Sunday, March 29, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Updated baby pics

Eyes are opened, and they're creeping out of the nestbox. They haven't started harassing their mom yet, but that can't be far behind. ;) Just look at that rufus!

Sunrise's fat babies wait for me to feed them, they've learned all about chow time. :)

But the little black is shy, and tries to hide behind Mom.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The "Impossible" Reds

I'm feeling pretty excited about having Tan-based Reds. One of the babies is indeed a Tort, I'm thinking Blue but I'm told Black Torts look a lot like Blue at first, and the level of rufus in this baby is pretty high for a dilute - but time will tell.

The eye bands and other Tan markings are starting to color up in the two Reds, making them harder to distinguish. I'm including a picture of the Black Tan Pattern so you can more easily see how the rufus really starts coming in the markings with time. I'm hoping the reds will color up so much that they appear to be Selfs.

I lost one of the Black Tans yesterday, poor thing got dragged out of the nest and chilled. :( This was one of three who needed some supplemental time with Mom at first, and was doing a great job of catching up to the others. I thought the entire litter was going to make it, but that's life.

Anyway, here's a picture of the Tort:

And here are pics of the bigger of the two red babies:

And here is a pic of the Black Tan, notice the rufus coming out in the markings:

I've had some interest expressed in the Reds already, I'm not sure if I'll keep one or not. I really don't have room for another project, lol, but they sure are pretty! Anyway, these babies will only go to someone who is serious about developing color in Giants.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rainbow litter and bunny sex

Do you see what I see? Three Torts! At least one of which looks to me like it might be a Torted Otter, or even ... RED. Now supposedly you cannot get Red without Agouti, but I have read that non-extension Tan looks exactly like Red. Time will tell. Besides the three Torts, there looks to be a REW, a Blue, a Blue Tan Pattern, and two Black Tan Patterns. Whether they will be Tan or Otter remains to be seen.

The lone self Blue puzzles me. I thought for sure Crosby was homozygous for Tan Pattern, but apparently not. I'm also wondering where Dark got the non-extension gene from. Her mom Yeungling never threw Torts, even when bred to bucks whom I knew for a fact carried it. So, that leaves Oscar as the probably source, although his breeding to Sunrise (pictured below) didn't result in any Torts. Speaking of Sunrise, here she is with her shy little brood:

I know Oscar carries wideband and throws some nice rufus, if he also carries non-extension, that opens the possibilty of purebred Red German Angoras! Woo Hoo!

I'm having so much fun with colors, I may someday abandon REWs totally. That would mean not showing, unless I or someone else starts getting colors developed and approved in Giants.

Which brings me to a funny thing I noticed about Nino, my purebred Black German. He's been having issues getting does bred. He tries his little heart out, but he just can't seem to connect. One day, as the doe who was in with him was getting frustrated, I took him out and flipped him over to see if something was in the way - maybe he got matted from trying so hard or something... warning... warning... explicit language coming up... leave now or prepare to be offended...

This rabbit's willy was out and ready, and was also a good THREE INCHES LONG!!! And curved! I honestly wonder how he possibly could manuver that sucker in there! No wonder he can't get anyone bred! Could you imagine if, proportionately, a man had one like that? Whoa, get out the yardstick!!! ROFLMAO!!!

Now I dunno, maybe all bucks are like that, I've never interrupted on at that point before, but GEEZ!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Losing Our Way Of Life Pt II - NAIS

Although we have fought valiantly against NAIS, this administration is sure to implement it, along with other invasive and costly infringements on our privacy and right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Basically, NAIS does to animal breeders what H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 does to produce farmers. Read below, and ACT:

Last Chance to Comment on USDA's Proposed Rule, Subcommittee Hearing, and Appropriations Update

The comment period on USDA's proposed rule to implement NAIS premises registration ends on Monday, March 16. Please take action now!

The proposed rule would require NAIS premises registration for existing disease control programs for goats, sheep, cattle, and swine. It also sets the stage for mandatory NAIS animal identification in the future.

You can comment here online through the Federal Register site and click on the yellow balloon under “add comments.”

An easier way to comment online is through the Organic Consumers Association's automated system, which includes a sample letter.

Please be sure to personalize the letter! It can be as easy as a couple of sentences at the beginning stating who you are (for example, a farmer, consumer, property rights proponent) and why you care about NAIS.

Congressional Hearing on NAIS

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing on NAIS. The questions and comments of several of the Subcommittee members revealed that they view NAIS as a food safety program and critical for animal health in case of a “catastrophic outbreak.” One member said, in essence, that the costs to farmers financially, and in loss of privacy, must be weighed against the "cost in human life" if NAIS isn't implemented.

Yet USDA continues to provide absolutely no scientific evidence to support the claim that NAIS will do anything at all to improve animal health or food safety! What NAIS will do is impose government surveillance and significant expense on animal owners for no real benefit to the public. The only ones who will benefit from NAIS are the meat packers and exporters, tag manufacturers, database managers and other large corporations.

You can send written testimony to the Subcommittee for up to 10 days after the hearing, until Saturday, March 21. Send your testimony to the Hearing Clerk, Jamie Mitchell. Be sure to put “March 11 Hearing – Animal Identification Programs” in the subject line. Keep your comments clear, polite, and concise.

Be sure to send a copy to your Representative and Senators! If you are not sure who represents you, click here.

Appropriations Update

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 was passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama yesterday. The bill includes $14.5 million for USDA to continue implementing NAIS. This is about half of what the agency requested, but still too much.

Thank you to everyone who called and emailed their Senators to try to strip the NAIS funding out of the bill. Although no amendment was offered, your calls still mattered! The Senators know that their constituents care about NAIS and are watching this issue, which will be important as we continue to fight NAIS battles in Congress throughout this year.

For more information about NAIS, visit and support

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Losing Our Way of Life Part I

This is the first of a series where I will attempt to demonstrate that the current Administration running the US is not promoting "Change We Can Believe In", unless you're a Socialist zealot.

The above blogger is a kindred spirit, and documents the Obama Administration's attack on small farmers and food producers, in the name of "safety". Check out the documenting links, and also read the comments at the end of the article, they're also very informative and thought-provoking.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Another cute baby pic

Here they are again, I took this Tuesday when they were 8 days old. They're starting to look like bunnies! I'm keeping the otter on the right, the rest are going to a new home with their Mom.

I think this is the first time I've had a statistically correct litter! (Well, except for REW to REW breedings.) Chances were 50% Chestnut, 25% Otter, and 25% Black, and that's exactly what I got! I wonder if the sexes will also be statistically correct?