Well another summer has come and gone. It is hard to believe the kids are in school again. Bauer Bunnies had a good summer. Keith did well in 4-H, junior and open. Mitchell 's mini lops did well in junior and placed in the middle for open. The pictures of from this year are on the botttom of the home page. We still have 3 jr does, 2 jr bucks, and 1 6-8 month old buck for sale. Once the weather cools off we will be breeding once again. It has just been too hot here to even think about breeding. Hopefully within the next month we can breed some does.
Well in less than a week we will be having more babies! I enjoy this time taking pictures of all the cute babies running around is so much fun. Our first two champagnes are due Friday and then two more on Sunday. We have another one due the following Friday and one on Saturday. This will be the most does that we have had due at one time. Fingers crossed that everything goes okay. These will be our 6-8 months come summer shows. In a couple weeks, Mitchell will breed a mini lop so he has so older jrs for summer and probably another the month after that. We will have all kinds of little ones before long!
Atleast the weather has been holding out for us and we have avoided the snow and the frozen waters.
It is hard to believe that it is almost time for the snow to fly again! It has been a very busy summer and fall. Now that things have settled down a bit I can let you know things went over the summer. Keith did really well with his champagnes at the 4-h Fair. He got Grand Champion Single Fryer with CT2 and third overall in meat pens. That is not an easy task with a champagne! He also got BOB with Mini Lops and the Champagnes.
We then went on to show at the Illinois State Fair. He did fairly well there too. Tinkerbell placed 1st out of 7 entries in Sr does and went on to get BOS. CT2 placed 2nd in the jr doe class while CT4 was 4th out of 8. The Mini Lops did well there too. We had a jr broken buck get BOS in the IRBA State fair show-youth. So we were real happy on how the show went for only our first time showing there.
We went last weekend to the ARBA National Convention in Indianapolis to look around and experience what it would be like. WOW it was very busy. Maybe one day we will be able to show there! Right now we have 2 litters of 6 week old mini lops---2 brokens, 2 opals, and 2 chestnut agoutis. The Champagnes will be bred again mid December so we have some 6-8 month Champagnes for the summer season. All in all not a bad year for Bauer Bunnies we learned a lot. Here is to next year being even better
Well its almost that time of the year. The meat pen litters look good most are @ 3.5 lbs (give or take a few ounces). Last night we tattooed the meat pens so that chore is all done. Evil Tina's litter end up 1 buck and 2 does and Boo Boo's litter ended up all being all does. Not too bad of odds. It is funny to look at them now with their silver coloring coming in. We got the show report in from the IRBA Spring show in Pontiac. We did fairly well. Mitchell's solid buck Snorlax ended up getting Best Opposite sex in the solid variety and ended up getting a Grand Champion leg. This is our first with a rabbit born with the Bauer Bunnies name.
Well we have some Champagne babies to report. Sadly Tinkerbell lost her litter of 5 kits. We are not sure what happened exactly, she ended up having them two days late and they ended up on the large size. She will be bred again in a week or two depending on how she is eating. On the 24th, Evil Tina had a litter of 3 and all seem to be good with big fat bellies. And today Boo Boo had a litter of 4 all 4 are still alive and look good. Tomorrow we are going to show at the IRBA Spring show in Pontiac. Mitchell is happy he will get to show his mini lops 3 times in one day. In addition to the double show, there is a Illinois Mini Lop Club speciality show.
We have been keeping busy around here with the rabbits and the boys' baseball games. Both teams are doing really good. The boys are happy only a few more days of school left. Oh joy! Hopefully the weather warms up and they can get in the pool.
Well we have everyone bred for the meat pen litters that is going to be. So we are keeping our fingers crossed that in 30 days or so we should have some champagne litters. Saturday we went and had Wauthier's look at our mini lop babies to see if they are a good enough quality to show. We came away with good news. The two bucks have some really good qualities; one has a better head and the other one has the better body. The does we are hoping grow some more, add more weight, and develop a little more.
On Sunday, April 10th we went to a show in Decatur, IL. Overall we did really well. Mitchell only showed his jr solid buck Peanut. He got 1st place out of 3 and was really happy. Keith showed in the youth Champagnes and was the only exhibitor but we did learn some things about the animals from the judge. His 6-8 month old doe named Boo Boo got Best of breed and his sr buck named Cash got Best Opposite Sex. Keith then got to go back out for best of the 6 classes (breeds that have a senior weight over 9 pounds divide the animals into six classes to show). The judge said it was really close between the Californian, Satin, and Champagne (Keith's) but he ended up picking the Californian. We ended up taking the bottle babies to show for the first time as jr bucks and as single fryers. They ended up placing 4th and 8th out of 8 but were competing against Californians and Flordia Whites so we were happy with where they placed. JT3 only placed in 8th because he was a little under weight not right at five pounds
This is the first post for Bauer Bunnies. Hopefully the weather will straighten out soon and start warming up. It will be nice to open up the rabbit shed more often and get out and plant the garden. The mini lop babies are doing good and are almost seven weeks old. The Champagne bottle babies are growing fast and are almost 11 weeks old. It won't be too long and we will be breeding for meat pens for the fair. Time sure is going fast.