Silver Fox Rabbit
Classified as “Threatened” by the ALBC (June 2012), the Silver Fox Rabbit is the newest addition to the livestock/poultry mix on Grimm Acres, and is fitting in wonderfully.
According to the The Livestock Conservancy (previously the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy), “The Silver Fox rabbit is the third breed developed in the United States. It was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox is truly a multi-purpose breed, raised for meat and fur.”
These beautiful rabbits are a large breed. The bucks often weigh 10 to 11 pounds and the does can reach 12 pounds. They are a great meat rabbit, dressing out at 65% of live weight. They reproduce well. The does have large litters and are great moms, attentive but calm. That calm nature makes them great pets, as well as utility animals.
But it’s their coat that makes them really unique. 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.” ALBC.
|A young Silver Fox rabbit|
We raise these great rabbits to sell as pets, for 4H projects, as breeding stock and as meat rabbits. The rabbits sold as pets and for 4H are handled several times a week to help them be the friendly, social rabbits this breed is inclined to be.
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