Much of this stock comes from Miss Maggie’s Rabbitry. We are honored to have it. Please click on the pedigrees to see the excellent lineages of our rabbits. If you are interested in purchasing stock, please go to the “In the Nest Box” page and follow the instructions.
While this is not yet our ideal set up, we are, nonetheless, pleased with this temporary home. After much study, when we move and have a barn, we will house rabbits in a modified colony setting with dirt floors and a modified deep litter. This will get the rabbits out of cages and off the wire. I am always striving to reproduce as much as is possible an animals natural setting and foster their natural behaviors and instincts. In the meantime, our rabbits are housed in indoor, climate-controlled conditions under full spectrum lights. In February 2013, the rabbitry was revamped to include new larger, vertical cages allowing the rabbits the ability to “climb” and rest on shelves. Once weaned, kits are moved to the maternity unit to finish growing. In good weather, weaned kits finish growing outdoors in rabbit tractors with full access to clover. Adult rabbits are taken outside as much as possible. The new rabbitry is complete with vermicomposting bins under all cages.
The rabbitry is kept scrupulously clean with “green” cleaning products only. These include Shaklee Basic “G” and Basic “H”. There is one exception. We use a small amount of Vanodine to clean feeders, crocks, and, water bottles.
After much thought and careful research, we have chosen to feed our rabbits a natural, non-pelleted diet. Much of this diet is foraged locally or grown in my own garden. Rabbits are herbivores and eat mainly greens, grains, and roots. The more exact way we feed deserves its own post (coming soon) but it suffices to say that our rabbits eat organic fodder, alternated with an organic grain mix and lots of quality second cut hay. This staple is supplemented by organic greens, mangle beets, raspberry canes, grape vines, sunflower seeds, comfrey and other herbs, and small amounts of fresh fruit. This way of feeding leads not only to the health of the rabbits, but also to the clean, grass-fed taste of the meat. The rabbits drink alkalized water with organic apple cider vinegar. We do not use salt and mineral wheels but instead mix the dry grain with Sea 90, a far superior mineral supplement. Any treatments necessary are most often done with herbs, homeopathics, or other holistic remedies. If you choose to feed a pelleted feed, Sherwood Forest Natural Rabbit food provides a superior pellet. It is the freshest I have found.