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The Last update was made JUNE 18, 2011

I was a member of A.R.B.A. for about 20 years. (American Rabbit Breeders Association) and A.S.R.B.A (American Satin Rabbit Breeders Association) and have been for 20 years. My original stock was acquired from Brian Sawchuk. I started with Red Satins in 1989. I had worked with most of the color varieties in the early years. I am now working with all of the Otter Satin Varieties: Black, Blue, and Chocolate. I have a few Solid Chocolate, Black and the Broken varieties. In 1990 I stopped concentrating on red satins and turned to chocolates, I developed some very fine Choc-Satins. I held on to some Copper Satins which I used in my Otter breeding program.

If you are going to work with Chocolates: Black satins will help, if you breed them with/to your chocolates it will help to darken the color. When you breed a black to a chocolate, you will get black offspring, but they will carry the chocolate gene [b] Making that Black [Bb].

Breed those black offspring to others that carry [Bb]and you will get chocolate and Black offspring. You can never get black from breeding two chocolates together. When working with a variety of colors Genes may make a surprise appearance from as far back as 45 generations.

A few reds may make an appearance now and then.

When I first started working with the Otter varieties, I worked with a few Coppers which came out of breeding Copper to Otter. These can be used in an Otter breeding program. You can get Otter Satins From Coppers with Otter in the background. This gives them the needed [at] gene.

With my Otter Satins I have developed what I believe to be some some very good representatives of their breed and color. I now have; Black and Chocolate Otter satins as the mainstay of my barn. My herd is constantly improving through strict culling and correct breeding techniques. I continue to strive toward constant improvement.

"THE RIGHTS OF YOUR RABBITS" Your rabbits have the right to fair housing. That means housing that is clean and properly built to provide protection from the elements of weather, and protection from the possible attack by predators. Housing which provides ample space for them to: raise their kits to weaning, with easy access to: feed and water whenever necessary. Rabbits need not have feed available 24/7 unless it is a Doe with a litter. Weanlings should be provided full-feed to provide ample nourishment for proper growth and health. All other members of the herd should be fed on a one to one basis. Some individuals may require more or less feed to maintain proper condition. Rabbits have the right to fair treatment at all times, whether they are kept as Breeding stock, Pets, or meat rabbits. By treating your rabbits with proper respect to conditions necessary for their proper health, providing them with a good life up until the time they go to whatever purpose deemed you have nothing to be ashamed of. Rabbits are on one of the lowest rungs of the food chain. Most everything eats rabbit. DO NOT be ashamed for raising rabbits as a Meat source, as long as you provide proper care your rabbits are yours to use as you see fit. Continue to enjoy your rabbits, and realize that they: are a very unique and versatile animal. Dennis, C.V.R.