Kaninchen Farm

Working to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Welcome

Welcome to Kaninchen Farm. We are a small hobby farm in Kalamazoo, MI. We currently raise Silver Fox and French Angora rabbits, though we have raised New Zealand, Creme D'Argent, Palomino, and Rex in the past. Check out our Events page, Rabbit Articles, and the FAQs. We've also got some printables and helpful articles. Have a look around and feel free to use the About Us & Contact Us page to send us an email with any questions or comments you may have. 

You can also keep up with the latest news on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KaninchenFarm/

Please be sure to read our sales policy as well. You can find it below.
 
March 2019 Update:
We do not currently have kits available.

Silver Fox - After taking a break over the winter, we've located new stock for our Silver Fox program that we will be bringing in from Maine. We are very excited about this as we'll be getting some top quality rabbits and some fresh blood into the Michigan/Indiana/Ohio area. We are considering going west as well to get some new stock from over there too. This will not only benefit us, but other breeders in the MI/IN/OH area since our kits are commonly sold there. We anticipate having kits born in May/June and available sometime after August.

French Angoras - We've gotten our new Angora lines picked out, settled in, and they will be bred later this month. This will hopefully give us kits in April, that will be ready for new homes beginning in June. We will have both show quality and woolers. 

New: I've finished adding articles about rabbit health, what's in our medicine box, and how to tattoo. Hopefully they will help teach you what you need to know about raising rabbits so that you feel confident you can be successful.
I've put out a set of printables that will are quick 1-2 page references for you on building a rabbit medicine box, tattoo kit, grooming kit, and more. Check them out in the Printables section. You can also grab a copy of our Rabbit Care Basics over there.

March Classes
March 9th (Saturday) Raising Angora Rabbits for Fiber @ Jay County Fiber Festival - Portland, IN
March 16th (Saturday) Preserving The Harvest @ Grand Rapids Community Seed Share - Grand Rapids, IN

We are branching out from just rabbits and are getting more into homestead education. I will be teaching a few classes this year on preserving, rain gardens, plant science for kids, and gardening in general. If you're interested in keeping up with what I am offering, check the Events page and subscribe below for updates. 

Angora Rabbit Class - Raising Angora Rabbits for Fiber

Class is over! We really enjoyed teaching at the Jay County Fiber Festival. If you were unable to attend the class, but are still interested in learning, we have a couple of options. We offer a pdf the class handouts for $5, or for $15 you can have the handouts and some fiber samples from all 5 breeds shipped right to you. Simply email us at kaninchenrabbits@gmail.com and I will get the information sent out to you. 

We are also looking into other teaching options in Kalamazoo and the rest of Michigan, so if there's somewhere you'd like us to teach at, send us an email and let us know. 



Are you wondering what the Angora rabbit class is going to cover? Well wonder no more. The first part of the class will be all about the fiber. We'll discuss the different breeds of wool rabbits, take a look at micron count and spinning fineness, and experience fiber from all 5 breeds of Angora. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the differences yourself, compare the colors, check out wool, spun yarn, and finished Angora creations. We will discuss different uses of Angora wool and its applications in various garments, with some mention about popular fiber blends.


In the second part of the class we will look at the rabbits themselves. We will cover rabbit anatomy, wool anatomy, housing and care requirements, and more. You will learn will goes into actually having Angoras, what to expect, and some options for marketing your fiber.


Are you ready for part 3? After the break we will cover grooming and each participant will get hands on experience grooming and harvesting one of my Angora rabbits. You will leave with some fiber from the rabbit you've groomed, handouts, and an afternoon of fun memories. 

We have been making sure that we comply with the Generally Accepted Agriculture and Management Practices (GAAMPS). GAAMPS are a voluntary list of practices intended to give animals adequate care and to provide for their well being. These GAAMPS provide scientifically backed guidelines for the care of each species of animal. While we've complied with GAAMPS for a while, we decided to share about each of them and how we apply them to our farm. They're a bit like our standard operating procedures and will give you valuable insight into how our produce, eggs, and animals are raised. Please click on the pages about Rabbits, Chickens, and Quail to learn more about how we raise them. You can also find more about the other GAAMPS on the GAAMPS page

Please don't feel overwhelmed looking at these GAAMPS, especially if you are a new breeder. Remember, these are voluntary. Our systems and practices didn't just happen into being, they were carefully thought out and evolved over time with trial and error. My hope is that by sharing them with you, you will have a better insight into how we run our mini farm, learn more about our techniques and quality, and that maybe you will find something you can apply to your homestead too.  

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Sales Policy

We do not sell pets. If you want a pet rabbit, please look elsewhere.
We do not ship rabbits, but may be able to let you know of any upcoming rabbit transports available.
We do not stud out our bucks for biosecurity reasons.
We do not accept checks or cards. Cash or Paypal only.
Rabbitry visits are not allowed for the safety of my rabbits and my family. Sales will take place at public locations in Kalamazoo, MI.
As always, we (or anyone else), cannot guarantee an animals show success or mothering ability.
By purchasing a rabbit from us, you are agreeing to our sales policy and terms.

Deposit
We require a 50% non-refundable deposit on rabbits made by cash, money order, or paypal. The remaining 50% is due upon acceptance of the rabbit.

Health
All rabbits will be guaranteed healthy at the time of sale. This means that all rabbits will have passed all of their recent health checks along with their check given the day of sale. If a problem does develop, especially within the first 7 days, call or email us immediately, and not after the rabbit has died. Even if it is a couple of months down the line, call us and we will be happy to share our experience with you.

Pick Up
Cage space is limited so all rabbits must be picked up within 2 weeks of deposit unless other arrangements have been made (pick up via upcoming show, etc). If you do not pick up your rabbit after 2 weeks, the rabbit will be listed for sale again. The exception is kits. Kits will be available no earlier than 8 weeks of age. If you are getting a duo or trio arrangements may be made to hold the earlier kit until all are ready for pick up.

Transports
We occasionally do rabbit transports. If that is the case, we charge a $10 rabbit transport fee per head.

Pedigree
All rabbits sold by Kaninchen Farm will come with a 3-generation pedigree. Rabbits also come with a starter bag of our current rabbit feed for transition. Please see our Files & Links page to download a copy of our rabbit care basics sheet.

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