Nate and I visited the SC State Fair in the fall to see all the different breeds of chickens and the Nigerian Dwarf goats. The chickens were plentiful to see for sure, but the goat exhibit was not yet up. I was disappointed I couldn't see any goats, but something else caught my interest, angora rabbits. While thinking about my goals for the homestead this year, I decided I really wanted to add an animal that would contribute to the homestead in some way, yet be fairly easy to maintain and to house. I decided 2011 would be the year of the rabbits. So, about a month ago, I started researching rabbits. My initial thought was meat rabbits, but I kept thinking of the angora rabbits I saw at the fair. The angoras really interested me because they are fiber animals, so they would produce a sellable/tradeable product, the kits fetch a good price, and the poop is gold for the garden. I had a hard time finding nearby breeders and of the three I found and contacted, only one responded. Thankfully, she had exactly what I wanted and was so responsive in answering my million and one questions. I never make decisions about animals until I know as much as possible about taking care of one. I want to know what kind of commitment I'm making, and I feel it's the only responsible thing to do.
So, long story short, I drove to Gainesville, GA on Thursday and picked up
Creek's Blue Moon (Blue Moon)
and Creek's Baby Pearl (Olivia).
Yes, there is a rabbit under there. Both are pedigree blue English Angoras, and words can't describe how soft and lovely they are. Their color is amazing, a smokey grey/blue, and though I'm not a spinner (yet), I have enjoyed playing with and twisting their wool into yarn-like strands.
I look forward to getting to know them a little better each day and sharing my rabbit adventures with you.
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