My oldest junior, Clementine, is beautiful. She's maturing better and better. She never went through an "ugly" stage. I love that most rabbits from my line don't go through "uglies". She has a really pretty big head, awesome body and HQ, lovely short and wide ears and nice bone. Her biggest faults are her weak ankles and tight crown, but all the judges I talked to told me that she's a keeper for sure. And I definitely have bucks that offset her biggest faults. Of course in the pictures below, she just did not want to pose properly. This girl has an attitude and she makes sure you know it.
Missy, the chinchilla, is gorgeous. I love her coloring, bone, and body. She has a nice big head and width and mass all around. But her bone is long, and her ears are really long. She's definitely a false dwarf and most likely will be over 4lbs.
This chestnut is the little doe of the bunch, Holly's Heidi. She's a handful, and she knows it too. Most likely she'll be a false dwarf doe as well - she's a big girl. She's not as nice as her brothers but she's promising for sure. At this stage, she has a nice head (especially for a doe), nice bone, and nice width. She does slope a bit in her HQ but this is also her first time posing, and she's so young, so that can develop with age and posing practice.
At this point in my rabbitry, I don't have to sell rabbits from each litter because they are pet-quality. I have to part with some really nice stock because I just don't have the space for every promising junior. Once I get a shed I will be able to grow out more babies, but for now, I need to trust my instincts. I expect the babies from my upcoming litters with Wicket x Butterfly and Wicket x Maybeline will also be extremely nice and I'll be keeping kits from those two litters as well. So this summer and fall I will have some really nice show/4-H/breeding rabbits available, and of course those can be sold as pets too.
This fall I am taking 5 classes at EvCC and that means I'll have to downsize my herd again to a manageable amount. If I have a shed, that amount will probably be more than it was this past fall and winter. It will be so much easier and more fun to clean and spend time with the bunnies in a shed, so it won't seem so much of a chore.