I can’t believe it has been a year since I’ve posted on this blog. It has been a very busy year, especially at work, so let me first apologize for taking so long to get back on this site. There have been a lot of chocolate based English Lops born at Broadway Stars the past few months. In fact, there are two litters that contain only chocolates/lilacs. These sixteen kits are five weeks old, so it will be a couple more months before they are available. My first chocolate chestnut, a buck named Ritz, is four months old, and he will be on the show table in Mesquite, Texas Memorial Day weekend. There is a two week old broken Chocolate Chestnut here now, too–totally adorable! I expect to have several junior English Lops available at Mesquite. All of them should at least carry chocolate, and one or two will be chocolate.
I also have an outstanding Giant Chinchilla doe named Audrey Hepburn. She received four Grand Champion legs on her first show weekend at the COTS Show in Shreveport, including a Reserve in Show at the Rare Breed Specialty. She is only six months old and already weighs over the minimum of 13 pounds! I can’t wait to see what she produces, and hope she really steps up Broadway Stars Giant Chinchilla program.
We attended the Northeast Arkansas Rabbit Breeder’s Show in Jonesboro on Saturday. We had a great time visiting with friends and showing rabbits. We were done with two shows by 1 p.m.! Very well run show. In Giant Chinchillas, TnT’s Ivanhoe (purchased fromWesley Tero) took Best Opposite Sex in Show B earning his first Grand Champion Leg.
And Broadway Stars’ Zsa Zsa Gabor, a junior doe, won her class of 7 in both shows, and then took BOS in Show C, earning her 2nd and 3rd Grand Champion Legs this weekend.
In English Lops, Broadway Stars’ Rocket was BOB in Show B, and a little blue tort doe that hasn’t even been named yet was BOS in Show C. Unfortunately, there were only two breeders, so no legs for them this time.
If I can learn to find my way around Jonesboro, I will definitely try to keep this show in our schedule.
No box of chocolates this time, just a single Bonbon. Truffle had some problems with her delivery, and had a single broken chocolate kit, now named Bonbon. 🙂 I hope to repeat this breeding to Amaretto in the fall, but now Truffle will be bred to Frosty, a REW buck, to determine if he is actually chocolate under his white coat. Bonbon will be raised by Petals, with her litter of five. Petals’ first litter includes a chocolate (and possibly lilac), so she is a confirmed chocolate carrier, also.
I am very excited about another upcoming litter. Glitter, a chestnut doe (A_ Bb C_ Dd E_), was bred to Starbucks, a buck that is suspected to be a self chocolate chin (aa bb cchdc Dd E_). Starbucks carries REW, and if Glitter carries REW, also, then there is the potential for this litter to produce chocolate and lilac chins! Even if that doesn’t happen, Stars may still have chocolate based agoutis–Chocolate Chestnut and Lynx–from this breeding. Dusty, a Lilac GTS, is our only chocolate agouti so far.
Nice day in the rabbitry today. Three does are due next week, so I was watching mommy tummies today and confirmed that Truffle, the broken chocolate doe, definitely has some babies kicking around in there. She is bred to Amaretto, the chocolate tort buck below. Look for pictures in a week or so! Petals and Cate are due next week, too. I do expect some chocolate bunnies from these breedings also. Rachael Ray had a litter of seven this week, and one or two look like lilacs. All of these will be chocolate carriers as she was bred to Rocket, a broken lilac buck.