BELGIAN HARES - KING OF THE FANCY
These rabbits always attract attention because they are so different in build to most rabbits,
and because of their bright chestnut colour.
They make good pets, as they are intelligent and friendly.
The size of an adult show rabbit should be about 9lbs in weight.
Because of their size they need a big cage with plenty of height.
There are plenty of good plans for building cages on the web.
Some people worry that wood floors aren't easy to clean but
taking all aspects into consideration they are still the best all round. I just
use plywood for cage floors. It is about 1/3rd of an inch thick or 8mm. I have
no problems with keeping them clean. I do not use corner trays. I clean the
cages twice a week removing any soiled wood chippings etc. I use finer sawdust
in the wet corners. I use a paint scraper or/and a great scraper I got at the
Convention, USA, to get into the corners or scrape any deposits from the wood. I
scrub empty cages with Vanodine 18 which kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus on
contact. I let cages dry and reuse them. Many of my cages are nearly 20 years
old. Of course some have had new floors in because pregnant does have tried to
dig them up to make a hole for their nest. I have 4 foot to 6 foot cages. When
young are weaned from Mum at about 9 weeks old, I halve the 6 foot cages and each single youngster
lives in 3 foot until about 14 weeks old. This prevents them dashing about too much
and possibly causing injury to themselves. After that the ones I have selected
to keep go into 4 foot cages and they are allowed out to exercise for 15 - 30 mins weather permitting.
Breeder & Exhibitor of Belgian Hares
Prize winning stud located in West Yorkshire
I was born in 1946 so just after the war when food was short most people kept rabbits and or chickens
to help supply their meat. My Dad kept rabbits and so I was born into rabbit
keeping. He bought me my first show rabbits when I was about 10 years old. I
went to all the local shows and was a Young Fancier along with a lot of other
teenagers. In our sheds at home we had show mice, Belgian Hares, English Lops
and my Black & Tan rabbits.
Onto 1988 when my children had grown up and my husband had got too old to play cricket,
I went back to keeping show rabbits which I had left behind as a hobby when I got married.
I have kept Miniature Lops, Chocolate Dutch and Belgian Hares.
The Belgian Hares are very much my main breed and this website is dedicated to that.