We enjoy french and satin angoras for many reasons. They are friendly rabbits- they give us joy to care for them. One of our does, Honey, is so sweet and comes to the hutch gate to be loved on by our children as soon as we enter the rabbitry. Also, our gardens benefit from the manure and we’re learning how to utilize their luxurious fiber. If you’re a spinner, you’ll love their wool!
Angora rabbits do best in a hutch with a wire flooring to keep debris out of their coats. They are a larger breed of rabbit and need at least 16 gauge if not 14 gauge wire flooring with plenty of room to move around (consider at least 24″ x 36″ x 18″). We have our hutches inside of bunny barn that is heated and cooled as needed. We take the rabbits out one at a time to frolic and eat fresh grass. The fair better in cold than in heat (all that wool!) but can do very well in either situation with some thought to providing them what they need.
Caring for this type of angora isn’t difficult but you do need to be ready to devote a certain amount of time to grooming. They should be blown out with either an actual blower or a small shop vac. A slicker brush or comb can also be used (belly, sides and bottoms) as needed. We groom our rabbits typically once a week. The more you handle them and pet them, the more joy you will have in taking care of them and the friendlier they will be. If any mats do form, try to gently and carefully untangle them by slowly pulling them apart or putting a comb in between their skin and the mat, then cut the mat out (this keeps you safe from accidentally nicking their thin skin). Rabbits backs are fragile and should always be handled well supported and with the mindset to protect their backs. Our rabbits typically love to be groomed and will close their eyes and relax while we brush and comb them. They especially love to be massaged behind their ears! Trimming their nails is important too. We have recently been showing our rabbits so grooming upkeep is very important but it is equally important as a fiber artist so that you can keep their wool in great shape when harvest time comes.
Angoras can develop a potentially deadly condition called wool block. Since they clean themselves like a cat, they often swallow some of their wool/fur. They can not cough it up or pass it through their digestive system and this can make the rabbit feel full and stop eating. Their droppings would become smaller and drier and eventually stop. The best thing to do is prevent this condition from developing. Be sure to feed them hay everyday and we also feed them a banana once a week to help everything to keep sliding through their system. I have also heard of others using pineapple, which we do occasionally. I’ve noticed that the main time they may start to have such a problem is close to wool molting. If you notice that their pellets are decreasing in size and are more dry and not big, plump and dark colored like they should be, then it’s likely their coat needs to be taken off.
When these rabbits start to lose their mature coat, it’s time to start gently plucking the wool by hand or with a stiff toothed comb if they have a pluckable coat. Bring a bag or box to harvest the wool. Hand plucking should never hurt the rabbit or cause any pain. The rabbit should be ready to release the wool and so you will find it comes out rather easily. I start on one side of the rabbit and then move to the middle of the back and then eventually to the other side. Once they are completely plucked they will look similar to how they did before the mature wool came in. Sometimes just combing them is enough to get the wool out once its releasing from the rabbit. Shearing is another option as some rabbits do not molt as well as others plus some people just prefer harvesting their wool with a cordless set of clippers. I use the Wahl Bravura for clipping.
Rabbits can be a fun and wonderful addition to your family’s farm (you don’t need a lot of land!). French and satin angoras have been a blessing to us and we hope they will be to your family too! Please check the blog posts for up to date info. See pictures of our current herd below!
From time to time we may have rabbits available for adoption. We do require that prospective owners understand the specific care requirements for angoras and that they research and be ready physically before we allow any rabbit to leave our home. We raise our rabbits for show, wool and homesteading benefits. If required, we may ask for a deposit if the rabbit is not quite ready to leave or if the new family isn't ready yet but has demonstrated they are ready for such an addition to their family and their lifestyle will support proper care of the animal. Deposits on rabbits are non refundable UNLESS something unforseen happens on sellers side. If an unforseen event were to occur, a replacement rabbit of same or better quality will be substituted or money refunded. Rabbits are sold in good health conditions (they will not be allowed to leave our rabbitry if there are any signs of health concerns) and it is up to the buyer to be prepared and educated in the care of angora rabbits in order to maintain the good health of their new fluffy companion. Please note: French and satin angoras are a lovely breed but they do require commitment to grooming, harvesting wool 3-4 times a year as well as daily care of feeding your bunny/rabbit and providing clean living areas. Rabbits need exercise like any living creature so please consider these things before adding a rabbit to your family.
Little Joe He’s not so little! He’s a beautiful REW (ruby eyed white-albino) boy. We’re pretty sure he’s a broken black under that blanket of white. He has 3 legs and is one leg away from gaining grand champion!
Carmel-This girl came all the way from North Carolina. This is our first broken French Angora and we can’t wait to watch her grow. She is a broken chocolate tort. She has wonderful wool and may be the best wool on any of our rabbits to date. She’s very curious and likes to explore.
Luna is our opal doe from Red House Rabbitry in Colorado. She is docile and friendly and has a very easy to maintain coat. She has beautiful, big babies.