Rabbit Rhythms November 2021:
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Just in time for the holidays, Raising-Rabbits now has the BUNNY BAZAAR! The Bunny Bazaar Online Shopping Mall is your one-stop shop for rabbit swag for your buns and humans!
Check out November's Breed of the Month - the versatile Champagne d'Argent Rabbit, an ancient French breed valued for its unique "old silver" pelts. These beautiful bunnies are available at What The Fluffle rabbitry in Dobson, NC.
Tip of the Month: Calling all rabbit breeders in Louisiana, New Mexico, and South Dakota!! If you live in one of these states (or anywhere, actually), you can put yourself on the rabbit raising map and in the view of people interested in purchasing the rabbits you are raising!
Thanksgiving this year falls on November 25, so we chose a topic for which we can give thanks. Our feature article is titled, "Giving Thanks for Luscious Lapin." With the rise of the homesteading movement comes a return of rabbit meat to the North American dinner table. In case this topic is not your favorite, we've put it at the bottom of this page.
This November 2021 Rabbit Rhythms Newsletter includes the entry form to our Fall/Halloween Photo Contest! The deadline for submitting your entry is NOVEMBER 15.
Do you enjoy photographing and dressing up your buns in costumes?? Well, we'd love to see your creativity! Send us your photos and you may win some very cool prizes. No application fee! Details about rules and prizes are found on our Bunny Photo Contest page.
To enter our Fall Photo Contest, Click HERE! Thank you! We hope you will have fun participating in our Fall/Halloween Photo Contest!
The November 2021 Breed of the Month is the Champagne d’Argent (CDA), or Argente Champagne as it is known in the UK. If you are interested in this unique rabbit, check out What the Fluffle Rabbitry in Dobson, North Carolina.
Champagne d'Argents are international superstars because they are so versatile. They can be a great rabbit for show, meat, fur, and as a pet.
Their standings in shows depend on local standards and emphasis of use.
In the UK, the fur is the main focus, so the standard of perfection is about 8 pounds with super thick fur that stands up so you can see the different hair colors.
In American shows, the emphasis is centered on the meat of the rabbit, so the standard of perfection calls for a 12-pound rabbit with a well-muscled, almost stocky body, but very lean condition, so no chunky bunnies.
Bunnies are born completely black, but at about 3 weeks their fur will start silvering. (Argente Bruns are born brown and Argente Cremes are born orange.) This becomes fairly obvious at around 7-8 weeks. It’s not that the fur loses color so much as that some guard hairs of the incoming new fur are tipped with white. Other guard hairs remain dark, and the undercoat remains slate blue or grey. The overall effect is that of “old silver.”
Their fur continues to lighten as they get older, so senior rabbits will be noticeably lighter than juveniles or young adults. The coat will reach its full beauty at about 9 months old, and continue lightening with each new molt.
To help your rabbit reach its ultimate beauty, our Bunny Branola is loaded with natural ingredients to promote gorgeous color and fur texture. It is the ultimate coat conditioner, so start treating your rabbit a month before show. Your hands will fall in love as you groom your resplendent rabbits.
There is a huge amount of variance of shade with Champagne d'Argents, so
you if you plan to have them compete in rabbit shows, you need to manage their
schedules. They don’t have to strut their stuff in bikinis and high heels, but there
is a lot of pressure regarding coloring in different regions. Some prefer light
coats where others favor a darker fur. Nothing is harder on the self-esteem of
a diva doe than winning first prize at a show, then a week later not even being
runner up for Miss Congeniality.
They do tend to have very mellow and docile temperaments, which can seem aloof and lazy at times. They are less prone to aggression than many other breeds, but you do need to make sure they get regular exercise instead of constantly indulging in the fashionable angst of film noir. Their laid back attitudes can make them great pets, especially if you also like spending afternoons watching crime dramas on the couch.
Check out the breed's national club, the Champagne d'Argent Rabbit Federation, if you'd like to reach out to breeders of Champagne d'Argent rabbits.
If you live anywhere near North Carolina, What the Fluffle Rabbitry can certainly help you!
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They say there is no new thing under the sun, which is certainly true regarding food trends. With a lot of time spent at home in the last year, many families dusted off heirloom cookbooks to try out traditional recipes.
With homesteading gaining in popularity, some families are even considering the idea of raising their own small livestock so they will have access to organic, free range meats such as mutton, poultry, and lapin.
Mutton is meat from goats and sheep. People with lactose issues will often switch from cow's milk to goat milk because it is easier to digest.
Poultry refers to meat from any bird, from the diminutive bantam chicken to the giant ostrich, and can include duck and goose. The eggs of these livestock and game birds are also edible, and some are delicacies.
Lapin is the meat from hares and rabbits. It is an extraordinarily lean meat, having almost no fat whatsoever, especially in younger animals.
While eating lapin is uncommon for modern Americans, that wasn’t always the case.
Immigrants from Europe brought over European rabbits and hares as a quick growing meat source in the wilderness of the New World. Native Americans also hunted the indigenous cottontail rabbits. In fact, European exploration and colony ships often brought breeding rabbits to unknown lands so that there would be a guaranteed food source on any frontier.
Many pioneer families kept rabbit herds to provide sustenance, with the pelts being used to make winter wear that could stand up to long harsh American winters.
In the twentieth century and the advent of factory farms, large urban populations, and federal subsidies, lapin faded out of the common cuisine.
However, with growing awareness of questionable practices by factory farms and desire for independent and healthy off-grid living, rabbit meat is making a comeback in the twenty-first century. Those of us who are raising rabbits are thankful to own rabbitries and homesteads that can provide meals for our families from time to time, or when needed.
Some may object to rabbits being used as livestock, because, well, they are cute. However, for those wishing to improve their health, lapin is a very good option.
Pictured: Lapin au Vin is a favorite recipe!
Connoisseurs will tell you that lapin, while much leaner than poultry, is quite suitable for the same recipes that you would commonly use for chicken, such as Lapin Pot Pie, Lapin Parmigiana, Hawaiian Lapin, and even Lapin Noodle Soup when not feeling well. To compensate for the extreme leanness of the meat, one can easily add butter, ghee, or bacon to the recipe, whichever is most suitable.
A recipe that doesn’t work so well is lapin gravy, again due to the extremely low fat content. But you can always use chicken stock to make a good gravy for your Thanksgiving Lapin Feast.
When thinking of meat options, consider lapin and other game meats from mini farms. You will have better health and know that the livestock on your table was ethically and humanely sourced.
Below: Enjoy this excellent video about cutting up your lapin...!
Maybe your friends would too...
Your friends at Raising-Rabbits.com wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving in November, 2021.
Enjoy your rabbits!