on. For example, this Convention we have Rabbitcon (educational seminars for 2 days), the Rabbit Fever movie premiere, and more. You will regret it if you don't.
Just a few tips and tricks to throw out there. If I think of more before the big week I will post them. Always so much to learn and discover at Convention!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Congrats to all the other placers!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Interested parties please shoot me an E-Mail and I will send your information over to the party. It's a good opportunity to get rabbits from that area sent over in a quick shipment trip for a lot less money than paying for an entire shipment.
Friday, September 25, 2009
There are others who feel the need to be negative in the hobby. No let me rephrase that, be down right mean. Sometimes I don't understand why people get so uptight about things. These are rabbits, right? Is everyone so passionate and competitive that they feel the need to be angry, negative, aggressive, or hateful? Is that it? Is there really a reason to talk about others? I know people have angered me and I am guilty just like anyone of thinking things I shouldn't, but I have never made it a point go spread lies or hate about anyone. It's not my desire. I see far too many people do that and it's a shame they really want to waste their time doing it.
I guess, the hobby is full of good and bad points. Because the good overpower the bad I stick with it and stay strong and let everything negative swirl around me do just that- stay away.
Keep the faith, hug your bunnies, and fill those nestboxes with winners.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
San Diego is going to be warm in of itself. Usually it's a maintained 80's in that area most of the year. I'm betting there will be a chance for a quick swim in the ocean while we're there. I'm going with my partner in crime Susie and her family. We'll be right at the beach in a cottage. I'm SO excited!! What a nice week long vacation.
Above I have pictured Lil'Bit Farms Tulsa. I am so thankful that I still have him as part of my herd post sell down. I really need to work on getting some babies out of him. Doesn't he have such a presence about him?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I did what many do when they aren't sure how to get the type that want in their rabbitry. Buy too many rabbits, and not the right quality. Actually, a good percentage of people end up selling their first set of "starter stock" because they find it's not what they want (or they bought cheapy bad quality stuff to start with). When you're new you're not sure exactly what you want your herd to look like, nor do you have the experience to know what to do with the rabbits you have.
Think of your very favorite rabbitry. I'm sure the rabbits they have all look a certain way, right? Some consistent type? Maybe a very characteristic bold head and thick chunky bone? These rabbits probably do some big winning at National and Convention shows don't they? Many of these breeders use a breeding system geared towards "setting" the type in their line. Their line keeps consistent characteristics that are expected generation after generation. So how do you start your line off right?
Start with a trio. A trio usually consists of 1 buck and 2 does. Many breeders use a trio with a line-breeding system. For example, breed both does to the buck, breed those babies back to the original buck and doe, etc.etc. You can actually do three generations worth of breedings starting with just the original trio of rabbits. Your end result? Rabbits that are going to be VERY similiar looking in type. The 4th generation will include an introduced animal to outcross into the line. Check out a linebreeding chart and informaton sheet Pam Nock put together. Great information for further research.
Buy the best you can afford. Always follow this rule. Buy the best quality rabbits that are within your budget. If you have to, save as much money as you can before purchasing your initial stock.
Search for your ideal "type". For example, holland lops have many different types, and hundreds of different breeders. Some have lines with heads or bodies that look a certain way. Sometimes the different styles are all within the breed standard, just geared towards a look to that breeder's preferences. Look for the type that you admire because that is what you're going to be working with generation after generation. You better make sure you can look at it every day!
Be willing to ship, if you're serious. I was the person always looking "outside the box". I did start with a couple local rabbits when I initially got into fuzzy lops to learn about the breed and maintaining them, but being the research fiend that I am.... I discovered some amazing fuzzies that were not local to me. They had the type I desired. I have had several shipments over the years. They require some extra work and negotiations, but the results can be fantastic. In some cases, the type is far superior to what you can find in your area and you can sweep the show tables! Or, there are some pockets of areas across the country that are very inbred (all the local breeders basically using the same animals/pedigrees over and over), and they would do well with some new blood. Obviously if you only plan on having a few rabbits, breeding a short time, or not being too serious in the hobby, shipping is probably not right for you. And it's definitely not worth it unless you can ship in 4+ rabbits as a one-way shipment runs usually around $250 (though sometimes Frontier has a $100 deal under 50lb.).
