FWL-Angora Rabbits

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Angora rabbits are one of the most unique rabbits I have ever seen.  I was first introduced to these fluffy little guys at a farm tour last year.  Have you ever heard of them?

The most distinguishable characteristic of the Angora Rabbits is their wild hair.  They literally look like fuzzy dust bunnies.

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The rabbits have super soft hair which can be spun into all kinds of beautiful things.  These rabbits are a bit high maintenance and require regular brushing to keep the tangles out of their hair.

Angoras naturally shed their hair every 90 days or so, but most require different methods of harvesting their hair.  There are special brushes and tools available to assist with the harvest.

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I just love them!

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I would love to hear from you all if you have any experience with these fluff balls!

Until next time…

FINALSIGNOFF

12 thoughts on “FWL-Angora Rabbits

  1. Laura, If you ever get a chance attend the NC State Rabbit Assoc show. You can look it up when it is. There are so many different kinds of rabbits it is awesome. That’s where I saw my first Angora rabbit and how they cared for them. I have two Lionheads super cute. Good luck with the homesteading.

  2. Sorry…don’t know noth’n about bunnies! Just had a question for you? With the new farm & all…are you planning on planting fruit trees & such? I planted several different types & they’re just starting to be productive, what a joy it is watch them grow & produce! I make jams/jellies, can, freeze & make wine with them! But….I don’t know much about pruning & fertilizing. If I did….I’m sure they would be more productive!
    Would love to see some articles on “How to grow, prune & care for fruit trees, grapes & such!” Also…I raise honey bees as well! You should try your hand at that! It’s really kinda simple, enjoyable & relaxe’n! Except…when the girls get a little excited from time to time! (that’s not so relaxe’n) But… Noth’n better than fresh honey on a warm biscuit or a spoonful in your coffee/tea for whatever ales you! That’s just a couple of things on the farm that…don’t need much tending too! Get them started today….for many years of enjoyment! At my place….I started everything from scratch & I’m always think’n of things I can do, to not only make my property more productive, but also….how it will benefit future generations to come! Anyways…That’s just me…I was just think’n! Peace to Ya! 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences! We will definitely be planting fruit trees-the idea of homegrown fruit for pies and jams makes my mouth water. I am going to a farm convention in April so if there is any useful information about fruit trees I will definitely share.

  3. So, here is the story of Harry, The Angora Bunny: Rebecca wanted a rabbit, but not just any rabbit, …..Oh no, Rebecca’s rabbit was going to be a family member with the run of her suburban home and litter box training. Part of Rebecca’s strategy in convincing her husband Bill about the new addition was to entice him into the idea of an “Angora Rabbit,” …one which would shed the most wonderful fur for which Rebecca would knit Bill a lovely, warm, toboggan hat to keep his head toasty during our “fierce, frigid” Charlotte, NC winters, ……right. Well, Bill bought into the idea and the family picked out Harry from a local farm for about $30.00 and proceeded to love him well! Harry became something of a celebrity in the neighborhood and everyone was astounded at how Harry readily learned to use a litter box. As Harry grew, Rebecca would brush him daily to begin harvesting the prized Angora fur and when there was enough, Rebecca contacted a homestead company for the “just right” instruments for “carding” the fur into rolls, ….this was about $50.00. Then Rebecca told Bill she needed a “spinning wheel,” again, from the homestead company, so as to “spin” the precious fur into yarn. The spinning wheel cost about $250.00. Once Rebecca had acquired the right amount of yarn for the project, she needed special knitting needles which were about $25.00. All day and into the night Rebecca knitted the promised toboggan hat into being and when it was finished, she presented it to Bill with pride. Bill was delighted with the hat. The background story amid all the Harry-Angora-Fur-Carding-Spinning-Knitting activities was that Bill purchased for himself his “dream” BIG screen television which was an expensive purchase at the time. On the day that Rebecca presented the prized toboggan hat to Bill, Bill was kicked back in his recliner and enjoying a big game on his new TV. Suddenly, the TV went dead for no apparent reason. Bill checked the cable connection on the tv, changed the batteries in the remote, played with clicking it on and off several times to no avail. Just before calling the cable company to send out a serviceman, Bill chanced to notice the cords behind the television were “chewed” to pieces leaving Harry as the obvious culprit. With much gnashing of teeth, Bill returned his BIG screen television for a cord replacement which cost approximately $100.00. So, the story, as Bill tells it, is that his toboggan hat ultimately cost him around $500.00, ……the most expensive hat he has ever owned, but on the two occasions he wears it on a frigid, Charlotte NC WINTER DAY, his head was really warm!

    Dianne Maxwell

    704-904-4582

    Tiersofjoyvintagecakestands.com

  4. That story about the angora rabbit is hilarious and true to so many “good” ideas on a homestead(i.e. our 1200$ homemade greenhouse that has cost 600$ to heat this winter in wood and propane and only given us 4 green tomatoes!) But you live and learn. We do have rabbits and I really enjoy them. To me they act like cats. They are adorable and very fertile. We breed them every few months and sale babies to cover the cost of feed. My daughter feel in love with one of the first litter we raised so we decided to keep one and although she is not angora she is very very very fuzzy. She weighs about 7 lbs but looks like a small dog. I can see where the idea of fur would be good to sale straight out without you spinning it and all just harvest and sale but I think they’d be really time consuming. I am always having to brush our fuzzy bunny and clean out accidents that get stuck in her fur. And dare I bring it up but meat rabbits fetch a nice return on investment. We have yet to head down that road but have been approached by a local butcher offering a good amount per pound.

    • Thank you for the great insight. From what I have researched and others have shared with me, rabbits are a great homesteading adventure. I can’t wait to get started. Meat rabbits are an easy, profitable venture-you should definitely look into it.

  5. check out Sarah’s blog at frulingskabine micro-farm.com. she has been raising angoras and spinning for some time now and she is in the same place in life that you are with a big move for her family to a new farm

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