Fuzzy & Feasible for Any Grower

Best of Show Netherland Dwarf

Ever have those days when you have a ‘billion’ things to do and when you finally sit down to start working on the project you have a ‘brain fart’ and you just can’t think?  I’ve had just that kind of a week!   Yesterday one of my chores included spending time harvesting in the greenhouse and preparing it for the week I will be absent.   I swept the bunny ‘barn’ that is my gateway to the greenhouse.    We have a rabbit show to participate in this weekend so I was happy to see a few of the ‘juniors’ from last year have got a fabulous coat  for that show. I can’t help but think it must be the lettuce and grass I’ve been growing for them to enjoy.

In the image above I share with you one of my fuzzy greenhouse friends.  There are days you will find this cute little cuddle critter hopping around in between my winter harvest in the greenhouse.   I’m a big fan of the Netherland Dwarf because they are small and they don’t eat much.  The fact that they don’t eat much means less pellets to purchase for them making them an inexpensive pet to enjoy. These little critters were first introduced to us for a 4H project 8 years ago.   Since then my little 4H’er has taken the project to the next level by breeding this variety, showing in national rabbit shows, participating in local rabbit associations all while continuing her 4H career.    The rabbit project has provided not only a wonderful experience for my child to learn responsibility but the fact that the animals are being raised as the center focus in my greenhouse project it has brought awareness to how rabbits can provide much more then cuddles.   The bunny poo that is cleaned from their cages is mixed into a designated raised bed.  It is mixed with the soil and used for growing veggies and blooms around the rabbitry.

Now you maybe thinking you don’t live on a farm and you don’t own a barn so these little critters are not for you.   The great thing about smaller breeds like the Netherland Dwarf is they take up little space and most breeders I know even keep them in their city home.   I even know a beautiful couple who have large 40 pound Californian’s that dwell in their home as a cat would.  The bunnies actually have their own litter box they use!  HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Important to Note :

  • The Netherland Dwarf is only 2 lbs. as an adult
  • The Netherland Dwarf eats under 2 oz. of food a day.
  • They are wonderful pets if you remember to cuddle them!
  • Their waste breaks down quickly for easy use.

Chris McLaughlin has a book coming out about raising rabbits and the benfits of using them in your garden.  I will keep you posted on my network when that book is done at the printers.

What are your thoughts about fuzzy friends in the garden?  Do you own a rabbit and have some tips you would like to share?  I would love to hear from you.

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8 thoughts on “Fuzzy & Feasible for Any Grower

  1. Thanks for mentioning my book – I’m really excited for it to come out in November!

    Ohh…for a nice show coat: Try a few black oil sunflower seeds in their feed everyday. Do this a couple of months ahead of a show – NOT two weeks before. They tend to blow their coat when you give them theses – but a beautiful one moves in from there. :D

    Love your little guy – we’ll have to get some good pics of our ND, Carmel Macchiato.

    We’re seeing Rabbit Fever tomorrow night – have you seen it? http://www.rabbitfever.com/trailer/

  2. I’ve actually been thinking about getting rabbits. I have a bit of a space issue in my apartment right now. Can you keep them outside in hot weather? I live in Austin, TX and it gets in the 100s for extended periods of time. I was afraid they would get heat exhaustion…

    1. You would have to get a fan or put ice bottles in their cages daily to keep them cool. You might want to check with a Texan rabbitry to see how they handle the heat. Here in Ohio we get up to the high 90’s for weeks on end and we use fans to keep the rabbitry cool.