I hope all of our new breeders will soon see how lucky they are to have decided to raise the Harlequin. I have found them to be number one in early sexual maturity, conception percentages, mothering ability and disposition. They are the breed where you can get into the top echelon of breeders by spending very little money. Our own herd started with two free bred does in 1988, but it has taken time and patience.
As will all breeds, no matter how great your breeding stock is, if they don’t produce and raise bunnies, what do you have? To have healthy rabbits, you must take care of the ventilation and sanitation of your rabbit housing. One of the worst things to do to a rabbit is to overfeed it as this destroys body confirmation, ability to breed, conceive and kindle.
Use common sense in buying stock. Remember a good buck is half your herd and a poor buck affects your entire herd. Try to raise most of your own breeding stock so you know what the parents and grandparents are like.
Several years ago, a New York Harlequin breeder told me, “Every new Harlie litter is like a Christmas surprise package.”