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Welcome to "Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit's" Blog Section. This area is designed for members of the site to share their latest stories about their Pet Rabbits... Did you finally teach your rabbit to use the litter box?... Blog about it !!! Taking your rabbit for walks on a leash?... Blog about it !!! Planning a vacation and need a "Pet Sitter"?... Blog about it !!! Everyone would love to hear all about you and your pet rabbit, so now you have found the place to share your stories with the rest of the world...

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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. 

Discontinued Rabbits @ Jones Road Farms

Posted by Steve Collier on November 16, 2010 at 2:19 PM Comments 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.

Cleaning Your Vents . . .

Posted by Steve Collier on October 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (2)

As a breeder, I normally introduce fresh vegetables or fruit such as celery or apples to the weaning kits to entice them to eat the normal rabbit feed.  The fresh green vegetables or fruit often have a tendency to give the kits a loose bowel, which has a tendency to dehydrate the kit, but I have also noticed the loose bowel will remain trapped in their fur at their vent area which could cause impaction. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the vent area, this is the reproduction and fecal matter area of your rabbit . . . (in other words . . . it's privates . . .)   We don't normally associate this area of our new pet as a problem area when we give baths on a normal basis, but many of my clients have confessed to not bathing their rabbits on a normal schedule.  With this in mind, I would like to introduce you to the importance of keeping your rabbit's vent area clean and clear.

Speaking from experience, I have discovered that the introduction of fresh fruits or vegetables to your pet rabbit does have a tendency to loosen the stool, but the problem is not always as much dehydration, as impaction from fecal matter sticking to its fur in the vent area.

Most of your rabbit's feces when fed normal rabbit feed is compact and firm and doesn't present any real problems, but when you introduce fresh vegetables or fruits that your rabbit is not accustomed to, these items in its diet can cause serious health problems other than dehydration by simply sticking to its fur and preventing passage of normal bowel movement.

I suggest that any time you give your pet fresh fruits or vegetables, check the vent area for the next couple of days or a week perhaps, to make sure there are no foreign fecal matter collected in your pet's vent area to prevent it from passing its fecal matter normally . . . This is great advice for young rabbits, while rabbits four to five months old or older don't seem to have a problem with this.

My sole purpose for developing this website is to help you better understand the needs and care of your new pet rabbit.  Many times I often overlook what is obvious to me, and later find that this information is very helpful to any pet owner.  Please forgive me for taking so long to address this issue with the vent areas of your young pet, but as these problems cross my mind, I have a tendency to want to inform everyone of the potential dangers to your pet's health.  Snacks are great and your pet will love you for them, but young pets have a tendency to have health problems from oversnacking, so be sure to give your pet snacks in moderate portions, (one half to one ounce serving per rabbit).

August Disappointments...

Posted by Steve Collier on October 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM Comments comments (0)

August is the month when we all usually slow down just a bit to catch our breath... But as it turns out, this August was the month that we should have all put our best foot forward and tried to produce as many rabbits as possible !!!

You wouldn't believe the phone calls I've received this month alone (October ) from people trying to procure baby rabbits !!!

It seems to me that all my efforts of developing pet rabbits as a viable extra source of income has exceeded my expectations.  Usually, the rabbit market is based upon the Easter season, but it appears that fall festivals are also a viable market.

I came across this idea a couple of years ago when I saw a corn maze being set up just a couple of miles from me, and wondered if this would be a viable source of rabbit sales in the fall.  As it turns out, it very much is a sales opportunity for anyone selling pet rabbits as long as there are agreements made beforehand.

This August was extremely hot even for Georgia, and after speaking with several breeders I have determined that the high heat was not only a problem for my breeders but everyone else who was breeding rabbits as well.  This seems to have produced a void in available rabbits this fall, but instead of increasing the prices I have increased the production, so I should have plenty of rabbits available in November even though my October births were sluggish.

Next year, I hope to mark a considerable increase in my rabbit production in the months of August and September (which were really unexpected this year), to help meet the demands that the fall festival market will provide.

If you are a full-time rabbit breeder, I would strongly suggest that you plan ahead for any season, Easter, fall festivals, or any celebration in between . . . because it doesn't seem to matter what time of year you care to produce your baby rabbits, there will always be a market for them.


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