Unless you are a fiber artist, or pet person there is no reason to keep your Giant Angora in a huge show coat like the one in the photo. Most spinners prefer wool that is 3-5 inches in length. This coat takes ALOT of time and dedication to keep mat free and unstained.
This is a photo of a Giant Angora who is being clipped down! With a pair of scissors to leave a little length on the body. Kind of like a man's haircut. There are several options to humanely and ethically harvested your bunny's fiber/wool.
Shearing: scissors/Clippers to trim the wool off gently and carefully or by easily plucking fiber that is ready to be released naturally. Think of brushing your own hair and the hair that is in the comb or brush was naturally shed. Same idea with angoras and the fiber/ wool that comes out of the brush or comb.
and ethically harvested Giant Angora fiber/wool. This is considered "raw" wool that can be spun on a drop spindle or spinning wheel.
After the fiber is humanely and ethically harvested from the bunny. It is spun on a drop spindle or spinning wheel. This is what makes yarn. This yarn is used to knit, weave or crochet items.
Your bunny will enjoy being naked from its big wool coat. The wool will grow back in normally 1 inch per month. The rabbits do not get cold from being sheared unless they are in a drafty barn.
A big show coat on a retired Giant Angora, humanely and ethically harvested by being clipped/sheared down. The fiber was spun on my Fantasia Spinning Wheel, and I made Yarn. The yarn was made into a Skein. I knitted/made a 100% Giant Angora hat for this winter to wear.
Up Coming Shows we plan to attend.
September 9, 2023, Blue Ridge Rabbit & Cavy Show Kendysville, WV (Double Rabbit/Double Cavy)
September 16, 2023, South Jersey Rabbit Club (Double Rabbit/Double Cavy)
2024April 19-20, 2024, Angora Nationals (NARBC) in Alexandria, Louisiana
April 26-28. 2024 Cavy Nationals (ACBA) in Dodgeville, Wisconsin
October 26-30, 2024, The 101st ARBA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky
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