Rachel's Polish Paradise

   Show Quality Polish

I regret to inform that I will be taking a break raising Polish in order to go to college. I will be selling out of my herd until I am ready to start over.

Welcome to my rabbitry!

My rabbitry is located in Howell, Michigan. I have been breeding and showing rabbits for the last nine years and as of 2010 I have focused my attention on the Polish breed. I have always had a lot of pride in my animals welfare, and always take care that they have the healthiest environment to grow up and thrive. You can identify a rabbit of my breeding by the tattoo number, which will begin with RT. I usually have rabbits for sale, but when I don't, I will happily help try directing your attention to another breeder in the area. I breed black, blue, broken, chocolate and red eyed whites rabbits in my rabbitry. I am no longer selling pet quality Polish at this time, but I am always happy to help other breeders and 4H-ers.

I am hoping to attend OsRBA. Hope to see you there!

Out of Berry's most recent litter, Polish Paradise's Simba.

Loving the new arrivals! Some will be going up for sale in a month or two. All are out of or go back to Drew stock.

Featured Rabbits of the Month! 

Snow White (Left), 2013 ARBA convention BOV REW! Due January 27th.

Riley (Right) is my first foundation REW doe. Gave birth to a chocolate buck and a black buck 1/27/14

Results From My Ongoing Feed Experiment 

         It's an age old question: What is the best food for me to give my rabbit. After so many people advising me against or towards one feed or another, I decided to find out for myself.
           I discovered a clean, inexpensive, and easy to obtain alternative to hay that I feel everybody should know about.
When I gave my rabbits hay, many times it ended up in the pan and on the floor with little to none of it consumed. Hay is such an important part of a rabbits diet because of its high fiber content. When in the stomach, it absorbs toxins that can make adult rabbits sick, and kill babies and juniors. Another added health benefit is it moves along blockages and hairballs.
          I decided to try to find a healthy alternative to hay that would be easy to give to each rabbit. I experimented with things like hay cubes, feeds with a higher fiber content, in addition to other "wonder supplements" among other things. I always kept a control group that didn't change (1/2 cup of Mana Pro) and a group that got the new feed. I kept changing one thing every 2 months and started recording results a week after the change (to rule out food shock).
           After about six months, the results were staggering. In a large sample space of about 30 rabbits on both the control and the new feed, as of last weeks recording about 90% of my control group were blowing coat versus 10% of my test group. The quality of junior coats average rating was about a 4 out of ten, and my test group was an average of a 6. At the last show, all four of my first place animals were in the test group. When I performed autopsies on unexplained deaths, I discovered most of the time the cause of death in the control group was bloat, gas, blockages, or GI Stasis (shown by an enlarged or lumps in the small intestine). I have not seen that at all in my test group in at least 4 months.
Now, I'm sure by now, you are asking what this mystery feed is?
           I changed from Mana Pro to producers pride. I think the producers pride has a slightly high protein content which varies from bag to bag. This variation sometimes caused gas and shock in my babies. I reduced the amount of producers pride from a half cup to a 1/3 cup and replaced it with grass hay pellets on the BOTTOM of the food dish. This does matter because they tend to not like the pellets as much as their normal food so they will dig in their food dish to get to their normal feed. Since you reduced their normal feed, they tend to get hungry before the next feeding so they usually eat it. Also, they get a tablespoon each of black sunflower seeds (on top).
          I am a believer of my new mixture of feeds. I am going to test one last thing before everyone is switched to the new feed! Now, Keep in mind that this is not a perfect or flawless experiment, but for me, any inconsistencies or errors can be excused because the results are so clear and stark.

About the Breed

Also known as "The Little Aristocrat," the Polish is one of the smallest breeds of rabbits with the maximum weight at 3 1/2 pounds and the ideal weight at 2 1/2. Polish are known for their small compact bodies, short ears and large expressive eyes. Polish have  winning temperament too. They are calmer than any arch breed, and when worked with, crave your attention. On the other hand, when neglected and let alone in a cage for long periods of time, they can be very fearful and may even become aggressive. Fearful aggressive animals when neglected is not specific to the Polish breed, or even the rabbit species for that matter. 

The less experienced eye may mistake a Polish for a Netherland Dwarf, however, there are some notable differences. The Netherland Dwarf has a much higher head carriage then a Polish, and their ears are usually shorter then the Polish. The Netherland Dwarf also comes in 24 Varieties. The Polish on the other hand only comes in 6: black, blue, broken, chocolate, REW, and BEW. The biggest difference in my opinion is that the Polish has a fly back coat and the Netherland Dwarf has a roll back coat. Fly back and roll back refer to the speed the fur takes to return to its original position when stroked backwards, and a Polish rabbit will be disqualified from competition if it has a roll back coat.

The Polish is very good for beginner rabbit handlers. With their winning temperament, small size, and all the help and support from breeders like me, you can become a successful breeder, and a happy pet owner.

These are the points on a Polish. You will notice the head has 45 points and the body only has 25 points. In most other breeds, the body is much more important.

We Make and Sell Nest Boxes!

Polish Paradise makes nice, heavy duty, one inch thick nest boxes with wood bottoms.

Small (11"LX8"WX6"H front 4"H) $10

Medium (13"LX9"WX7"H front 4"H) $15

Large (16"LX11"WX9"H front 6"H) $20

Extra Large or Custom $25

Updated 7/8/13