Part of the Pack
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Southern California
I have a french angora, a jersey wooly, and a lionhead, and am hoping to get another lionhead sometime this week.
I can't really compare their care to that off short hair rabbits, because I'm allergic to short hair buns, so I don't have any. The woolies need to be brushed regularly, because that hair presents a huge risk of wool block. They need to be fed a food high in fiber, I use oxbow, I have to special order it at my feed store. My buns are kept indoors. Angora wool is 8 times warmer than sheep wool. If you've ever worn a wool sweater, imagine 8 times that heat, covering your entire body. I wouldn't dream of putting my buns outside in the summer. Every few months, they moult, so you'll use that time to gather their wool. I have had my french angora since January, and have only collected a few ounces of usable fiber. It takes a lot to make a sweater. I hope to eventually have enough from him to make a sweater. I collect wool from all of my buns, the lionhead wool is shorter, and needs to be blended with sheeps wool for spinning. I just got my jersey wooly a few days ago, her coat has been clipped, so it will be awhile before i have any to save and spin.
Anyways, I hope I've helped. If you can think of any other questions, feel free to ask. I'll try my best to answer them, but I'm no expert or anything...
4 cats: Radar, Oscar, Mackintosh, Qwilleran
1 dog: Daphne
3 rabbits: Barbarella Bunny. DC's Lucy, Ricky
1 daddy-long leg spider: Spidey
8 assorted tarantulas
1 madagascar hissing cockroach: Lady
1 ball python: Eve
1 corn snake: Charisma
1 California kingsnake: Honey
1 tortoise: Charlie
2 Mali Uromastyx: Nick and Nora