Archive for August, 2011

ARBA Queen, Royalty, Management, Acheivement Application Writing Tips

August 17, 2011

Calling youth exhibitors! The entries for the 2011 ARBA youth contests that will be held at the ARBA convention will be due soon! The ARBA allows you to enter online this year.  Online entries are due September 10th! You can get all the details and enter here:

If you are planning to attend this year’s ARBA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, (the dates are October 29th- November 2nd 2011) and are under age 19, you should definitely consider participating in the many contests offered for youth members!  They are the highlight of convention for many kids.  In fact, they are the whole reason that many youth even come.

Tips for Writing ARBA Queen, King, Prince, etc and Achievement / Management Applications

The application is a very important part of ARBA royalty.  The contests of Achievement and Management are application-only contests, which means you don’t have to be present at convention to participate or win.

These are just hints and tips I’ve gathered from my experience in completing ARBA applications.  I can’t guarantee them, but they seem to have served me well. (I won senior achievement in 2008 and was twice a runner-up for Queen.)   If you would like me to go over your application with you and make suggestions, I would be happy to do it — just email me at ellyn @!    I’ve found it really helpful to have an older youth member review my applications for me!  Now for the tips…

Make sure you are using this year’s application. These are available at , then click on the youth page.   The applications are revised from year to year.  (For example, achievement is numbered differently in 2008 than 2007 – be careful!)

Rewrite your application each year. Granted, the forms are very similar if not identical from year to year.  But it is better not to just copy/paste from last year, for several reasons.  1) The applications do change (e.g. might change something from “list” to “tell about” )  2) You are a year older and your writing will be a year better.  The guidelines say your application should be “age appropriate”.  Why use a 10-year-old’s style when you are 11?  Furthermore, the more often you write something, the better it will be and the more chances you have for good ideas.  The thing to do is to write an answer from scratch, then compare to last year’s answer and use the best ideas out of each.


Do breeders love their Rabbits? Excellent post by Keep’s Rabbitry

August 17, 2011

“Keepee” put up an excellent post the other day defending breeders against the accusations that animal rights activists and the House Rabbit Society makes about them.

Breeders DO love their rabbits and strive to take wonderful care of them, in many or most cases. Here’s proof:

Rabbit Genetics Tutorial – Cutesy Chart for Easy Learning

August 2, 2011

Here’s a fun little tutorial on the very basics of hereditary genetics.

It’s very important that a rabbit breeder understands how their rabbits pass genes on to their offspring. Now not every trait has its own specific gene — I don’t think there’s a “low shoulders” gene, for instance. But with things like color genetics, malocclusion, and the wool gene, it’s easy to see how both parents contribute to the genotype of the offspring.

These easy-to-understand illustrations show how Mama and Poppa Rabbit pass on genes to their offspring, and how the line continues. These aren’t meant to be any specific color gene; don’t pay attention to the varieties of the rabbits in the photos.

easy to understand chart to show how baby rabbits get genes from bucks and does

Cute chart showing how baby rabbit get genes from their parents

how hereditary genetics work infographic with cute baby rabbits

These rules of inheritance apply to many bunny color genes series such as agouti and self [A and a], Dense and dilute [D and d], Black and Brown / Chocolate [B and b], Full-extension and non-extension [E and e] and Color Gmany more. The same principles apply for fur genes, the malocclusion gene… and much more.

Here’s the text version:

Poppa Rabbit has a purple gene and a yellow gene. Mama Rabbit has a purple gene and a blue gene. They both give one gene to junior, but it could be either gene; it’s a “random”

As it so happens, Junior got a purple gene from both parents.

Now suppose Junior met somebunny. Guess what happens …


Junior Rabbit has only two purple genes to give. He might pass on one or the other, but since they’re both purple, all babies will get a purple gene.

But Lady Rabbit can give both purple and blue genes. She gives a blue gene to two babies and a purple gene to one baby.
…and the cycle continues.

Rabbit Color Genetics guidebook for breedersIf you’d like more information about rabbit coat color, check out “A book About Bunny Colors,” the Practical Breeder’s Guide to Rabbit Coat Color!