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The Big Freeze of January 2014 !!!

Posted by Steve Collier on January 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (4)


      Every once in a great while, weather conditions are so extreme that it makes it hard to believe how anything could survive, let alone helpless little rabbits. This is where a little knowledge goes a long way, and sometimes the only way to obtain this knowledge is to experience it first hand... Another way is to follow the advice of someone who has actually had to deal with the problems and is willing to share their advice.

      After dealing with all types of weather conditions that have arisen over the past six years I have been raising rabbits here at Pet Rabbit Ridge, the knowledge that I pass along on this Free Website is basically a conglomeration of the experiences I have had to face. By far, the Extreme Cold has to be one of the most difficult times you will ever have to face, and being prepared ahead of time makes all the difference in the world.

      Having the proper Pens or Hutches to withstand all types of weather conditions is only one aspect of taking care of your Pet Rabbit on a year-round basis... It took me about 3 years to finally come up with a design that I felt was good enough for not only my customers, but for myself as well. Each of my Pen or Hutch designs are used here on the farm at Pet Rabbit Ridge so I can testify as to how well these Pens and Hutches actually hold up to after years of daily use. I guess you could call this the "Research & Development Department" of my business...

      I have learned to keep a watchfull eye on the weather forecasts over the years to help me prepare for my rabbits needs... Ice Storms, Snow Storms, and just plain old Fridgid Weather are my main concerns when it comes to taking care of all my animals. Usually this consists of making sure I have plenty of feed, water and Bermuda Hay available in advance of any extreme cold weather conditions.

      By following my own advice listed in the "Extreme Weather Conditions" section of this website, I have a 100% success rate when it comes to survival of my animals...

      The temperatures droped to 6 degrees here this morning on January 7th, 2014... But I was prepared and had everything ready days in advance... My Pens along with plenty of Bermuda Hay gave all my rabbits the protection they needed when the windchill reached a staggering -15 degrees !!! Best of all, with the help of a very dedicated Mother Rabbit, a new litter of Baby Rabbits that are less than 2 days old are toasty warm this morning and all survived !!!

In weather conditions like these, watering is also a very important part of your Pet's Survival, so I go out several times a day with warm water to put in their drinking bowls to make sure they have plenty to drink during the daylight hours... I hope everyone follows my advice in the "Extreme Weather Conditions" section so they will share in the same successes I have found. 

Spring 2013 !!!

Posted by Steve Collier on February 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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...


 


Fall is Finally Here !!!

Posted by Steve Collier on October 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments 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.      

Holland Lops !!!

Posted by Steve Collier on February 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM Comments comments (0)

     Just wanted to let everyone know I have a new breed of Holland Lops that just arrived on 02-17-11...

     This was made possible by breeding a French Lop with a Dwarf Breed. Its still a little early to tell, but it looks like I will get some nice colors out of this litter... And it was a very large litter as well !!!

     The mother ( Clover ), is a Brennal colored French Lop and usually has 8 to 10 kits when I breed her with another standard sized Lop... And even though I haven't taken a count of this litter yet, I can tell just by feeling in the nest that it is a very large litter.

     The father ( 50 Cent ), is a Smoked Pearl Dwarf that weighs 2.5 lbs... I aquired him from anotrher member of this site ( Tanya Frady ) in a trade last year, and since, have been using him to breed with larger rabbits to develop Mini Breeds. 

     Mini Rabbits are a very popular breed when it comes to indoor pets as well as Dwarfs, but when you breed down the size, the litters tend to get smaller so I have had to increase the price to make up the difference in litter size.

     In order for the Female Breeders to become profitable, I have discovered that I need to make $30.00 minimum a month from each breeder. This is enough to pay for the feed for the entire warren of rabbits, but that is about it... By increasing the prices slightly, I may start to see a small profit in this coming year.  

Business Expansions...

Posted by Steve Collier on February 11, 2011 at 3:39 AM Comments 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.