|Posted by Steve Collier on February 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (1)|
Spring 2013 is just around the corner and this year looks pretty promising for Pet Rabbit Ridge... I did loose two litters in the cold weather of winter, but that is to be expected from time to time... Young and inexperienced mothers aren't as good at protecting the Kits as well as the old veterans, and small litters are partially to blame... I have found over the years, the larger the litter in the winter months, the better success rate you have because they are more capable of keeping each other warm...
Dwarf Rabbits are always the hardest breed to try to raise in the winter months because of the naturally small litters... Usually 2 to 4 per litter makes it very difficult for them to stay warm in the colder months of the year in an outdoor facility... I usually wait until late January to breed my Dwarfs in the winter months to give them a better chance of survival, but it really all depends on the weather...
People have often asked why I charge so much for the Dwarf Breeds (Usually $35.00 each), but when you think about the litter size compared to the other breeds I offer, it is really just a matter of econimics... A litter of Dwarfs usually net me $70.00 per litter to house and feed a Buck and a Doe for a 2 month period, when I can get a litter of 6 to 8 kits from my Mini Breeds that I sell for $15 to $20 each depending on the litter size... This means, for the same space and feed cost, I can make anywhere from $90 to $160 for the same amount of space and feed from a slightly larger breed... In the past 5 years, my feed cost alone has gone up over 60%, so I have to keep raising my prices to meet my costs...
I have also had to go up on the prices of my Custom Built Pet Pens this year due to rising costs of materials... Even with the increases I have implimented, I am seeing less profit per invested dollar than I did only 3 years ago... Most of the increases in my material and feed costs are a direct impact of higher fuel costs... When the price of fuel goes up, everything that has to be delivered or grown has to go up to to meet the rising costs the manufacturer or farmer has to endure...
I have been in business managment for most of my adult life, so I understand about having to increase the cost of my products to meet the rise in costs that I have to pay... I still try to give everyone the best deal available and still stay in business, but it's hard sometimes for people to understand why your prices have risen so much in the past 5 years... There was a time when I could sell a Pet Rabbit for $5.00 and feel happy about it, but now if I have a large litter of 8 or more, I have to have at least $10 each just to meet my feed costs...
I have heard from several people that my business is "Unique" because I offer "Custom Built Pet Pens"... Aparently there really isn't anyone in the area that offers what I have to offer... Quality Built Pet Pens at Affordable Prices !!! When you buy one of my "Custom Built Pet Pens", you can be assured you are getting the Best Pet Pen available on the market today for the price... If you own a Rabbit or are thinking about buying one, you may also want to think about buying a Pet Pen that will last the life of your Pet and then some...
|Posted by Steve Collier on October 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
I was just checking on the site and noticed I haven't posted any Blogs since Easter... and next week is Halloween !!! Time sure flys when you are having fun... Or staying busy as the case may be...
I really got to thinking about my breeding schedule when I realized that November is almost here... One thing I have learned over the years is to always plan ahead, and since it is almost November, that means I only have about 3 breeding cycles to go before Easter !!!
If any of you Rabbit Breeders have followed my advice, this is a great time to break in those new breeders that were left over Pets from last Easter's sales... I currently have 11 Breeder Hutches to work from, which seems to meet the demands of my current Breeder License which allows me to sell up $5,000.00 in gross sales of Pet Rabbits every year.
As new Breeders are Bred, I have to make room by releasing some of the older, less productive Rabbits. The released rabbits stay close and expect to be fed every day at feeding times as they have all their lives. Even though they have freedom to eat any vegetation they want, I still provide Feed and Water twice a day to help keep them healthy in their old age... and they still love to come up and be petted as well.
People are facinated that my dogs don't bother the released rabbits... but for that matter, they don't bother the Free Roaming Chickens in my yard either... I have learned that most Domestic Animals will co-exist in the same environment as long as they are allowed the freedom to do as they please (excludeing hurting one another), but much of this comes from proper training of the more dominant animals.
I am expecting 4 new litters in the next couple of weeks from New Breeders which include : Lionheads, Smoked Pearl Dwarfs, Holland Lops and Blue Havanas... If all works out well, my third breeding cycle will be just in time for Easter when these young Breeders are in their Prime. I really hate to try a "New Breeder" at Easter time, because you never know what to expect until the second or third litter.
I have been trying to expand my variety of Pet Rabbits here at Pet Rabbit Ridge ever since I started Breeding Rabbits... I hope this next Easter Season will provide my customers with a wider variety than any other rabbitry in the area... A wider variety equals increased sales by capturing a larger market... but it all revolves around planning far in advance... So don't be afraid to start planning now for your Spring Sales.
|Posted by Steve Collier on February 11, 2011 at 3:39 AM||comments (0)|
We have moved Jones Road Farms to a new location that will hopefully help increase sales... Our name has also changed to "Pet Rabbit Ridge" and we are located just 2 miles south of Clarkesville, just off of hwy 197 south... The new address is
348 Raccoon Ln.
Mount Airy, Ga. 30563
Phone : (706) 499 - 3683
This is a very busy time of year and I have been breeding non-stop every since early December in hopes that I will be able to provide an abundent supply this Easter Season.
I am currently building new Pens for our new location, and have decided to sell Feeders, Drinkers and Feed as well as Pet Pens and Rabbits this year. Hopefully the added products will attract more customers.
|Posted by Steve Collier on November 16, 2010 at 2:19 PM||comments (0)|
This past year I tried to raise several different breeds of rabbits to see which one's were popular and profitable... My original breeds at the farm seemed to win hands down...
I have decided to discontinue the large breeds of rabbits that I tried... American, American Chinchilla, New Zealand and San Juan because of the lack of demand for them and my available space would be better used to develop smaller breeds for pets.
Another breed I have decided to discontinue is the Dwarf Breeds. I hardly ever get a call for a Dwarf, and the pair of breeders I have posted for sale since July of 2010 still haven't sold... Pen space is very valuable to me and breeds of rabbits that aren't profitable have to be discontinued. I may try these breeds a few years from now, once I have available pen space, but for now I have decided to use my pen space for proven breeds of rabbits that I know will turn a profit.
|Posted by Steve Collier on August 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM||comments (0)|
This month's breeding cycle wasn't very successful... Perhaps it had something to do with the hot weather we've been having... I bred four rabbits last month because I was expecting sales to fall off, but out of the four rabbits I bred, only one was successful.
I had actuall tried to breed with the Dwarf buck I got a few months back, but every doe I bred him with didn't take... Not sure if it was the hot weather or the buck, but either way I have decided to rebreed the does I have with my original buck this month. The only litter born this month came from him so I have faith in his abilities.
The litter born last night was a set of Mini Rabbits... Not sure if there are 5 or 6 kits, but I really don't like to count them until they have weened because anything can happen between now and then. The mother was in labor for two days like she was with her first litter. Even though I introduced her to the buck on the 24th of July, her kits were born on the 26th of August.
One thing I really like about the Mini Doe I have is, she is such a good mother to her kits, and probably one of the friendliest rabbits on the farm. She always wants to be petted no matter what... Every time I pass by her pen, she always runs to the door and stands up to get my attention so that I will come to pet her. This is an excellent trait to pass along to her kits as they will become friendly pets for customers in the future.