Meet the Bunnies

The English angora bunnies here at Hillside Farm provide fiber for Hula Bunny yarn.    They are a lot like little sheep, ‘micro-sheep’, if you will,  although I think they are a lot cuter and more cuddly than most sheep.  Technically, they are still ‘livestock’ even if they are absurdly cute, fuzzy, sweet & cuddly.  Their primary purpose is to provide fiber, bunny hugs are just extra.

English angoras are about five to six pounds when they are fully grown, although with the amount of ‘wool’ on them, they look huge.  Oh, in the angora world, their fur is called ‘wool’ just as if it were from a sheep.

We keep around two to six male bunnies, who are called ‘bucks’, and up to two dozen females, who are called ‘does’.   The boy bunnies have their own hutch spaces since they can get grumpy if they share with other males.  The females are all pretty happy living in large groups.  

Here’s the current herd here at Hillside Farm


Hillside Farm Herd Sires

November 12th, 2016

Grinlow's Dozer                          Grinlow’s Dozer                         

93GF  chocolate buck  2/9/2010
Awesome Angora’s Avalanche x AA’s L’Oreal 
color genetic code: aa bb CDEe

He’s one of the six who were imported from the mainland in 2010.  T seven years old, he’s a very senior buck now and doesn’t report for buck duty anymore.  He’s had a lot of offspring over the years, though, and his lovely temperament and dense coat breeds true.  



Phineus Pogge                Hillside Phineus Phogge                
6M08 lilac buck   
Grinlow’s Dozer x Hillside Petunia   3/16/2016
  color genetic code:  aa bb Cc dd E_

Phineus Phogge is a very sweet buck.  Very friendly with lovely dense soft & silky wool.  As a lilac he has lots of color recessive genes so he can have litters with lots of color in them.  He’s Dozer’s replacement as chocolate herd buck.   
gray bunny with red mask
Hillside Phineus Phogge

This is Phin at one year old.  In this picture, he’s got one coat about halfway ready to be harvested – that’s the light colored coat.  A bunny only has so much color for each hair and as the hair gets longer, the color gets diluted.  He’s also gotten an almost red mask, which is kinda new, we will see if it’s still there after the next coat grows in.

He still doesn’t have any offspring, although we’ve tried several times.  He will get a haircut pretty soon and try again.  I’d like to get his coat on another generation.



Hillside Sydney - agouti buck                             Hillside Sydney                        .

4M01 Agouti buck   3/24/2014
AJM’s Toffee x HS Twinkle
color genetic code:   Aa Bb C(C) Dd E

Technically he’s not a resident buck here but he lives close by and the girls can visit.  Sydney is a really friendly bunny almost too friendly to be a herd buck.  He wanted to be a special bunny with his very own people to spoil him rotten so he moved up mountain where they bring him organic carrot tops and kale instead of merely ti leaves and guinea grass.  Girl bunnies go up to visit him frequently and when his people go on vacation, Syd comes down the mountain and hangs out with the herd.  He tries to explain to me that I’m being mean to him by not bringing him his usual gourmet meals, but he still eats his ti and mulberry leaves even with a grumpy look on  his face.

This is one of his baby pictures from when  he was 12 days old.  He didn’t quite have his eyes opened yet.

Hillside Sydney 12 days old
Sydney’s baby picture

Hillside SydneyAnd this is Sydney after a haircut.  More ears than anything else although a lot of those ears is just fringe and not actual ear.



black bunny with bad haircut              Hillside Gomez                

5M14 black buck   
Hillside Country Cousin x Hillside Nicky Epstein  8/24/2015
  color genetic code:  aa B_C_D_E_
Gomez is a black buck who may or may not be an official herd buck here.  He’s currently ‘just visiting’ but he may end up remaining here as a herd buck.   We will see how things go along.  He’s met up with a few of the girls here already and we will hopefully be seeing his offspring soon.


Hillside Farmgirls


REW doe                TLH Dolce                

TLH1 Ruby Eyed White doe   
TM’s B2TM x 24 Karrot Luccehese Bleu   6/17/2010
  color genetic code:  aa Bb cc Dd Ee

Dolce is the senior doe and queen diva bunny.  She is one of the six  adult angoras who were imported from the mainland in 2010.  She’s had a lot of offspring, but is retired from breeding now.  She still produces lovely white wool for Hula Bunny’s ‘Coconut Dream’ color yarn.  She is the originator of a lot of the color in the herd even though she’s a white rabbit.



