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Well, this weekend was eventful. First, I put a deposit on some angora rabbits! I drove to Avillion Farm on Saturday and met a lot of rabbits. I had originally planned to get a breeding trio of French Angoras (a buck and two unrelated does), but she had a German angora that I really liked as well, so I decided to remain open-minded until I got there.

Elaine was really nice and her rabbits were all healthy and happy. She had a lot of other animals around too, as you can see on the site. I met some siamese cats who reminded me a lot of Jake, strangely. The first rabbit I met was the German, and she was awesome. Then I handled a lot more rabbits and picked an unrelated buck and doe I liked. I didn't find another of her does that handled the way I wanted it to and was sufficiently unrelated, so I didn't get the trio I went for. Well, in fact I didn't get any rabbits! I put a deposit on three: a lilac German doe, a REW (red-eyed white) French doe, and a broken black French buck. They are still on her for sale page. They are the last one on the page, the fifth one (8EK30), and the middle rabbit in the fifth picture from the bottom (the only ad with 3 rabbits).

The numbers/letters next to the word Avillion (farm name) on each ad--like my REW doe's 8EK30--are their ear tattoo numbers. EK are the breeder's initials, and the numbers are her personal code for some facts about the rabbit. 8 means it was born in 2008, for example. The 3 means it was the third litter of 2008, probably, and the 0 my doe's personal number in that litter. Pretty cool.

I'm going to pick the rabbits up October 24th at the Southeastern Fiber Fair. I couldn't take them home with me this weekend because in a couble days, I'm going back to Spain to ride horses with Kristy again. This time the owner of the company is giving us a special deal, so that it's less than $100/day. That includes 3 huge meals for 7 days, 6-8 hours of riding 6 days, and 6 nights in beautiful inns, plus some tours of things. Awesome deal. It's just a little stressful because we are having so much work done to the farm house, and we have so much packing to do in the old house!!

James and I are having a Halloween party on November 1st, at our new house (which is still in Charlotte, NC), and you should all be there.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 8th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
You are the only person I know who has talked about starting a farm (rabbit or otherwise), and is actually doing it.
Oct. 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
She needs to read some more blogs! LOL!
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I am so happy.
But I misssss you.
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
what a dumb month.
Oct. 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You will love them! They are really sweet natured and if handled gently, make great companions. They love being brushed.

I wish she was closer. I have three does picked out that I would love to get from her place... one blue, one black and one REW. *sigh*

I recommend getting stacked cages. Call the breeder and ask who she gets her cages from - they usually sell them with all the stuff you need (water bottles, food bins, etc.) and if you order them now, before you leave, they should be ready by the time you get back. Even with the cages out in the barn, the stacked cages will be easier to use than the other types. (Just my recommendation, after doing it the hard way!!!)

Oct. 9th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
thanks! i am very excited.

i'm going to hang cages with a worm bed underneath!
Oct. 9th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my lord the German looks like a stuffed animal....toooooooo cute. I am glad everything is going well for you!
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
you guys should come visit :)
Oct. 10th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe one day if we are out that way! :) Too bad we are so far apart!
Oct. 14th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
I found another sale listing for angoras in your area...This was posted on the texasfiberguild group at Yahoo. If nothing else, you might want to go see the show in Asheville.

1. AD: Angoras - Quick, they are going fast!!!
Posted by: "Cynthia Stack" millennialway@yahoo.com
Date: Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:53 pm ((PDT))

Many Colors, German Hybrid, French, and Satin Crosses Angoras- Including Unique Rare Harlequin! Delivery in Route or at SAFF (Southern Animal Fiber Fair) Fiber Festival Asheville, NC October 23rd-25th. Pictures on blog www.millennialwaygermanangoras.blogspot.com.

Oct. 19th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
i am planning to find another rabbit at that fair :) i'm taking a felting class too!
Oct. 25th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
SAFF was great! I picked up some rabbits too. I bought a tort english doe, and a harlequin from the woman mentioned above.

Pictures of mine to come. I tried to look at the ones you had picked out, but nothing on her site would load. So, please post some pics in your lj when you can :)
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