This year has been really hard with litters and losses. This is the first year that I've had more babies die than those that survive, but that is extremely common in Hollands. However, it's also been super rewarding in the showroom and in my breedings. I'm finally getting to a place where I'm proud with what my little herd is accomplishing. It's crazy to think about where I was this time last year. Almost my entire herd is brand-new stock purchased this year.
2016 will be my second to last year showing as a youth. I turn 19 at the end of 2017, and in 2018 I will begin showing in open, which is a huge task for a small rabbitry like mine. I hope to produce stock in these next coming years that are worthy of showing in open, so that in 2018 I might stand a chance going up against the "big boys".
Every year at the end of December I write a post on my rabbitry expenses and rabbit stats for that year. Here's a review of 2015 for HHR.
Last year's stats will be in (parentheses)
Babies born: 41 (20)
Babies raised to 8wks: 18 (13)
Babies died: 23 (7)
Babies kept: 3 (2)
# total litters: 10 (4)
3 litters were complete failures, as Hazel, Rosie and Saige each had one litter with all DOA.
New (purchased) additions:
Bramblehedge's Typhoon (opal)
Muddy Creek's Maybeline (blue)
LCL's Angus (black)
Dragonfly's Gracie (orange)
Bramblehedge's Hazelnut (chestnut)
Holly's Cinnamon (blue tort)
Shows Attended: 4
Major Winnings: BOSV
Legs: 1 (Butterfly)
Since I started school this year and had a busy fall/winter, there were 3 shows I missed. I'm bummed we didn't end the show season with better placements, but that's ok! I know this year's juniors are better than last year's, even though they didn't have as great of winnings.
~Made (on rabbits): $960
~Made (with boarding service): $880
The only way I made a profit this year is with my boarding service! It's so much fun to board other rabbits but it also keeps me in the black, so that's nice!
If you want to see my previous years, click HERE (2014) and HERE (2013)