Seasonal rabbity update.
I haven’t posted about the rabbits lately, so here is my update. We currently have 6 rabbits in various flavors of angora, all of whom contribute to the big bins of wool I collect every few months for craft-type purposes. I’d been aiming to get some different colored wool to make yarn with, so am very pleased with the variety I have now. Daisy and Basil (the Finnish angora siblings) are a little under 2 years old now. Lily (the teddy dwarf doe) is a little under a year old. Daphne (the black Finnish angora doe), Marshmellow (white dwarf angora lop buck) and Snickers (a teddy dwarf buck) are new additions from this past winter and all well under a year still.
Daisy, my madagascar doe.
She always grows the prettiest full coat.
And she has impeccable self-grooming habits, so I don’t have to fuss with her as much as I do the others.
She’s also very sweet-tempered.
Which helps, because it can take a while to harvest all that wool each season.
She started shedding a couple weeks after this photo was taken.
At which point you can run your hands through her coat and come away with handfuls of wool.
There is an amazing amount of wool on each rabbit.
Here’s Basil, Daisy’s fawn-colored half-brother.
He tends to grow an even more impressive coat than Daisy.
But he’s also a giant slob, so by the time I finish cleaning him up, they have the same average yield in wool.
He’s also a bit shyer and more ornery in general.
I have to keep his facial wool trimmed because he’s such a messy eater.
Seriously, it’s like he just buries his face in the bowl and tries to get as much food attached to him as possible.
He easily takes the most time to care for, owing to these personality flaws.
Between the rather lacking personality and hygiene habits, I have decided he is never meant to father than other bunnies.
Which is a shame, because he does have gorgeous wool.
This is Marshmallow, an acquisition from this past winter.
He is a dwarf angora lop.
He’s pure white and very fluffy.
His wool as not as silky as Daisy or Basil’s, but it still gets pretty long.
It feels closer to a German angora’s wool, I’d say.
He’s really mellow.
Can you see his blue eyes?
This is Lily, my teddy dwarf doe.
You may remember I got her last summer.
She grows the most gorgeous wool, very similar to Daisy and Basil’s.
Which is rather impressive, since this breed was never meant to be a real wool-producing rabbit.
But she obviously still has quite a bit and it falls out seasonally just like with my proper angoras.
Lily is currently going through her difficult teenage phase so looks sort of cranky at the world all the time.
This is Daphne, a lovely Finnish angora doe that I got from friends in Tampere over the winter.
Isn’t that the sweetest face?
She’s has such a lovely deep-colored wool.
And the most mellow personality, which makes it very easy to clip her.
Finally, this is Snickers, who came to us this winter.
He is a harlequin teddy dwarf and my sweetiepie.
He has the best personality – sweet and curious and cuddly.