Did we get the wrong rabbits?

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One night we were talking to Kay’s mom about our plans for our rabbits. We currently have five New Zealand whites, two New Zealand reds, and two champagnes.

We explained to her that we planned on using them mainly for meat but also for show and helping others build their own rabbitry. We want to use the entire rabbit including the hides. We would like to get into tanning and using the hides to make blankets, gloves and hats. While talking to Kay’s Mom, Darrick was doing research and came across angora rabbits. Kay early on wanted to get angoras for their fiber but we never really did much research on selling the fiber. Darrick was surprised when he found that angoras are a dual-purpose rabbit! They are used for their fiber and meat.

Further research concentrated on the English/French angoras which are medium sized fiber rabbits. An English or French angora produces roughly 12-16 oz of fiber per year. This raw fiber (straight off the rabbit, not carded) can be sold for around $6-8 an ounce. If the fiber is carded it can be sold for $10-12 per ounce. High quality, hand plucked, carded fiber can go for up to $20 per ounce! We started adding up the numbers, looked at each other, and said in unison “We got the wrong rabbits!”

Angoras do take extra time and work to keep their coats clean and brushed. This process takes about 15-30 minutes a week per rabbit. Some breeders recommend daily brushing or at least a few times a week. It doesn’t seem like a lot but I’m sure it adds up quick when you start breeding them.

At this point, we are committed to our New Zealands and champagne d’argents as they will provide good quality meat for our family. However, I’m sure if we see a deal on a nice pair of angoras, we will make some room in our rabbit barn. Stay tuned as we will be looking at designing and building our barn this summer.

Thank you for following us on our journey. For anyone who has angoras or experience with them we would love to hear your pros and cons and any advice you may have.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

~Proverbs 11:14

What does Jesus and hospitals have in common?

Jesus has been known as the great Physician. He heals the sick, the blind, even brings those back from the dead. He casts out demons and heals mental issues. He is our all powerful surgeon, psychologist, physician, councilor, etc. He can do the work that we need millions of people to even just try to figure out the complexity of the human body, to which we know only a small fraction. Want to know the catch?

You need to go to the hospital to get help.

The hospital doesn’t come to you. The people outside the hospital aren’t going to help you in your greatest need. The hospital can find things wrong with you that you didn’t even know existed. Jesus is our hospital, but it is our job to walk in the door.

Imagine this: you are hurt, wounded, broken hearted… you know you need help but those surrounding you are all hurt just as bad. The sick can’t heal the sick. You see a hospital and start towards it but all those around you spit on you for even being curious. They push you, name call, tell you its a fraud but you don’t care- you need help.

When you walk in you see all the other sick people who are being healed by Jesus. You feel a calmness, am understanding of others who are in the hospital with you. They are patient, kind, helpful. They know everyone there has a scar, a wound, and is need of care. Here there is love.

You look back out the door to the people on the street- they are yelling that the doctor is a liar, a fake, that you can heal yourself, that you should let them, the wounded and bloodied, heal you. But now you see something they don’t. They have wounds no man could heal, scars, brokenness, blindness, bitterness. They need the power of Jesus, but are too proud to walk through the door because to take a step inside would mean they would need to admit- they need help. So many would rather rot in their pride than humble themselves.

Healing is painful. Sometimes the cut needs to be stitched, sometimes the bullet pulled out, other times our healing can take months of rehab but with Jesus by our side going through every step with us we know it’s possible and feel His love more and more each day.

Jesus walked on the streets once, telling that He would be building His hospital and all were invited- we just need to walk through the door and believe and trust in Him. He would be with us, heal us, lead us. He was crucified by the unbelieving street people. The hospital was revealed the day He rose from the grave for all those who humble themselves, walk through the hospital doors, and put your trust in our Great Physician.

God bless you, and your healing.

