Please see our updated "policies" section at the bottom of this page
Both Honey & Malley gave birth to healthy litters on June 1st and 2nd! Honey's litter (top photo) is 5 healthy babies including 2 whites, 2 chocolates, and 1 chocolate agouti. Malley's litter is 8 healthy chocolates!
We are members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Registered Rabbitry Name: Windmill Hill Rabbitry
The Giant Angora Rabbit is the 2nd rarest rabbit breed in the USA. These are large wool producing rabbits that can provide 10+ ounces of ultra luscious angora wool four times per year! While some Angora varieties shed their coats and can be plucked, Giant Angoras are sheered, much like sheep. (There is some mis-information out there regarding cruelty in harvesting wool from Angora rabbits but let me assure you nothing of the sorts happens on this farm).
We currently have 6 resident rabbits on the farm. Our oldest rabbit, Hazel, is a Chestnut Agouti doe. She is our top wool producer and also quite the sweetheart. Next we have Mable, her wool is a beautiful blonde/red color when sheered. Her color is categorized as a "tortoiseshell", due to her dark points on her nose,ears, and feet. Arguably our star of the rabbitry is our chocolate buck Hershey. His head and feet are a gorgeous chocolate brown but his body is a much lighter, almost white color. He's produced several large, colorful litters for us in the past few years. Through breeding we are trying to create more chocolate giant angoras like Hershey but with a deeper chocolate body color. Next up is miss personality herself, Honey. She is a chocolate agouti but to the naked eye she looks more like a fawn colored bunny. We like to joke that it's easy to see which kits inherit her personality vs Hershey's because she is so spunky while Hershey is very reserved. Speaking of Honey's kits, Malley is our first born and bred Windmill Hill Giant Angora to join our breeding program. She was born this spring (2020) after breeding Honey and Hershey. She is a lovely Chocolate color and has thus far shown she's inherited her father's calm demeanor. We hope to breed her for the first time in Spring 2021. Speaking of breeding Malley, I'd like to introduce our newest addition, Nestle! He is also a chocolate giant angora and was produced by "A Touch of Bunny" rabbitry in Northern MI. He's only been with us since September but is fitting in nicely with our group and loves his play time outside in the grass.
Planned Breeding We plan to breed "Malley" (aka Bunny #2 from above) and "Nestle", in early spring of 2021. Both of these rabbits are beautiful chocolates with several colors in their lines. We also are considering breeding Hershey & Honey again in Spring of 2021.
Just some cute bunny pics from past litters
Our Resident Rabbits
Waiting List Policy: No deposit is required to be added to the list. Once the litter is born I advise everyone on said list of the colors produced and take note of what everyone is interested in. Around 4 weeks of age I confirm the sex of all the kits and at that point you can make your final selection. Once you choose your bun, I require a $50 deposit to hold them until 8 weeks of age at which time they can leave for their new home and you will pay the remaining balance. If you can not collect the rabbit in a reasonable amount of time (typically 4 weeks), I will be forced to find another home for the rabbit and the deposit will not be refunded. (I hate to have to have a policy at all but unfortunately I've been burned many times by folks who string me along for months before finally backing out on collecting their rabbit). Deposits and final payments can be via cash, check, or Paypal.
Health & Proper Care Policy: Giant Angora's are a high maintenance breed and require some level of special care. I'm happy to answer any and all questions regarding what they require. Years ago a breeder took the time to educate me on the proper care of my first Giant and I'm happy to extend this same attitude towards new people getting into the breed. I do send a general care guide that I've created home with all new angora owners. Again, a breeder was kind enough to do this for me years ago and I used the guide a lot while getting familiar with the breed. I have a 72 hour health guarantee policy after a rabbit leaves my care and enters yours (please note this does not extend to a transporter and you can read more on that below). Some rabbits do exhibit some stress from being driven from our farm to their new homes but typically they adjust quickly. I ask that new owners only feed their rabbits hay and water for the first 24 hours to avoid any GI upset from travel stress. I'm happy to answer any questions or concerns about your rabbit's health once they are in their new homes but any immediate concerns need to be brought to my attention within 72 hours if you are unsatisfied with the health of the rabbit you've purchased. Please note that any request for refund will need to include details on your concerns and likely a report from your vet in the unlikely event that your rabbit passes away within 72 hours of purchase. (For the record this has never happened but I due to a single offender asking for compensation months after purchase, we now need a health policy)
Transport Policy: I'm happy to work with transporters but it is the buyers responsibility to facilitate the transportation. I can suggest a few transporters I've used in the past if interested but I will not arrange or pay on the buyers behalf. I'm also willing to transport the rabbit myself within 1 hour of my home (Chardon Ohio). Please note that lack of transport options is not a reasonable reason to back out of your purchase once you've made your deposit. You will have approximately 2 months (between 4 weeks and 12 weeks of age) to plan how you will acquire your rabbit. You are also more than welcome to drive out to our farm and see the rabbits in person. Since you will be the one paying for the transporter, please advise that they are responsible for the delivering a healthy rabbit to you. Most transporters do a quick visual health check on the rabbit when they pick it up and will not take it if it is exhibiting any obvious health issues. I am not responsible if the rabbit arrives from your transporter in poor condition as I would never send it off in poor condition. This extends to boarding or further shipping that you might arrange to get your rabbit home. I won't go as far to say I won't allow it but I'm extremely uncomfortable handing off one of my rabbits to a transporter who is going to board the rabbit for any amount of time. When I communicate with a potential buyer I'm able to gauge their ability to care for this high maintenance breed and confirm I feel comfortable with sending a rabbit to said person. If you arrange for another person to board the rabbit I now have no idea if that person is able to properly care for the rabbit. Of course I understand that at that point I no longer own the rabbit once I've sent it on it's way with the transporter but I trust that the rabbit should be cared for by the individual buying it, not a third party. Also, due to past experiences, I do reserve the right to not send a rabbit with a transporter for the following reasons:
The transporter fails to have an acceptable size cage to transport the rabbit. All transporters should be made aware by the buyer that this is a "Giant" breed. Even if the rabbit is young, it will likely be larger than what most consider a standard size rabbit and most transporters charge a bit extra to transport a larger rabbit. Most transporters are excellent about this but, in general, transportation is stressful on rabbits and this shouldn't be made worse by being crammed in a small cage. I consider a cage "too small" if the rabbit can not fully stand up and turn around in a cage.
The transporter's route does not come near enough to me. Generally, I'm willing to drive an hour, give or take, to meet a transporter. Stops in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, and Erie,PA are all acceptable distances. Travel to meet a transporter further away may result in a small fee we can negotiate.
The transporter delays the route more than once. Things happen and plans change but often a transporter is coming through an area during daylight hours which is typically when I'm at work, meaning I need to take some time off work to meet them. This is perfectly fine when pre-arranged but when a trip is rescheduled multiple times it becomes a hassle. I will ask that you find a different transporter after the 2nd delayed trip. Please be aware of your transporter's policy on this as some refuse to offer refunds in these situations.
The transporter's route will not be bringing the rabbit all the way to you and further transportation is arranged to get the rabbit to it's final destination. Occasionally transporters will work together to get a rabbit from point A to point B and this is acceptable. However, I do ask that you make me aware of the plan as I'm not comfortable sending any of my rabbits with a shipping company even if it's just overnight. Animal transporters, specifically rabbit transporters, are well versed in animal care and make several stops a day to check on the animals. This does not happen typically with standard shipping companies and I do not think it's wise to transport animals this way.
I understand this policy is lengthy and I'm happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to contact me via email.