The red variety of New Zealand rabbits are by far the most popular among 4-H youth and urban homestead followers. Their intense red color is irresistible. For those who are not so skilled at rabbit processing, stray hairs from the Reds will not show up well on the meat. The Reds tend to have a calmer and friendlier temperament, likely because this breed variety has been extensively followed by ARBA and 4-H rabbit show breeders. We have put a lot of legwork into recapturing size and growth rate with the New Zealand We have several lines of reds in our breeding stock and have a fairly steady supply of weanlings and juniors available.
New Zealand White Rabbits
The New Zealand White rabbit is the quintessential meat rabbit; white fur does not show up on the meat, the rabbits stay cooler in the heat, and the pelts can be dyed any color of the rainbow after being tanned. The search for perfect colors in the red and black variety has caused some people to overlook size, growth rate, and production capacity. The folks who raise the NZ Whites have never lost sight of these factors, and white is often bred back into colored lines to bring up the size and growth rate of the offspring. White genetics tend to mask other color genetics carried by the rabbit, so it is not unusual for kits of color to show up in the nestbox even when two white rabbits with white in their immediate pedigrees are bred together. Pictured is a 10 week old doe reserved for future breeding stock due to her nice depth and thick muscular body. We have some exceptional lines of New Zealand White rabbits available and are pleased to be adding breeding stock from Manuel Hidalgo.
Black New Zealand Rabbits
There is something striking about the sleek, soft fur of the black New Zealand rabbit. A nestbox full of little black bunnies with their adorably little ears and big eyes pretty much defines "cuteness." The black variety and white variety can be interbred and produce solid colored kits in both coat colors. They can also be crossed with the broken pattern colors. We have several bloodlines of New Zealand Black rabbits and there is a fairly constant supply of quality weanlings and juniors available.
Blue New Zealand Rabbits
As of December 2016, ARBA has officially recognized Blue as a color variety of the New Zealand Breed. Hooray! Blue is a "dilute" genetic expression of Black and can be crossed out to black, broken black, and white lines. "Ashes" pictured on the left is molting out his urine bleached coat, he is not in showable condition but his spring coat should impress the judges once it comes in. Currently we are developing two genetically diverse lines of blue/ broken blue New Zealand rabbits by careful line breeding and then outcrossing to National Champion quality white and black varieties to improve conformation. Offspring will be available on a limited basis until the program is more fully developed.
Broken Red New Zealands!
Broken reds are very attractive rabbits. A broken buck or doe can be bred to a solid buck or doe, and produce both broken and solid kits. The ideal broken pattern rabbit has color markings on the nose, around the eyes, on both ears and over the loin; some have a spotted pattern while others have a blanket pattern which appears more like a solid color with "tuxedo" markings - a white blaze, white neck, and white on the abdomen and feet. We are excited to bring in Manuel Hidalgo lines to our broken red breeding program to improve the conformation and color quality in our breeding stock. The broken red kits don't stick around very long, contact us to inquire about availability.
The broken black variety follows the same criteria as the broken red; these rabbits can come in spotted or blanket pattern varieties. They are attractive rabbits with clown-like faces. Another benefit to the broken pattern rabbits is that they tend to process pretty cleanly, as the legs and vent have white hair and this is the part of the pelt that tends to interfere with the meat during processing. Like their broken red cousins, the weanlings don't stick around for long; contact us for availability.
Broken Blue New Zealands!
We are developing Broken Blue breeding stock along with Broken Black. This is my favorite color variety! Availablility will remain very limited through 2017 as the best of each litter is reserved to further our endeavors in this breeding program. Pictured is Serenity, she is also molting out during the photo shoot and nursing a healthy litter of 10 kits.