Your fellow patient of Jesus

The false Origin of species

Honestly, if we test it, evolution can’t hold as much evidence as the Bible- yet it is taught in every school in America as truth. Why do I say that? The entire idea of evolution came from one man: Charles Darwin, during 20 years in history (due to a delay to publish the book due to his own doubts). He was a scientist who found the cell, but with his limited microscope the cell appeared as a very simple organism. From this discovery he concluded that this “simple” cell could spit and form another, and another, and so on. He made the conclusion that because cells split to make more cells, that the origin of all species (mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, bacteria, etc) came from one “simple” cell and that cell split to form everything that is here today. He called it the tree of life.
There’s some loopholes in this theory. Remember: In science you need to be able to test it, observe it, and repeat it for it to be true. I will list 3 evidences why evolution cannot be true in the science of today.
Evidence 1:
Cells do not change into new species or make new information.
We have found, with stronger microscopes, that cells are NOT simple in any sense. A cell works like a very complex city with each piece playing a specific big important part. If one piece doesn’t work it causes problems (mutations), or death, with the entire cell and every cell formed thereafter. In the center of each cell there is the nucleus which holds the DNA: an even more complex structure than the cell. When a cell divides it creates an exact copy of itself over and over- same parts, same pieces, same nucleus, same DNA= same organism. It cannot create something new without new information which would lead to only a single organism, not millions of plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, etc that we see today. There is no, and never has been, any new information added to today’s organisms.
If two dogs breed- they have puppies, if two elephants breed- they have an elephant. Elephants do not suddenly grow wings, whales do not grow legs, humans cannot form gills to live underwater, nor sharks lungs. There are mutations in the genome (extra legs, chromosome disorders, albinism, etc. caused by missing, extra, or misplaced pieces of DNA) but these typically do not benefit the organism, makes them sterile, challenges their life, they are easily eaten, or die early from complications. There are fish who have lungs, but so do their parents, Mammals who lay eggs- but so do their parents, and fish who can change from saltwater fish to freshwater- but so do their parents, same with amphibians, butterflies, etc. They have the DNA already to share with the offspring, it is nothing new added or created to today’s creatures. One organism cannot breed to change kinds or completely different features than those of their parents.

Evidence 2:
Natural selection not evolution
Evolution is defined as “ the process by which new species or populations of living things develop from preexisting forms through successive generations”. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionhttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolution. Natural selection is defined as “process that results in the adaptation of an organism to its environment by means of selectively reproducing changes in its genotype, or genetic constitution. “. https://www.britannica.com/science/natural-selection.
The basis of evolution is that an organism starts as a simple organism, and gradually changes into something more complex. Macro evolution has never been observed (chimp to human). Natural selection is animals that are better adapted for their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce. This is observable, repeatable, and testable. Charles Darwin tried to relate the finches to evolution (the finches had “evolved” different sized beaks) but the finches were a great example of natural selection as some had big beaks and some had small but in the end they were still finches, and we still have finches to this day. None of them formed 4 legs or became something other than what they are today. The finches can breed together and have little finches with big or small beaks. They did not go from a simpler to more advanced organism.
Another example: Dog breeders have taken dogs with similar desirable features and breed them together for hundreds of years to make the breeds there are today and bred out the undesirable features. Breeding removes features, accentuates other features, but it doesn’t add new features. A chihuahua bred to a chihuahua will never have wolf puppies because the genes to make a big dog have been bred out. The only way to return the chihuahua back to a wolf would be hundreds of litters of rebreeding back in hundreds of types of dogs to put the different information back into the genome. Even than, this is not new information, just lost information that was bred out to bring out more desirable qualities.

