When we first started learning about Holland lops and breeding, one term always struck us funny. "The Uglies". How can a bunny be ugly? A common thing is to put your jrs in cage and ignore them during uglies. I thought that was just insane. How could our adorable fat headed babies turn ugly. Impossible. Well now we are a year into it. And it is true. Around 2 months of age your cute little baby begins to change. That fat head starts to transform. Their shoulders and legs become out of proportion. It reminds me of the old shows of Jekyll and Hyde. So as a breeder you sit back and cross your fingers that your rabbit comes out of the uglies and turns out to be a gem. I can't stress enough the importance of not buying show rabbits at a young age. A reputable breeder wouldn't consider selling you show stock that young. But sadly there are many breeders that know they have to hurry and sell their stuff young because it won't come out of the uglies. Below is a buck that we were very excited about. As a baby he had a huge fat head. Great bone. We couldn't wait to see him mature. Well now we want to turn back time. He is in his uglies and egads. We can only hope for a happy outcome. I just wanted to demonstrate this crazy transformation for any readers who may be like we once were and didn't understand "The Uglies."
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