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2010-2011 Winter Issue - the American Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Club

2010-2011 Winter Issue - the American Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Club

District Seven Report

District Seven Report Laura Bock Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, & Eastern Canada I am sure there are plenty ADHRC members who have not yet attended an ARBA Convention. Just like putting off an ADHRC membership, one will not know what is missed until the benefits are personally reaped! I am guilty of both, so know first-hand that these two things are worth way beyond expectations! And so, I strongly encourage Dwarf Hotot breeders to join up and travel! Though I will not be able to continuously attend Conventions like many of our die-hards, I will never forget the fabulous time of meeting DH friends face to face and seeing my animals compete at such a prestigious level. Living this Dwarf Hotot dream was made possible for me by DH enthusiasts, Marilyn Miller and Beth Collins, whom I’d like to thank along with their families. The ADHRC network grows tremendously when members become a part of the activities in whatever way is possible for them. I was not able to go to my NY Convention but was thrilled to attend the ARBA Convention to make up for it! It was great to see our sons get #1 Open NY Sweepstakes for the 3rd year straight and now pull out for the next competition since we will not make our minimum 40% NY shows. Congratulations to all the winners! Best wishes for the rest of 2011!!! I also wanted to mention that I have a concern about some wood shavings bags I’ve seen marketed. The package has a photo image of animals, including a rabbit, BUT it is CEDAR shavings! I can't believe this could be when cedar is deadly to rabbits. I’d like to spread the word regarding this issue, in order to protect potential rabbit owners from buying such products. When packing up after our show at the mall last April, a stranger came up to me and asked my opinion of a bad rabbit death that she experienced. It sounded very strange, so I could not say for sure that I knew. Then she mentioned using cedar shavings.....that spun me right around. I told her that had to be it. A very sad death that could have been prevented. Now I’ve seen cedar shavings actually being packaged with a rabbit picture. People not knowing better would probably pick the cedar! Why not? It has a rabbit on the bag and it is known to be used in dog beds. Please spread the word! Winter 2011 Dwarf Hotot News Page 15

District 7 Placings at 2010 ARBA Convention: (These were all home-bred animals!) Open: Judge Glen Carr 7th Place/32 Sr. Buck: Laura Bock “Vin-Laur’s Paramount” 2nd Place/37 Jr. Buck: Joyce Amels “3J’s Unexpected Surprise” 7th Place/35 Jr. Doe: Laura Bock “Vin-Laur’s Queen Estelle” Youth: Judge Lee Engel 10th Place/16 Sr Doe: James Amels “Jimi’s Mini’s 1” 9th Place/ 17 Jr. Doe: James Amels “Jimi’s Mini’s 7” District Eight Report Shelley Bryan Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, & Central Canada Hello all, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years! We had a beautiful fall, but an early winter. December has been very cold and snowy, more like January weather. But our bunnies are lucky enough to be in a heated barn (actually it’s an old corn crib) that’s insulated so it isn’t too bad to heat unless it’s really windy. We try to maintain the temperature between 40 to 50 degrees. We just heat with one of those heaters that looks like a radiator, but breeding is still a challenge in the winter. We also use florescent lighting and keep lights on for about 15 hours a day. When we are ready to breed, some of the does still aren’t interested, so we’ll try them again the very next day and then they are more receptive. We also move them to a cage next to a buck, but sometimes they will get sprayed on and we will end up with some yellow does. In about 2 weeks we’ll palpate and if we don’t feel anything we’ll go ahead and re-breed. We then move the bred bunnies to the top cages on the stackers. About 2 days before they are due, we put a heat lamp with a 25 or a 40 watt regular light bulb in it on top of the cage over the nest box. Do NOT use a heat lamp bulb or you’ll burn up your litter. This will raise your nestbox temperature to about 20 to 25 degrees. If it warms up, I raise the light up higher away from the box. If you try this method, you should put a thermometer in the nestbox before to make sure it’s not too cold or too hot. I usually keep it in the 70’s. The larger the litter, and the older they get, the less heat they need. Make sure the cords to your lamps are un-reachable to the does so they won’t be Winter 2011 Dwarf Hotot News Page 16

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