"Caring For Angoras Is A Fun Family Pastime"

Looking for a productive pet?

Caring for angoras could be your answer. Few people know how easy it is to care for Angoras. 

Not only do they have an adorable face but they can make you some money. 

Angoras with their soft hair require little care to produce fine fluffy wool.


Bringing Your Angora Home

Before you get your angora there are a few things you need to know.

If someone is giving away their angora for free it might be because there is something wrong with it.

Before you bring your angora home check out its teeth. Make sure its top teeth are in front of its back teeth. If a rabbit's teeth are not in this order it should have been culled after it was born. If an angora's teeth are in the wrong order the rabbit has no way of eating. The only way to feed it is to syringe-feed it soft food; producing a weak angora.

If the angora has mats, it's slipping its coat and will be hard to groom, shave and spin. You may want to pass this one up.


How Much Are You Going To Spend?

A good price for and angora is roughly around $50-$200.

All You Need To Begin Caring for Angoras

All you need is a few things to get started:

  • Cage
  • Water bottle
  • Food dish and
  • Hair brush

Caring For Angoras: Cage and Housing

Angoras need more room than an ordinary rabbit. Consider getting a large cage for your bunny to groom and exercise himself. Height matters for your angora to groom himself and length matters so he can exercise. My cages are 8ft. long, 2ft. tall and 2ft. wide.


Caring For Angoras: Water And Food

Rabbits have a tendency to get overweight resulting in an unhealthy rabbit. To prevent this, you can measure your rabbits pellets. Angora's appetites may vary but feed them no more then one cup a day.  For the best quality wool feed your angora a show quality feed.

An average size angora needs 3/4 cup of alfalfa pellets a day, while a lactating doe needs 1 1/4 cup of alfalfa pellets a day.

Rabbits need one of those water bottles with a ball in the tube uses for rodents. But some rabbits find it hard to drink out of a bottle. If you find that your rabbit is not drinking its water, use a bowl.


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Caring For Angoras: Cleaning And Grooming

Angoras with their beautiful long thick hair have quite the job keeping it all clean by themselves. So why not give them a hand?

You  can help your angora stay clean by brushing it once a week. Now you might think this is crazy, but actually it is a nice quiet moment for you to bond with your rabbit. And the rabbit enjoys it. Handling your angora once a week will make shaving easier.


Caring For Angoras: Shaving Your Angora

Angoras need to be shaved every 13 weeks. By this time your angora will have grown 2-3 inches of wool. To cut this off you can either use scissors or a heavy duty buzzer. I use a 6in. stainless steel pair of scissors. 


Spinning the Wool

Spinning angora wool is as easy as 1-2-3! All the material needed are:

  1. Angora wool
  2. A pair of carters and
  3. A spindle

For an even easier spinning experience,  you should use a pair of hand carters to make all the fibers go the same direction.  

Spindles come in two styles: the spinning wheel, and the drop spindle. Both do a fine job spinning but for beginners I recommend using the drop spindle.   

Factoid!

Male Angoras produce less guard hair than the female.


Caring For Angoras: Extending The Tree

If you become really daring, you could even try to raise your own angora tree! All you need are two things to get started: 

  1. One buck angora and
  2. One doe angora

Plan ahead when you want to have babies. Then put the doe in the bucks cage for 1 hour. This way the buck wont look at new surroundings and focus on the task at hand.

Since rabbits ovulate approximately 6-8 hours following this encounter you should put the pair back together 6-8 hours after the first meeting.  After this your doe should successfully be pregnant.

A Breeding Story

We were at the county fair one August and of course I was in the rabbit barn looking at the rabbits and the ribbons. There where a few different breeds but I was enjoying looking at the angoras. My eye fell on a beautiful orange doe with dense wool, clear eyes and a sweet temper.

I can't remember how it happened but I ran into the young owner and her mom. We fell into talking about angoras, shaving and grooming. They let me hold Bramble and I fell in love with her personality and wool value. After we had drained all our knowledge to each other, I mentioned that I had a rabbit to shave the next day and wondered if they would like to come over and see how I do it.

After I had scheduled a time, put the rabbit back in her cage and prepared to go to the pig barn I ran back and hinted that I had a male and asked if they wouldn't mind breeding. The 11 year-old-owner was very exited and so was I. They would bring Bramble, shave a rabbit and hope for a successful breed.

Because Bramble was surrounded by other males in the rabbit barn she was in heat. When Bramble came I put her in with Azarias and he did his business right off the bat. Within a few minutes I was sure of a successful breed.

I think the picture can end this story well.



In fact, one of the few ways that are helpful to indicate the doe has been bred is to put them together the next day, or two days later, and if the doe is adamantly refusing the buck, figure she's pregnant.  If she accepts him she is still looking to become pregnant.  This is most telling with experienced does who have had a litter before. 

When your doe is pregnant mark on your calendar 30 days after the first attempt.

On the 28th day put a nesting box inside the doe's cage. Do not be surprised if your doe has plunked her belly bald. How else would she nurse through that thick hair?

On the 30th day you should find 4-6 little kits. the doe will take care of the rest.

Word Of Warning!

Try not to have kits in the hot summer months as it puts stress on mom and cuties.


Caring For Angoras: Angoras And The Weather

Angoras would rather the cold winter months than the hot summer ones. But in the winter time it is hard on them right after you shave them. When I shave my angoras in January I put a fleece coat on them until there hair is a little longer. But if it's the negatives I bring them down stairs to stay until the weather is not so cold.

In the summer it is really hard for angoras to stay cool. I freeze 1 liter soda bottles with water and put them in the rabbit's hang-out. It is funny to see them sprawling across the bottles trying to keep cool. 


There is so much more about angoras, in fact, I've only just covered the basics. If you have any questions about angoras please feel free to ask them! I will try to answer your questions as quick as possible. 

-Bee Jay

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