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On the 18th i'm going to be bringing 2 new babies home! in the form of a pair of Champion show line Belgian Hares! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I cannot wait, i've always wanted one! but stayed clear because theres not a lot of quality breeders around of these guys, but a friend of mine who bred and showed rabbits for 20 years has a close friend from back in those days who still breeds, and amongst those, Belgian hares, i was so chuffed to find out she'll have some unrelated babies available for the 18th from quality show lines, how could i say no? :p

Yes i will be breeding them, even if its once or twice, but i can't pass up the chance, as long as i can have homes lined up!

Just waiting to hear what colours she'll have, i deffinatly want a red, but she also breeds black tan, so if theres one of those going i might just have to have one of each! :p

12 days to go! :gwavebw
 

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Some pics of my babies i picked up on Saturday from SE London :mrgreen:

Exploring in what will eventually be their new home!

Female - 9 weeks old, still a tad nervous but comes up to you when free roaming and doesn't mind being cuddled!










Male - 4 months old - loves nose rubs, docile and very curious! doesn't have red eyes, thats just the flash!










 

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Thank you, they both came from show parents, the black is not show standard, but the male is and would have be shown had it not been for a minor default, he came from 2 black parents, as opposed to 2 red parents and was the only red baby in the litter, i think it may be something to do with colour as to why he can't be shown, but i don't know much about rabbit showing.
As he moults the red should become more richer, will have to wait and see, i hope it does because reds are my favourite and the richer it is the more stunning they look! :)
 

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Alan_Calderwood said:
they are absolutely feckin amazing what are there temperaments like
i know its a silly question :oops: :oops: but just wondering are they actual hares or are they just rabbits line bred to look like that

im green with envy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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They aren't hares, they are just rabbits, so because of that they are no different when it comes to handling and taming :) They are a very hardy rabbit, but have sensitive stomachs, so changing diet is a huge no no!

They are something i've always wanted to keep, but i had worked with one before who suffered terrible neurological problems and respiratory infections and it always made me warey of the breed, but i was told from a friend who bred them for 20 years that i just got bad luck because they are incredibly hardy and out the hundreds she had bred she only ever had one die from illness.... so then i made up my mind and i HAD to have some :lol:

They aren't easy to find and they don't come cheap, but are so worth it! :)

Only problems are, you may know how powerful a regular rabbits legs are, well its not pleasant getting kicked by a nervous BH :p and i already have the wounds to prove it, luckily its nothing new to me, so i will not be phased by tantrums :roll:

Secondly when breeding, when the young are old enough to leave mum, you must put them into a small area for the first week or so, as like all baby rabbits when they first find their feet they have outbursts of energy, they bound off the walls to build up speed, and apparently thats how a lot of broken legs happen. So what i will do is have them out in a large area for a while to burn off energy, then they will go into an indoor guinea-pig cage or something for the first week.
 

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ian said:
They are stunning, I was tmepted by rabbit showing too but don't have the space and dont think I would be able to let any of the babies go either. I have an english spot from show lines and I love the breed, I really like the image of long slim line rabbits. I also ahve a dutch rabbit, his markings are lovely but I'm not as keen on the short stocky body shape.
Yes i like the slim lined rabbits i must say, although they're not as cuddly :p

I've always had lops and a Rex, i have boarded hundreds of rabbits of all shapes and sizes before so i always got a good idea of what i liked, never had one of these guys though, but are always something i liked the look of.

I had 2 rabbits as of last year, a lop and a Standard Rex, both males, one neutered and one not, they lived together and spend everyday together for 6 years, and they were the most important thing in my life...Sadly i lost them both on xmas day last year :( and it still pains me to think about it...

I sworn i wouldn't have any more rabbits for at least a while yet, as i didn't feel i'd be able to spend time with them to bond, i didn't feel i wanted to get to know other rabbits thats how bad my grief is :|

When i was offered these guys, for some reason i didn't feel hesitant, i think its because they are so un-rabbit like, not sure but i don't feel reminded by these two :)
Felt kinda bad at first that i was replacing my boys, but then i thought, well i'm not replacing them at all, i'm replacing the empty space they left behind :)
 

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I totally forgot to update on these guys here for you all, though a lot of you have already seen on other forums :oops:

anyway here some pics of the latest events ;)

Born new years eve in the early hours, she had 11, theres now 7 altogether, doing well and very chubbly :p









As of 3 days ago














 

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Thanks everyone, they're certainly lovely, and the babies are just big fluffy balls of gorgeous-ness :p

They're at that stage now where they are just finding their legs, i sat watching them for ages last night running up and down the hutch and having sudden spurts of power then bumping into the side :lol: they're sweet, then they all ran out of energy pretty quickly and fell asleep, going to be hard selling them in 6 weeks time though! :roll:
 

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They are fab, did not realise these came in colours other then the "hare" coloured ones. Will be looking for different colours at the bradford now :)
Yes the breeder i got them from also breeds them in Black Tan, and more recently they have become available in REW but i personally have never seen one available!

I really wanted a Tan one but there was none available at the time, hopefully if we move house next year i will have enough room to own a few more, they are just amazing rabbits :)
 

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I've not had a hotot before but did once board a hotot x, he was umm ok i guess :p

I like my big rabbits, the bigger the better, wish i had room for a giant!

Hares really are lovely, like all rabbits if they are handled right and regularly from an early age they can make wonderful indoor or outdoor pets :)

They are powerful and that is why people don't tend to buy them for children (not that i agree on buying any rabbit for a child but that's another matter!) when they want down, then its time to go down, because i have been beaten up by those legs and it hurts, and this is coming from someone who's had hundreds of rabbits in my care and had to deal with the wildest and untamest!

A friend of mine who bred and showed them for 20 years said if you get a good hare then you get a great one, however if you get a bad one...you get a truly evil one! but in her 20 or so years of breeding she only every came across 2 or 3 "bad" hares.

I have bred lops and Rex's in the past and its safe to say no babies were as tame and confident as these little ones at this age, i opened the hutch last night and they all piled out onto the floor (luckily in a shed!) and they were hopping around merrily and climbing on my lap and wanting fuss, very sweet indeed :D

Hopefully if these babies all find nice homes then i shall breed her again in the not too distant future, though i hardly thinking homing them will be a challenge, i haven't even advertised them anywhere and 2 are already reserved :p :mrgreen:
 
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