There have been plenty of threads about Angoras, especially last year when I got my first Angora rabbit (already pregnant) and had to figure everything out ASAP! I got lots of good information and help here. But Angora threads, like all others, just move down as other people post new info about thier rabbits on top.
So what do you want to talk about? My rabbits are French Angora. Their mom came to me already bred, but she wasn't a good mom. She rejected the litter, and had no milk. I am thankful I was able to find nurse-moms for them in a neighboring rabbitry. 8 Angora kits fostered by two Mini-Lop does! I'm forever grateful to that owner for allowing my kits to live there and nurse.
Today I have the 8 kits, and keep them for wool production. Three give dark grey wool, four give white or almost-white wool, and one gives a steel-blue color of wool. Very nice. They don't like being brushed, but do like being plucked, so the grooming goes at least acceptably.
I haven't even taken any recent pictures of them, I ought to go do that.
We bought them with the intention of spinning, but we still need to learn that part, lol.
I've caught myself calling Lola my little chipmunk, she really does look like one, lol. And you can't see it the pic of Charlie but he has a little line of red near his nose that makes him look like he has a mustache, lol. I can't wait to see the yarn we get from his fibers. I don't plan on dying the yarn we make, at least not right away. They'll be so pretty as they are.
I too hope others post. I would love to see what everyone else has.
Hi! I am coming to love my two English Angora muts. Originally I wanted French to add yo my in with my meat rabbits but couldn't find any locally. Then these two were free and well here they are. Question: how can i encourage them to eat pellits? Previous owner had them on timothy i think and they hardly touch my offered pellits. I want them yo stay healthy of course, so any suggestions? they are only 7 weeks, not showing a lot of personality yet and hopefully not too set in their ways really pellits.
We have two French Angoras: broken black buck Sebastian and tort doe Victoria. They are both sweet and huge! They were bred for the first time in November and she has eight kits but they all died. I'm confident that her spring litter will be better. I get patterned/multicolored wool but the tort is gorgeous and I'm hoping to sell the wool to someone who spins--or I'll have to learn!
@nerissad - Hmm.. I'm not sure how one would get them to eat the pellets. My guess would be to just keep offering them a little til they try it. Ours were already on pellets and when we put Timothy hay in their cage the female practically stuck her nose up at it, lol. The male tried it out and eats it regularly and the female is slowly trying it out. So in my personal opinion I would just be patient and keep it available to them.
@CYG - I'm still learning the color terms but they sound pretty. I'm sorry you lost your kits. Was it her first litter? We have yet to learn to spin but that's the purpose of our Egnlish Angoras. Can you post pics of the wool you have on hand?
Here's a question... What, technically, is the color of my male? He's the mostly white bunny in the pic.