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Comments On - Raising Rabbits for Fiber


Question - I read a lot online about Angoras and other animals going through a lot of pain and suffering for humans to use their fur. How do you know if a particular company has gone to a farm which is friendly to the animals? I.e. companies like Zara use Angora in some of their products, but I don't feel good purchasing from them as the information out there on the fur acquirement is quite dire.
Amanda, International
Posted: 9/12/2014 10:59:31 AM
Just wondering if it's possible to comb the rabbit every so often to remove the excess fur in a way that definitely won't hurt him/her? With plucking it just seems like you are crossing your fingers every time that it won't hurt.
Jane, Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 7/7/2014 12:21:10 PM
Interesting.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 3/28/2014 7:46:33 AM
Majority of Angora rabbits "shed" their coats every 3 months.
That means that when they are ready to be "plucked" then the hair is
already dead and loose. The new hair that is growing in is
actually keeping it from falling away like a cat would shed
it's fur. When you pluck away the fur, you aren't actually plucking it out.
You are gently pulling the outer hair that comes out easily.
Rabbits will let you know if you are hurting them or if they are scared.
They will make a ear piercing squealing noise that will make you
want to cringe. They don't do that when you pluck them. Actually, the
process can be life saving when you pluck or comb regularly between
shedding. They tend to ingest their hair when they self groom.
Much like cats, but they can't spit up those fur balls like cats can.
So it's actually inhumane not to regularly groom the Angora rabbits.
Tyea, Lufkin, TX
Posted: 12/11/2013 11:42:46 PM
can you define plucking? do you mean pulling away the already loose, shed hairs from grooming. Or ripping the hair from the root? Because the latter is definately NOT harmless. It is as painful as it would be for a human to heve its hair ripped from its head.
tamlyn, International
Posted: 12/4/2013 8:15:15 AM
Does the plucking mean you pull right from the root?
Heather, International
Posted: 11/20/2013 6:21:47 AM
Very interesting. I think I'll stick to short hair meat rabbits.
Greg, Hampstead, MD
Posted: 9/18/2013 11:41:31 AM
Wow!! Sounds like an enjoyable, profitable hobby! Lots of work thought.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 7/6/2013 7:57:03 PM
great information. Is it possible one can contact me who sells angoras, looking at french and giant, english is okay. live in north east pa.
marilyn
marilyn, International
Posted: 7/1/2013 9:18:33 AM
How do you shear a jersey wooly? How often? I'm new at this. Any help is appreciated.
Diana, North, SC
Posted: 6/27/2013 5:23:13 PM
I raise and sell English & German Angoras. They're well worth the time and effort. I am also thinking of training them as service pets for Elderly visits.
Kristine, Oxford, MI
Posted: 3/28/2013 3:04:48 AM
Anyone wondering what to do with the fur, sell it to me and I will spin it up. (cindy(@ sign)glatz.com

