November 1, 2014
In July, the kits were Three Months Old and we celebrated that milestone with their first shearing and photos. Mom was first to get sheared:
Shearing can be stressful and while my skills continue to improve and the time it takes to shear a rabbit is now under an hour that is a long time to be handled for a rabbit. So mid-shear we usually take a break.
A few more minutes with the clippers and the job is finished! What a relief for that heavy coat to be off!
Ginger is next. He has a beautiful caramel colored coat and it is baby fine. I'm not sure how to use it in spinning but it feels even better then a mature coat but I don't know if it is strong enough to blend and spin into yarn.
I put Ginger in a milk crate so that you can see the difference between a fully coated rabbit and a "naked" rabbit. Scroll down and you'll see a difference.
Ginger was ready for a break so we took one. I endeavor to give them a break before they start misbehaving so I reinforce the behaviours I want.
Another round of clipping and we are finished. Back into the milk crate for the photo I promised.
I didn't weigh the wool but it sure is silky and here is a box full of Ginger's wool.
Oyster is up next and he is looking a bit dubious.
That was quick and no mid-shear break was needed. Into the milk crate to see how tiny he looks with out his wool.
Enough of this box stuff. Lets play!
Back into the cage and ready to play with the bottle of ice which we use so that the rabbits can regulate their own temperature by how close they are to the ice.
October 18 - 21, 2014
And I've acquired two more three month-olds. Meet Norman and Sandra from Windsor Farms' Rabbitry.