There are many ways to start a new herd off positively. If you're serious and willing to go the extra mile, all the efforts will be worth some tremendous rewards!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I showed one rabbit, but we flunked. It figured, as her wool was done and dead. I plucked about 50% of her wool last night and will probably finish the rest today. I'm hoping to have most of her coat in for Convention... but we shall see!
Congrats to my good buddy Susie (Wooly World Rabbitry) for taking BOB in both Youth shows with two different rabbits, and she also took BOS in Show A. BOS in Show B was won by a new youth exhibitor I believe? (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I'm off to the Stockton, CA rabbit show to show one rabbit, and see all my friends I haven't seen since the Spring shows! It will be nice to be in the scene again. Good luck to all going to shows this weekend, especially the big Greensboro, NC show!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
You’ve heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with the fascinating
world of rabbit showing? For the first time ever, this 100-year-old society is
Rabbit Fever follows a colorful collection of competitors as they
strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention – an
event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of
rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST
IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the
rabbit community – RABBIT KING and QUEEN!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Even through all the drama, 2 two month "break" from the rabbits, and all that was involved.. I am going to Convention. How could I miss Convention being SO close to home? Besides, after my first one last year in Louisville, KY I AM HOOKED! I am way excited to take the drive (8 hours) down to San Diego with some wonderful friends, enjoy the rabbit scene, the beach, maybe some amusement parks, and hopefully a great local Mexican food find!
I'm planning on taking at least one fuzzy lop. Probably only one.. but hey, we all know what can happen even if you only take one rabbit (cough, my BOSV fuzzy lop win last year, or cough, the BIS winning Belgian Hare last year an exhibitor sent with another exhibitor for her).
45 days, 6 1/2 weeks, whatever you want to lay it out like.. Convention is coming up quick!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Starlite Rabbitry was a name I held for at least 3-4 years. Maybe more! It's registered with ARBA, and became a name I was recognized by. Some people even just called me "Starlite"! I love stars, and that's why I originally chose the name. The problem is that there are SO many variations of Starlite out there. Starlight, Star Lite, Shooting Star, etc. I had several young and/or new breeders e-mailing me demanding I change my rabbitry name because "they had it first". Is it right for someone like me who has had the name for 4 years, show Nationally, and breed multiple litters a month to change my name for someone who doesn't even show in ARBA but maybe once or twice a year, and only has bred 2 or so litters? Who is in the right? In what way does it matter? I felt that I was also being confused with other Starlite variation people. Fanciers were getting me confused with other people. On a forum I'm on I even have two people with name variations of mine just in that little space on the web!
Besides all the confusion, I have been showing/raising dogs under the kennel name Kagee for well over 10 years. The word Kagee has even been part of my e-mail address for over 11 or 12 years!! When I first got my surprise black lab puppy (my first dog, my Aunt was the breeder), until I got her they called her "KG" meaning "Katie Girl'. It was a way to give her a name without me guessing she was meant for me. Once I received her it all made sense and I started associating myself with the word Kagee so much. I felt like with a new change in my rabbits/rabbitry, and the fact I already use it with my dogs, that it would be a good rabbitry name too. Besides, it's clever, one word, short, and unique... and nobody else will have something similar!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Please change all your bookmarks. Or if you follow my old blog, please follow the new one! Thanks!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Starlite was my rabbitry name. I bred quite a few litters, and you will see quite a few fuzzies out there with the Starlite prefix. I have been showing dogs for 10 years under the kennel name Kagee (pronounced kay-gee). This word means a lot to me and it's sort of the word I have associated myself with for what seems like forever! Shoot, I've had the word kagee in my e-mail address for over 11 years! I decided with new goals and aspirations, and new directions to go towards in my rabbitry that I needed a name change. A name change to show the changes in myself, and my herd. I think it will make for a great new beginning and help me keep a steady flow of recognition between the rabbits and the dogs.