Or there is Etsy and Ebay and Local Harvest.
But contact me first, please!
Cindy, Shingle Springs, CA
Posted: 1/19/2013 10:47:57 AM
I would LOVE To start raising French or Giant Angoras! I'm not sure how well they will do in S.W. Florida though. Does anyone have any experience raising them in a hot, humid climate?
Prudence, Cape Coral, FL
Posted: 12/11/2012 11:27:16 AM
I am very interested in the English Angora but would like to be able to sell their fur...we plan to use the manure (very high in nitrogen and doesn't have to be cured) around our farm. My concern is finding someone to buy the fur. Any ideas?
Annie, Monticello, KY
Posted: 10/18/2012 9:32:10 AM
To Stacey- i would be interested in the angoras at no charge. I have 1 English angora and would like to expand.
Joy, Connersville, IN
Posted: 10/12/2012 5:39:18 PM
Interesting
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 10/9/2012 7:44:42 AM
i have 2 angoras i would donate to someone who would want them I live in toledo oh
Stacey, Toledo, OH
Posted: 9/19/2012 5:35:39 PM
Isn't sheep wool also hair?
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/15/2012 11:33:35 PM
Actually angora fiber isn't wool. It's hair!
Totally different than the scale structured wool. The angora fiber has hollow chambers inside it's shaft.
Sayra, Lenore, ID
Posted: 7/26/2012 10:48:08 AM
I'm a fibers artist and have been wanting to produce my own fiber source for awhile. I'm growing flax this season and hope to mix it with angora fiber. I'm having a problem finding an angora locally - I'd really prefer to adopt one from a rescue agency and am prepared to wait but there also doesn't seem to be any breeders around here. Anyone in the area have an idea?
Katy, Denton, TX
Posted: 6/12/2012 8:31:37 AM
My Jersey Wooly is my beautiful baby boy. He weighs about four pounds and I have to pluck his wool about every six weeks or so. It is soft and silky and although it looks like I could make about two other rabbits from it, the resulting harvest is not much once it is all balled together. Besides being a good wool producer, JW are THE sweetest, goofiest, most laid back bunnies ever.
brandi, oklahoma city, OK
Posted: 5/7/2012 5:00:23 AM
Great info! Some people differentiate between the Giant Angora and the German Angoras. To the layman, it makes little difference, unless you are going to show. In answer to a previous comment's question: I have a lionhead cross who produces a nice "mane" that I clip for fiber. It's just a handful, but it's a nice side benefit to my wonderful pet. :) I got her from the Humane Society; think about a rescue rabbit before buying from a breeder!
Jules, Arlington, TX
Posted: 11/20/2011 8:53:36 AM
Sure thing, their "manes" are about 3" long which would make them fine for spinning. Sounds like it would make a great accent fiber.
Susan, Upstate, NY
Posted: 11/15/2011 7:36:02 AM
Can anyone answer this question? Can double mane lionhead rabbits fur be used for fiber. I know it woudn't yeild as much as an angora but can it be used?
Debra Meadows, Tarzana, CA
Posted: 11/7/2011 3:40:13 PM
Great! I would like to know what climat these breeds are accustome to.
Mitch, Taylors, SC
Posted: 9/28/2011 12:57:08 PM
Great info!
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/9/2011 6:43:29 AM
We have had a French Angora for less than a week now. She is so gentle and easy to care for in terms of her willingness to be handled; I am still trying to decide what to do with the fiber. Anyone know someone who will buy angora around the Pittsburgh, PA area? Thanks for the article; very informative.
Mae, Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 5/11/2011 4:43:40 PM
Love the article it propelled us into motion. We had been talking about the idea for a while. We are now raising French Angoras. Why did I ever wait...it is such a pleasure!
Rachel w/Blue Skies Bunny Farm, Flowood, MS
Posted: 4/12/2011 3:09:02 PM
Very interesting, This is something I can incorporate into our plans for self-suficient homestead. Excellent Article!
Melissa, Waco, TX
Posted: 3/13/2011 6:05:17 PM
Cool
Tracy, Bonham, TX
Posted: 3/7/2011 8:09:09 AM
Excellent article
Bill, Newburgh, IN
Posted: 12/11/2010 9:33:14 AM
Great article
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 11/19/2010 10:05:53 PM
I have just got my first two angora's last weekend. You can follow my experience at:
http://drummondsplace.blogspot.com/

Great artical for DIY and small scale homesteads. You don't have to be on are farm to produce wool
Jennifer, Winnipeg, MB
Posted: 11/10/2010 4:04:19 PM
I love my Angoras! They a sweet rabbits and it is a pleasure to groom them. The fiber is a bonus. Their manure goes in my compost or directly on the garden.
Patti, Vincennes, IN
Posted: 10/17/2010 3:19:13 PM
This is beyond my abilities, but would be so enjoyable! I don't think I could commit the time for proper grooming...but great article!
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 7/15/2010 6:34:56 PM
Great article. Love the photo.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 6/6/2010 11:49:36 PM
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