Show Your Buns

A Beginner's Guide to Rabbit Shows


Just a few thoughts on various topics.

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Posted on November 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Note: This is a re-print from the Purina Rabbit Newsletter for July 2012.  Click here for the PDF of that newsletter. 

Pathogens and parasites lurk everywhere, just waiting for the opportunity to infect your animals! To keep your rabbitry healthy and hopping, utilize a proper

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The Secret of the Drippy Bottle

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you use water bottles, you know about the occasional bottle that just keeps on dripping which makes it completely worthless.  Or does it?

We decided early on in our rabbit habit to use water bottles.  We knew all about automatic water systems ... we had managed cattle ranches, boarding stables, and hog farms.  But we liked knowing exactly how much each rabbit was drinking and knew at a glance when we looked over the cages IF a rabbit was drinking ... no wonderin...

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The Search for Answers

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you've read the post about how it all got started, you know our "rabbit habit" started quite innocently and totally by accident.  As with anything that interests me, I kind of immersed myself in books for a couple of weeks and soaked up all the information I could.  As a result, my family learned a lot about rabbitry management in a really short period of time.  As we got deeper into the addiction, my daughter got involved in youth contests and royalty so we naturally starte...

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Are you a Breeder or Promoter?

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

* Are You a Breeder or Promoter? Query by: Roger A. Cota (from the Himalayan Rabbit Club website) For a printer friendly PDF that you can share with others, click here.

The world is full of rabbit breeders, as evidenced by those attending shows, the supply that pet stores have, and the number of sig...

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Rabbit Smarties

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

If you haven't heard of these books, you'll wan to check them out ... especially if you have kids or are in any way involved with youth who show rabbits.  These are excellent resources for 4-H leaders and also for any rabbit club member who is studying for royalty or registrar's license.

Rabbit Smarties

How It All Started

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We got into the Rabbit Habit in 1996 “quite by accident”.  Our son wanted a dog of his own but we worked on a ranch and this wasn’t an option.  We went to a horse auction one night and someone had brought in goats, chickens, and rabbits.  We bought a cute black and white rabbit with a cage for about $10.  No one at the sale knew how to determine the sex of the rabbit so I headed to the library and checked out every book I could find on rabbits.&...

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Record Keeping

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Accurate rabbit/cavy records are essential if you’re going to keep on top of your breeding program and monitor herd health and performance.  A good herd-health program cannot operate without complete records.  They are invaluable to you in spotting problems, determining their cause, and deciding what steps to take.

Herds of all sizes benefit from complete, accurate records.  Whether you have less than 12 cages/holes, more than 200, or anywhere in between --...

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Rabbitry Management

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Rabbitry management covers a variety of topics and concerns ... the first of which is selecting the breed or breeds you will raise.  After you know which breed, you will need to think about the equipment you want to use, your feed, herd health, breeding and reproduction.  This page will provide links to articles or web pages covering these topics.

Overall care and management can vary greatly from one region to another (hot versus cold) and from your personal preference ...

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What's in a Name Anyway?

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: This is part of an article written several years ago and is also an excerpt from a chapter in Debi’s book "Show Your Buns".

The naming of rabbits has come up in several conversations lately as well as being a hot “topic” recently on some of the e-mail lists. I thought maybe I’d share what’s been discussed. By “naming” I mean whose name or rabbitry ...

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A Worthwhile Investment

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

If you are new to rabbits or, better yet, haven’t purchased your first rabbits yet … please invest in a membership to the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) membership and also in the purchase of the ARBA Standard of Perfection.  And it truly is a very wise investment for which you will see a return on the money spent. Your...

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