Just yesterday we got a rabbit hutch and three Blanc de Hotot rabbits. This is my first time having rabbits, I am very excited. I am going to tell you a little about the breed and what we are going to do with them.
The Blanc de Hotot is a rabbit breed originally developed in France. It is a large white rabbit with black rings around each eye. The breed was developed in Hotot en auge, Normandy France in the early 1900s. It spread throughout Europe and eventually to North America in the 1920s, but it was very unpopular and it died out. The breed was imported to the US again in 1978. Today, it is currently listed as Threatened by The Livestock Conservancy. According to them it means “Fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 5,000.”
We are going to keep the rabbits for breeding. when they have their kits we will sell the ones that fit the breed standard the most and the ones that don’t we will eat.
We got out our rabbit hutch built by our friends at Lilac Acres Farmstead. They did an absolutely amazing job on it. It has a really cool built in watering system and a nice covered roof. We put it back in this little area as it stays shady all day.