What are the top 5 things, in your opinion, that it takes to breed and raise Holland Lops?
1- A lot of cage space! Well not a lot, but at least 2+ extra cages, because babies have to grow out before you can tell their true potential! And you'll always want more. always.
2- A strong stomach. Some babies are genetically deformed, and they cannot possibly live/shouldn't live. Peanuts will normally not live past 2 weeks, and Max Factors you would have to kill yourself if you got any. Sometimes you have to help pull a stuck kit, a mom dies during labor, and other things that can happen. It's worth it to me!
3- Time. Hollands need attention, they need fed and watered at least twice a day, in hot weather you need to check on them and water them more. When a doe is near her due date, you should be there, and check on her often. In a shed your Hollands would need the doors closed and opened, night and morning.
4- Money. Ok, ok, no you don't need to be rich, but a good Holland is generally expensive! Then the feed bill, cages, supplies...it all adds up! If your looking at raising Hollands to make money, well that might not happen. Most of the money goes back into the rabbits! You should save up and make sure you have all the supplies before your first Hollands enter the barn!
5- Backup Plans. Who will take care of your rabbits on vacation? If your sick? If you get hurt? What about spending the night with a friend (if your a youth), will your parents take care of them for you? These are all things to take into consideration before starting to raise and breed Hollands..