This also introduces new challenges such as structure and health problems- specialized breeds like German shepherds are known for hip dysplasia, bull dogs for breathing problems, and now cancer and allergies are found in dogs as well. The chihuahua is not a more complex, advanced, or healthier breed of dog- it is a breed that was bred to be small by breeding out the big genes.
Evidence 3:
Unlike organisms cannot reproduce.
If Darwin’s theory were true than all organisms would also be able to combine their DNA because they came from the same source. This would mean humans could breed with bananas, elephants could have offspring with ants, bacteria could breed with whales since everything is related. This is not true. This is not observable, repeatable, testable science. These kinds of organisms are very different as are their cells are very different and cannot be combined successfully to create a hybrid that can continue to breed, or even sustain its own life.
• Polar bears and grizzly bears can mate to make a growler bear- they are both of the bear kind.
• Horses can breed with zebras- they are of the horse kind.
• Bottlenose Dolphin can mate with a false killer whale- they are both of the dolphin kind.
There are many other hybrids, but each animal is of the same kind. Many of these hybrids are sterile and cannot continue its DNA in future offspring ending its lineage.
“Each according to their kind.”
-found multiple times in Genesis

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and the origin is not accurate and not science. It is not observable or repeatable to see one animal change to a completely different animal, breed with unlike organisms, or that life started from a single cell. It was simply a theory made by one man with limited technology that has been disproven, yet still taught to schoolchildren across the world.

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The heel is a metaphor for the foundation of Gods Word. If he can convince people Gods word isn’t true, or even if parts of it aren’t true, than the foundation (the heel) is injured and people won’t stand on it or support it. To read more about the Evidence of the Bible click this link.

Please visit Answers in Genesis for additional information, hundreds of creations scientists, and the true Biblical account for creation!
God Bless you and your journey,
Darrick and Kay

Evidence of the Bible

Bible gives proof of itself- you hear people say it’s a book written by 40+ people with different perspectives at different times who encountered God- it can’t possibly be relevant? WHY NOT!?

If you read 65 documentary books or articles on the same topic, written by multiple people, at different times in history all saying the same thing, wouldn’t that lead you to believe it’s true?

Many don’t even read a single book about aliens, but believe it to be so? “Storm Area 51: they cant stop us all” in 2020 got over 2 million responses. 1500 showed up to the festivals, 150 to the area itself. There’s no historical basis of previous civilizations mention of aliens, nor no actual tangible proof than some hoax photos and superstition. If it were true we would have museums or zoo’s full of them (as many would pay to see a real alien). But we don’t.

Ponder this thought too….

Link: The false Origin of Species

There are over 1000 named people in the Bible, and over 3,000 unnamed people. That puts it at 5,000+ who had a direct memory, history, genealogy, and/or story with God or Jesus. If 1000 people came out and said “this is true” would you believe it? 5,000? More? The encounters with God haven’t stopped either- millions have had prayers answered, health restored, questions answered, and lives saved but they are kept mostly quiet and amongst close friends and family in this day for fear of not being believed or judged. You can still find testimonies everywhere though.

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God foretold the snake would bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring (Jesus, Son of God) but how could he do that if Jesus died for us?

The heel is a metaphor for the foundation of Gods Word. If he can convince people Gods word isn’t true, or even if parts of it aren’t true, than the foundation (the heel) is injured and people won’t stand on it or support it. That tricky serpent has injured the foundation of the Word Of God by misleading the people away and making them doubt, just like he did with Eve and the fruit.

Let us not be deceived. If you are doubting, ASK. If you even have a question in your heart of- can this be true? ASK! Go to the Bible, pray, ask people about their testimonies, find out for yourself.

“”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God bless you and your journey,

Darrick and Kay

Why does God choose imperfect people to lead others?

In the beginning, Adam and Eve were created as perfect beings with free will. God set His boundary and as long as they didn’t go against it they could live in God’s perfect world. Sin deceived them and they fell into temptation. Instead of going to God they ran and hid like guilty children, when asked they blamed each other and the snake for their mistake instead of admitting their wrongs. If a child did something wrong, ran and hid from the parent, than blamed their sibling it would be natural that the parent would need to give the child a consequence, right? So why does God choose sinners to lead His people back to Him?

