Just about 12 months ago we attended a show and happened to set up camp next to a very kind angora breeder who gently and patiently put up with our kid’s questions about angoras and requests to touch and love on angoras. Of course, because angoras are beautiful, they begged to take an angora home. We firmly, repeatedly said, “No.”
I have a grudge against rabbits that can’t clean their own poop up well. We raise meat rabbits. We don’t like high maintenance. NO ANGORA BUNNIES.
Fast forward several months and I learn that one of my favorite breeders ever raises Satin Angoras. We’re negotiating for a trade in bloodlines for some other breeds and she offers to set the kids up with Satin Angoras, “They’re meat bunnies wearing coats. You can do this!” she says. I hem and haw because the kids haven’t stopped bugging me about the fuzzy animals.
We work with the kids to set some goals for responsibility to show us that they’re ready to take on a high maintenance breed. Remarkably, the kids meet their goals. The trade of breeds takes place, our friend tells me she’s doing her best to give the kids a great start, and don’t worry, they’re meat animals – if they’re awful they can go to freezer camp.
In May we came home from West Coast Classic with a trio of Satin Angoras. I don’t want to admit it but I kind of like them – the personality is amazing on these animals. We go on a field trip to a fiber mill and also a fiber festival, realizing we can utilize the wool on these animals to do some cool crafts and learn a new skill.
We trade for more fuzzy bunnies through ARBA nationals.
We breed the fuzzy bunnies. The babies are adorable. We show a fuzzy bunny at a show and realize our original breeder friend took very good care of us in starter stock.
And now, it appears we are breeders of fuzzy bunnies. Also known as Satin Angoras. Lord help us.
LOL!! I’ve been so tempted by angoras. I heard the satins don’t need to be brushed all the time, is that true? what are you doing with the wool?
So far I am really impressed with how low maintenance they are. We have had to clean one yucky bottom and they seem to get tangled more than mats. I’ve been told these have the most personality out of any of the angoras “cat-like” is what they say.
I have always thought the satin angoras were the most wonderful looking rabbits. I welcome learning about your journey with this new breed. Good luck!
Going to love hearing about your Satin Angoras. My daughter had a white Angora when she was in 4-H. Now my granddaughter has rabbits in 4-H, and they are housed here at my house, I love rabbits so I am all for this !!!! And the garden benefits from the berries !! Makes my tight clay soil have the most wonderful texture. I noticed you sold berries for 5 dollars a sack, how many pounds?? Thanks you.
We used the 40 lbs feed sacks. So we empty them of rabbit food and fill them with bunny berries! Circle of life.