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
93GF chocolate buck 2/9/2010
Awesome Angora’s Avalanche x AA’s L’Oreal
color genetic code: aa bb Cc Dd Ee
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.
Hillside Phineus Phogge
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.
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 .
4M01 Agouti buck 3/24/2014
AJM’s Toffee x HS Twinkle
color genetic code: Aa Bb C(C) Dd Ee
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.
And this is Sydney after a haircut. More ears than anything else although a lot of those ears is just fringe and not actual ear.
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 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.
Petunia has lazy ears so she’d not a ‘show’ bunny, but she does have lovely wool 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.
5F10 REW Doe 8/7/2015
Hillside Cheiri x Hillside Country Cousin
Color Genetic code: aa _b cc _d _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.
This is Hillside Cheiri who is one of the ‘All Blacks’. She was born in a litter of five who were 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.
2F13 Black Doe 4/16/2012
Fair Hare’s Maile x Hillside Sherman
Color Genetic code: aa _b cc _d _e