Welcome to the herd, Lucky Lops' Otis! He's a broken chestnut buck, and will stay small as an adult. He's still a junior but turns 6 months old before the end of the month. My top three things I needed when searching for a buck were: small in size, broken pattern, and width in the loin, which is something the majority of my herd lacks. I was trying to hold out on buying a broken buck for a logn time and try to PRODUCE a broken buck for myself but for some reason, none of my broken does would give me broken bucks, or barely any brokens at all! Thankfully, Otis fits all the areas I needed, and even more of my wants! I bought him before the show began, because he had a brother (also a broken chestnut), that had sold already, so I needed to work quickly to buy a rabbit from their stock because they were selling fast! His brother was $150 and Otis was only $100, so I thought I had missed out on the better of the two. However, throughout the day, in the three shows (in open), that he had entered, Otis won his class right over his brother! He picked up his first leg that day and I couldn't be more thrilled because he's mine now!! He's adjusting so well and getting to meet a few ladies in a couple weeks, once I'm sure he's settled and healthy.
If you guys are interested in how the show went for my homegrowns, I have updated my show news page with those details. It was Baby's first time out (and she's only 8 weeks old), so I wasn't expecting much, and she got last in her class each time, but she got great comments about how promising she'll be as an adult or older junior. Unfortunately I think she might go over the weight limit. I'm hoping she stays small so I can get some legs on her!!
I sold all the babies I had available, Honeydew, Thunder, and Rain, but I do have Nemo for sale as a pet. He has a split penis, which is the first one ever in my herd. He's been shown before and no judge has caught it or pointed it out to me, so I didn't know about it, until Saturday when he was DQ'ed in one of the shows and I saw it for myself. It's too bad but I was needing to sell him anyways. In most circumstances, I think a breeder would hide this type of DQ and not tell their followers about it because it's genetic and people can think you have a "bad herd" once it occurs. But I want to be honest with you guys and not hide anything like that. I checked all my other bucks super well when I got home, especially his brother, and they are all good, so I think maybe it was a fluke. And whether you know it or not, ALL BREEDERS get some kind of genetic DQs (besides weight) at some point in their rabbitries, and most of them get it way more than I do! I've never had mismatched toenails, which are common for some, or any other DQs before this one. Going 6 years before something like this is good for me! As for the babies, right now I'm keeping Holly's Dwight and Holly's Baby, both Butterfly's babies!
Thanks for reading some of my thoughts and enjoy the rest of your day! Sorry it was kind of random :) I'll post again once babies are born and I'm also posting a herd update on YouTube today, so you can catch me there!