Demand for more rabbit meat (from my family and customers) prompted me to buy Silver Fox rabbits. They are a beautiful, large breed known for their docile temperaments. I bought several rabbits from four different breeders in Wisconsin.
They are set up on the other side of the barn, across from the angoras. The set up is very similar to to the angoras with a few changes. I have used wood shavings and straw as bedding with the Silver Fox. I use straw with the angoras as I worry wood shavings will be problematic with the angora wool.
I added in dog kennel nest boxes/hidey holes. But otherwise this is the basic set up.
I try to mimic the burrows that wild rabbits would dig. The cloth tunnels I have had good luck finding at garage sales. They are made for kids, but are expensive in the stores. The metal tubes are from the hardware store.
The rabbits eat out of chicken feeders bought from Farm and Fleet.
The rabbits get pellets, oats, black oil sunflower seeds, grass hay and veggies when they are available.
The bucks are kept in cages inside the colony. The bucks are separated to control breeding and fighting between the other bucks. I like having them inside the colony so that the bucks can still have nose to nose contact with the does, which allows them socialization. I do often times allow one buck free in the colony. He will breed the does, and get some exercise and social time. The bucks are returned to their pens before the does kindle.
The rabbits form friendships. I often see them grooming each other. I often see the same rabbits spending time together on a consistent basis.
The only ARBA sanctioned color is black. Breeders are working on getting blue and chocolate accepted. I have two blue does. I have one chocolate carrying buck and one chocolate carrying doe.
These hollowed out logs make great tunnels. The bunnies love them!
I am expecting my first Silver Fox litters on the 18th.
Here is a video!