                Hillside Petunia                
2F16 Ruby Eyed White Doe   
Grinlow’s Dozer x TLH Dolce   2/18/2012
  color genetic code:  aa _b cc _d _

Petunia has lazy ears so she’d not a ‘show’ bunny, but she does have lovely wool with excellent texture and a lovely temperament.  She occasionally gets bred because of the quality of her wool and so far most of her offspring haven’t had her ears.  This picture was taken when she was 5  years and 1 month old.



Hillside Suzie 10 weeks old
Hillside Suzie 10 weeks old

Hillside Suzie
5F10 REW Doe   8/7/2015
Hillside Cheiri x Hillside Country Cousin
Color Genetic code: aa _b cc __e

Hillside Suzie is from the year we were naming bunnies after famous people.  So our Suzie is named after the Famous Author Suzie Sagrue who wrote the book ‘The Nervous New Owner’s Guide to Angora Rabbits’.  The bunnies consider Suzie  to be very famous person indeed.

Hillside Suzie has a lovely temperament, great wool and good conformation.


Hillside Cheiri at 5 months
Hillside Cheiri at 5 months

Hillside Cheiri
2F13 Black Doe   4/16/2012
Fair Hare’s Maile x Hillside Sherman
Color Genetic code: aa _b cc __e

This is Hillside Cheiri who is one of the ‘All Blacks’.   She was born in a litter of five who were, well, all black.  Their mum is a Ruby Eyed White (REW) and their sire is a tortoiseshell so it was a bit surprising to find five All Blacks.  Cheiri is a nice solid bun with lovely wool.  She provides fiber for the ‘Moonlit Dance’ color of Hula Bunny Yarn.


 

black English angora looking out of her hutch

Hillside Gayle
6F19 Black Doe   10/24/2016
Hirata’s Cocoa Puff x Hillside Joey
Color Genetic code: aa Bb Cc D_ E_

Hillside Gayle is one of the ‘atmospheric conditions’ named bunnies, so she was born last year in 2016.  She’s a nice solid black bun and we hope she will have some babies sometime soon.


black bunny in hutch with a mouthfull of nesting material Hillside Janet VC
5F15 Black Doe   8/24/2015
Hillside Nicky Epstein x Hillside Country Cousin
Color Genetic code: aa Bb Cc D_ E_

Janet is a nice solid black doe, although she carries the recessive Vienna gene which makes white spots on bunnies’ heads and feet as well as white toenails on colored bunnies.  Which are all pretty much a DQ (disqualification) on a show table when you’re an English angora.  That’s what the ‘VC’ is at the end of her name, it stands for ‘Vienna Carrier’.  So, we won’t be breeding Janet anymore.  The Vienna gene is good if you’re looking to breed a Blue Eyed White, but since these are fiber bunnies, we don’t really care what color their eyes are.  We are looking for the best fiber possible.


picture of a fuzzy gray bunny

Hillside Myste
6F14 Lilac Doe   4/14/2016
Hillside Tootsie x Hillside Sydney
Color Genetic code: aa bb C_ dd Ee

Myste is another one of the ‘atmospheric condition’ named bunnies, so her birthday is in 2016.  She has lovely soft wool and is a bit shy.  


Blonde fluffy bunny eating

Hillside Sandy Storm
6F18 Fawn Doe   4/14/2016
Hillside Tootsie x Hillside Sydney
Color Genetic code: Aa Bb C_ D_ ee

Sandy is a litter mate to Myste so she’s another one of the ‘atmospheric conditions’ named bunnies.  Sandy is a lovely fawn colored bunny.


Chocolate agouti doe
Sirocco after a molt
Hillside Sirocco, a chocolate agouti doe
Hillside Sirocco with her coat half grown out

Hillside Sirocco
6F16 Chocolate Agouti Doe   4/14/2016
Hillside Tootsie x Hillside Sydney
Color Genetic code: Aa bb C_ D_ Ee

Sirocco is a litter mate to Myste and Sandy Storm so she’s another one of the ‘atmospheric conditions’ named bunnies.  Sirocco molts easily and cleanly, so we’re hoping to get some offspring from her with the same characteristics.