Raising Quality Dutch in Black, Blue, Steel, and Tortoise.
Hi, my name is Julia Maddock, I'm 17 years old, and I am a youth breeder raising quality Dutch rabbits. I got my first rabbit when I was 7 years old, a blue Dutch buck, I named Oreo. I started showing at local 4-H shows, and I was hooked.
About three years ago, I made the decision to start breeding and showing my own rabbits. I spent a considerable amount of time getting the right foundation stock- including Gerhart, Schwandt, and Williamson lines. While I started with only blacks and blues, I have since added chocolate, gray, steel, and my personal favorite, tortoise Dutch. In late 2015, I also started my Beveren project, with white Beverens. They are SO different from my Dutch, and it's been a nice side project to have.
Over the four years I have been raising and showing rabbits, I have learned an incredible amount personally, and have been lucky enough to win many showmanship titles, 2015 National Average Management, Runner-up Dutch Queen, and a few other things here and there. But the best part of my rabbit project has definitely been the friends I've made a long the way! I certainly can't imagine life without this wonderful hobby and can't stress enough how much I LOVE it (Well, maybe I can.) Anyway! Enough about me...here's some pictures of our barn setup, and I hope you'll take a few moments to look around the site and check out my herd! Contact me anytime for more information on my rabbits and what I may have for sale. Thank you for your interest in me and my rabbits! :-)
Welcome to the barn! We have roughly 40 holes- two walls are stacking cages, and the opposite wall I have a long, waist high shelf I use for storage. The top is carpeted so I can take rabbits out and work with them. Obviously, I'm also using the tops of my cages as carrier storage :-)
I use "J" style feeders and water bottles, which really work well for me. I spend about an hour doing chores each day, and a few more every weekend to clean. The concrete floors make cleaning so easy! While it's not heated/AC yet, it does stay pretty toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. I do run a few fans to keep air going! But really, I absolutely love my barn. It's the perfect size, everything stays up off the floor, and I have room to put rabbits all over the place!