We believe that Giant/German angoras are the perfect small stock for the urban or rural homestead. They are dual purpose rabbits producing wool on a full sized body. Their valuable fiber is warmer than sheep’s wool & wonderfully soft. It is the perfect companion fiber for our Finnsheep wool. Domestic rabbit meat is mild, delicious & can be used in any recipes calling for chicken. We are striving for beautiful white fiber on a meaty frame.
Our rabbitry consists of a trio, adult German/Giant hybrids and one French Angora doe. We plan to remain small with 4-6 does & a couple of bucks. Does & their offspring live together in a colony. Bucks are housed in separate cages so we can choose the timing of litters.
What We Select For
Rabbits were my first livestock when I began homesteading in 1981. Through the years different breeds have captured my attention. For a few years, exhibiting was a focus and I bred and finished some grand champions. Interests have changed and practicality has won out. We are interested in producing the perfect dual purpose homestead rabbit.
The fiber is harvested every 90 days. There is no patience for trying to hold a coat in order to show. The fiber is more valuable to me as spun yarn than it is sitting on the rabbit. I want a rabbit with sufficient density to supply a decent amount of wool each year. Not being a fan of extensive grooming, there must be enough guard hair development to prevent matting. In short, an easy care coat.
Giant angoras are dual purpose and the secondary function is meat. We have replaced meat chickens with rabbit and so body type and weight are important. Reaching 5# butchering weight by 12 weeks is optimal.
This is the least important aspect, for us. While rainbow litters are exciting, color can also be a distraction. Focusing on breeding for quality fiber on a solid, meaty frame is enough. Color genetics can also become a nightmare when unexpected/unrecognized colors pop up in a litter. We will be focusing on ruby eyed white rabbits.
Feed and Maintenance
One goal for our farm is to feed no genetically modified feed to our animals. Our rabbits do well on a diet of homegrown fodder (sprouted from barley, oats, wheat, or rye), plenty of hay, and 18% pellets. In the spring, we will be feeding organic pellets. Various weeds and grasses supplement the diet in spring, summer and fall.
Minerals are essential for optimum health. We feed loose minerals free choice.
Rabbits are fed an herbal blend to create an inhospitable environment for worms and coccidia. They are routinely checked for mites, vent disease, pasteurella symptoms etc.
You are welcome to visit the rabbitry by appointment prior to purchasing a rabbit. We understand the desire to see the rabbits’ living conditions, overall husbandry and quality of the breeding stock before committing to purchase. Never have we had sickness or disease transmitted by a visitor. We do not sell cull animals as pets. Older does may be sold as fiber animals. Non breeding quality rabbits provide food for our table. Because we cull heavily, we offer few rabbits for sale.
Angora Rabbit Care Resources
I won’t reinvent the wheel by duplicating information that is covered elsewhere on the Internet by those more experienced than myself.
Margaret’s Angora Rabbit Guidebook Here is a great, free resource that includes articles, a forum & a guide to general care. This is a must read for novices whether you wish to begin raising a barn full or just keeping one or two as pets. Information on house training is found in the guide.