Angora rabbits have two functions on a small homestead. First, they produce luxurious wool which can be spun into yarn and woven or knitted into soft, warm garments. Secondly, they produce off-spring which can be sold as breeding rabbits to other people or used on the homestead for quality meat.
You can understand bunny genetics better if you remember that each gene expression on the bunny DNA has both dominant and recessive traits. If a dominant gene is present, it will be visible over a recessive gene.
olid coloured rabbits, called “self” in discussions of rabbit colouring, do not carry the agouti gene. The agouti gene modulates the colour of each hair shaft, so that each hair exhibits several colours. When you blow into the coat of an angora with an agouti gene, you see bands of colour, rather than a solid […]
When breeding angora rabbits for colour, on your homestead, you need to have an understanding of basic rabbit colour genetics in order ensure that you maintain the colour choices in your herd of angora rabbits. Allow only your favorite colours to be bred and in a few seasons you may find yourself bereft of choice.
Bunnies with matted coats or a coat that is ignored when it is ready to harvest, leading to matts, can become impacted with wool. In cats, this looks like hair balls and the cat just coughs them up. But rabbits don’t regurgitate their food and so can become wool blocked by hair that they lick […]
Called ‘sore hocks, the condition exhibits as a bare patch on the bottom of the feet, with broken skin and scabbing. In extreme cases, such as when the rabbit is standing in manure or wet bedding, staph or strep infection can complicate the matter, leading to abscess and infection on the bottoms of the rear […]