If you read about the disciples and others in the Bible you will discover they were a bunch of sinners. Liars, theives, tax collectors, etc. Not one of them was “worthy” of following Jesus. Moses had a studder, Habakkuk questioned and complained to God, Rahab was a prostitute, Sarah didn’t trust God, King David was a murderer, liar, and adulterous, Paul (as Saul) killed Christians, Peter denied Jesus three times, among countless others. Yet, God used them all for His glory and teaching of others. Each had a place and a story to be used by future generations to grow and learn. Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, revealed to us that even in our sins God knows our every move and our heart. We have the choice to sin or turn from sin. if we choose not to sin and turn to God He will forgive us. If we choose sin, we also choose to receive the consequence of sin. In Genesis the consequence of sin is death. Death as not only limited to physical death, but spiritual death and a separation from God.

So what does this have to do with sinful people?

Has anyone ever tried to empathize with you, when they obviously have never been through the same thing? A woman with multiple children trying to comfort a friend going through infertility? A younger brother talking to his soldier brother who finally back from war with PTSD? A student talking to another student who has a drug problem. A person from a loving family trying to understand someone with a background of many years of abuse. Bullying, mental illness, physical limitations, foster care, sick child, death of a loved one, health issues, the list goes on and on. there’s a myriad of things that can affect our lives, shake our faith, and try to pull us away from God.

Many people feel distant from Jesus. They don’t know how to pray, they feel like they don’t need Jesus, or maybe they are too ashamed to seek Him. For this reason God allows His people to go through hardships. He never leaves them, but strengthens them so one day they will be able to empathize and help others through their hardships. Many of the most helpful, inspiring, and empathetic people are the ones that have gone through hard times themselves. They need to go through it so they can find Jesus, so they can find others going through it, and lead them to Jesus too.

God knew we would need others to help pull us through the hard times, but not just anyone- someone who understands and has been through it. Someone who we can relate with and who can really comprehend the depths of our pain. Thats why God sent His son to us. Jesus lived in this sinful world. He felt pain, loneliness, deception, heartache, seen the sick and dying, seen the demons, and was tempted by the devil. He cried at Gethsemane and prayed to God that if there was any way He could be spared from His fate at the cross that God would save Him, but there is only one way to God: and that is through Jesus and the way of the cross. He lived a sinless life and than gave His perfect life for us to save us from our sins. He not only seen our suffering, He experienced it firsthand. He knows our hearts, He knows pain, he knows suffering, and He will never abandon us. Use your stories and your experiences to lead others to Christ. You don’t have to save the world; just help others, love your brothers and sisters, and seek God in everything. God saved the world with just one man- His son Jesus.

Rabbit labels

Hey everyone,

When you first start your rabbitry you only have a few and so it’s easy to tell who is who. Than you try to move them around to get the best setting and who sits best next to who (because not all rabbits get along). Than you get to the point where rabbits breed like rabbits, you buy more rabbits, and you soon find yourself asking the dangerous question: which rabbit is this?!

Don’t get to that point. It’s not fun.

The easiest way to identify your rabbits is to use rabbit labels. These can be as simple as index cards or card stock and writing the gender and name on them. You could include more info such as the tattoo number, birthdate, or anything else you may want at a glance but most of the information should be kept on your rabbit records so it isn’t easily lost.

For our label system all the rabbits have if they are bucks or does. We keep the bucks labels pretty simple: tattoo number, name, birthday. Breeding does have everything listed above and a simple breeding record; all other details on breeding does are on the rabbit record on our computer. When the kits are old enough to be separated from the mother they are sexed, put in their own cages, and their card is a basic gender and birthday and a star if we intent on showing the rabbit.

The label system really helps you see at a glance who it is, what it is, and how old it is. The labels can be as simple as an index card that slides in and out of the J- feeder and can be moved to a transport cage so you never lose track of your rabbits.

We have also used clear name tag sleeves with metal clip tags and those work even better for keeping them dry in the elements and also easily moved.

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God Bless,

Darrick and Kay