We are a small rabbitry located in York County Pennsylvania (PA), we began raising rabbits in 2008 as a way to raise our own healthy meat. we switched from mixed breed rabbits to American Blue and American White rabbits in 2009 because we wanted to raise a heritage breed and we began showing these rabbit and selling breeding stock and rabbit meat. Recently we have gotten a trio of Silver Fox rabbits and are beginning to raise them for show and meat production. We are a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association
Currently we have ten American Blue females and three males which all have pedigree and have been shown in ARBA shows. Our highest quality babies are sold with pedigrees for breeding stock or are kept to replace and improve our breeding stock, lower quality rabbits are processed for rabbit meat. We are currently working on expanding to meet the ever growing demand for rabbit meat
The American Blue rabbit was introduced by Lewis H. Salisbury and accepted by the ARBA in 1918. He never told what rabbits he used to create the American Blue, they where raised for meat and fur.It was known for being the bluest of all the blue rabbits and in the 1920's furriers where paying an unbelievable 2.00 for a good pelt and a doe of breeding age started at 25.00. They where popular until 1950 when the New Zealand took over as the primary meat rabbit. The American blue is now the RAREST rabbit breed in the world and is listed as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
The Silver Fox rabbit was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox is a multi-purpose breed that is raised for meat and fur. The breed was recognized and a standard approved in 1925 under the name American Heavyweight Silver. In 1929 the name was changed to the American Silver Fox and later to Silver Fox. The breed has always been recognized in two varieties - blue and black. During the 1970s, however, the blues were dropped from the American Rabbit Breeders Association standards due to lack of numbers being shown.
The Silver Fox was the first large breed produced that dressed out at 65% of its live weight. Does have large litters, produce plenty of milk, are excellent mothers, and make wonderful foster mothers. Silver Fox are known for their docile and gentle nature, the young are born either solid black or blue and begin to show silvering of their fur at about 4 weeks. The silvering process takes 4 months to complete. The fur is one of the most attractive and unusual features of the breed, it is extremely dense and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. When the fur is stroked from tail to head, it will stand straight up until stroked in the opposite direction. This trait is found in no other breed and greatly resembles the pelt of the silver fox of the Artic.