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Friday, March 12, 2010

My Surprise- Revealed!

My surprise is finally here! A BEW Himi! :P



Ok, obviously I'm kidding. Meet Journey, my BEW Netherland Dwarf Buck. Thank you SO MUCH to Dennie, Susan & Gary, and Lory Ann for helping this beautiful little guy come live with me sooner than expected! :).


So, you're wondering why I have a BEW ND, right? I suspected you might be. Would you believe that I'm going to sell out the Jersey Woolies and concentrate on their wool-less counterparts?


No? I didn't think you'd buy that. That leaves another option though... Making BEW woolies!


BEWs are something I said I'd never do. You have to have a lot of cage space for them, VCs, VMs, etc. I decide to give it a try though, just to have a fun little project to play with.


My first hurdle is going to be that very first litter- I am going to get ALL VM or VC wool-less animals. Both BEW and Wool is recessive. So, I'll have to keep a baby out of the first litters and breed them to each other or to woolies to get the wool gene consistently- then I'll have to start hoping I pull BEW out.

I'm not sure how it's going to work out- it's going to be a lot of work and take a lot of time, I know that. However, I think it will be fun and I'm excited to give it a try! Journey will appear on all pedigrees as NETHERLAND DWARF or IMPORT. I haven't decided which yet.

Wish me luck! This doesn't mean oranges won't make an appearance in the barn as well, we'll just have to see.

-Kristen
Keep's Rabbitry

6 comments:

April said...

He's a good looking buck, I think he will do well for making BEW Woolies.

Gwen said...

I don't understand why you did just buy a pair of BEW woolies

Keep said...

Gwen, I very, very rarely see BEW woolies. From what I remember of seeing them in Nationals, they were VERY expensive. I have the type in my herd I want, so it was just easier and more cost effective for me to bring in a Netherland buck and work my way up from there, rather than spending a lot on a BEW wooly that might not mesh with my lines at all. :)

Leckie Lops said...

Very Cool, Kristen...do you have any target dates yet for when you're going to put a Keep's BEW JW on the show table, or is way to early for that?

Keep said...

Hehe Nathan it's way early for that. If everything goes perfectly, it will probably be almost a year from now.

Susie said...

:lol: I love him and cannot wait to send you some VM Magpies LOL :))

I love him Keep! :wub: :Wub: Congratulations :)