The meat cross bunnies are now a little over ten weeks old. Many have been sold, but I still have chestnut agoutis of both sexes in various stages of silvering.
A close up of his color layering
Some have turned really white, mostly the bucks, although there are a couple true agoutis with a few errant white hairs and the triple crosses also have some black guard hairs mixed in with their overall white. Many of them resemble Argente Bruns to me.
The one double hybrid Creme/Champagne doe left has developed the most amazing silvered pelt with a bright caramel undercoat and no black guard hairs.
As for weigh ins, we have again broken our previous record and these are now the largest meat bunnies we have ever produced here at Abernathy’s! I only weighed two does today, but they came in at 2286g (5.04lbs) and 2543g (5.6lbs).
5.6 pounds at ten weeks! That’s a new record, and I still have at least a dozen more bunnies to put on the scale. Many that appear to be of a similar size or even larger. Not bad!
Triple hybrid doe top view
We have a new breed here at Abernathy’s!
This lovely young pair of Champagne d’Argents were dropped off today by a very reputable breeder operating out of Victoria. I met her last summer at the Vancouver Island Exhibition, and have been waiting for a suitable pair to become available ever since.
There was a lot of interest in these bunnies so I was very lucky to snatch them up. The buck has even won a grand champion leg already, and of course they are fully papered and pedigreed.
The Champagne d’Argent is an old breed that originated in France almost 400 years ago. Along with the Creme d’Argent, they were initially bred for their fur, but are now bred mainly for meat. They have been called the “black angus” of rabbits and are purported to have a tenderness and flavor that is superior to other breeds, as well as an excellent grow out rate.
They are also great mothers, very calm and sweet rabbits and of course they are beautiful. They do very well on forage which is a big plus for me since I offer a lot of wild greens in the warmer months. This pair do not have names yet, but are already settled into their freshly scrubbed new cages and seem quite content.
I’m now at maximum capacity here and I’ll need to build some new cages soon. I may sell my Californians. They are excellent rabbits with very good personalities, but they were supposed to come with pedigrees and the breeder never provided them. There’s now no way for me to get their papers and unfortunately I only want to deal with fully papered rabbits at this point. We’ll see what happens.