In fifteen days our dear Thistle and sweet Clementine will be heading off to their new home in Southern California. In exchange, we will be bringing home a “new to us” buck and doe. Why you ask? We have been searching high and low for the last year for an unrelated buck to continue on in our breeding program. Thistle, altough a wonderfuly entertaining rabbit, is half-brother to Dandelion and sire/father to both Seven of Nine and Blackberry. Since he is the rabbit most related to the rest of our rabbits we have decided to trade him for a buck of the same age.
Clementine is being traded for a younger doe. Not because I really wanted to trade her, but because this may be my only opportunity for awhile to get ahold of a doe that is not related to any of my current rabbits in any way. French angoras are very limited here on the West Coast both in numbers and in genetic diversity. The young lady I am trading rabbits with is stuck with only black rabbits and was very excited to trade for a doe that can produce tortoiseshell colors.
I am so sad to see two of my original three rabbits go, but it is a necessary step in breeding for healthy rabbits with beautiful wool. I think I will miss Clementine the most. She has such a kind, outgoing personality and she was such an excellent mother last spring. Trevor and Cami I’m sure will miss Thistle the most. They like his silly, carefree attitude and friendly disposition. We love you Thistle and Clementine and we hope your new home is as warm and happy as we have tried to make ours.
We have already picked out our new buck, but we will have two ruby-eyed white does to choose from when we meet up to trade. Our new buck’s name is Obsidian. He is a self black which means that he is a solid-colored rabbit instead of a tortoiseshell like we are used to. His wool appears to be grey because the color fades the longer the wool gets. He looks awfully handsome though doesn’t he?