I feel so much better. I'm back.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I can't believe it. We have lost two of the great rabbit people alive within a couple days of each other. This will probably go down in history as the most depressing week in the rabbit show world, ever.
Thoughts and prayers to Bob's family and friends. We will never forget you.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I decided to wait until today to post about this. I have been in such deep shock and mourning, I don't think I could have posted about it yesterday. Brian Hartzell passed away yesterday morning, and the rabbit world has almost come to a complete halt.
I've cried, I've been depressed, I've been in shock. I don't think the shows will ever feel the same. Brian's Fuzzy Lops were icons in the breed. Even in his Jersey Woolies. I could walk down the rows at Nationals and Convention and always pick out his rabbits. They were remarkable. You want to talk about a great breeder and judge... Brian was always at the top of the game.
I'll never forget how friendly he was when we first met at Nationals a few years ago. He let me go over all his winning rabbits, and shared his breeding secrets, and how he created his consistently #1 sweepstakes winning herd. And I loved how I would absolutely drool over his fuzzies, and he would joke "Nah, hey, you should see what I left at home!". He was always so proud of his rabbits, and he really truly loved his fuzzies.
I have, and will continue to pray for Brian and his family, and all the friends who knew and loved him.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We are having a big baby boom here. Finally. I feel like finally something is making up for the lack of babies I've had the past two years. I have always had some sort of issue when breeding for Convention/Nationals juniors, and usually leaving me without any to show. I've been extra careful this breeding round, keeping almost all of the nestboxes in my room and taking babies out for feedings until they are close to a few weeks old. I have 4 boxes beneath my feet as we speak!
Right now I have 27 babies at last count, with most being fuzzy lops and quite a few lionhead babies in there too. Most of the fuzzy lops are tort and orange (yes, a bunch of oranges!), with some random colors in there too like blue tort, some brokens, and even a chocolate or lilac tort!! It's too young right now to tell which it will be, but it's definitely not a regular tort. Both parents must be chocolate carriers way way back. In lionheads I have mostly all sable points. I love the color so I definitely don't mind. And for lionheads- word has it we will be allowed to show all colors at Convention in November that have a COD on file, not just the presented varieties colors. Very cool.
I have 7 more litters expected during this month, and then the Convention breeding bonanza will be over. If anyone is interested in anything for Convention, be sure to let me know!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Early morning came quick, and soon we were all enjoying a "local" show on the East Coast. I don't think I have ever really been to a "local all-breed" show besides California. So that was definitely an experience. The OH State Convention is a huge show. Apparently it's the largest All-Breed show in the country besides the ARBA National Convention. This is due to OH Mini Convention hosting multiple National Specialties and regular Specialty shows.
Lots and lots of cooping...hmm.. reminds me of Convention..
Yay, I found some fuzzies!
It was cold, so I was enjoying the sunshine outside for a break!
All in all, the trip was fantastic. I wouldn't take back the randomness AT ALL! It really made me feel so independent, and like a little jetsetter. heehhehe. I look forward to next year. Yup, you heard that right. Next year the 2010 Fuzzy Lop Nationals will take place with the OH Mini Convention so I will back!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On the home front we have our first Convention junior litters being born:
PFF's Tonka (Tort) x THF Saynora doe (Brkn Chestnut)- 1 chestnut, 1 brkn orange, 2 brkn tort
Starlite's Jamba (Orange) x THF Saynora doe (Tort)- 2 torts
Legendary Aristocat (Tort) x Hillsongs Ezzmerelda (Siamese Sable)- 1 sable point, 1 tort, 1 seal (My first lionhead litter!)
It's very exciting seeing all the new babies sprouting up in the barn. I have several more litters due in the upcoming weeks. Crossing fingers for some nice babies to grow out and show some promise!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
They are going to be a smaller project at this time, but I'm sure will quickly gain holes as time goes on and the barn expands.