Along with that exciting news we finally got one little singleton out of Maeve. She is almost a year and a half old and we feared we would have to give up on any offspring from our pretty girl. Luckily one little one was able to survive and it's the fattest little tort.
More exciting news.... we are expecting a Full AceHops litter. This is our first time using our own buck. We are also doing a little recessive line breeding so are anxious to see if we can pull something amazing out of the hat. The doe we used did not produce well with Buddah. She is out of Henry. The buck we bred her to, has Henry in his pedigree. We have retired our cute boy Henry awhile back, but we are hoping just adding this option into the breeding helps resolve what we didn't like about her cross to Buddah. Of course there is always the chance it didn't help at all, but we're going to hope for the best outcome.
Our line breeding projects have taught us so much. If there were one thing I ever really wanted to express to new breeders is the importance of this. We are getting to the point where we know what traits each rabbit in our pedigree carry and can offer. We don't have to test breed because we are locking in our traits with each litter. We are starting to see some amazing consistencies which is really what you want to aim for. I don't want to produce a litter just to have one and then realize none of them turn out. I am really really enjoying the fact that our litters are producing some really nice shoulders and better heads and typier bodies. With this next few litters I see us being able to finally offer some show potential stock.
Along with that, we have come to adopt a new way of thinking. I have respected the many many breeders who only sell what they would use in their own program. We are officially there. It feels good to get over that hump of feeling nervous of selling a rabbit because you're worried if it's good enough, to being confident that you have bred generations of quality stock so that you can feel good about what you are selling to someone. We can feel confident that what we sell will actually benefit someones herd.
Our Little Buddah has been such a great herd buck for us. I was really skeptical to use one buck to breed everything to for so long. We do use Fibonacci for one other small line breeding project as well, but so far Buddah is really doing good things for us. He stays consistently at 4 pounds yet his head and body keep looking more and more massive. I LOVE this boy. He is also a sweetheart so that makes it all the more enjoyable.