About Me Hello, My name is Aimee. I am the 'hoomom' behind 'Old Garden House Rabbitry'. Since I was young I have grown up with animals and am currently studying to become a canine behaviourist. Animals have always been my true passion & a reliable shoulder to cry on when needed most. I absolutely love genetics; I find it all so interesting. So it has encouraged me to research & get a good base knowledge on bunny genetics. In the future, I would absolutely love to have an Australian Shepherd (My favourite dog breed) - a factor to choosing Vienna marked mini lops as they most reminded me of the Australian Shepherd's trademark blue eyes. Mini lops are an adorable, small lop breed (Ranging around 2.5lbs-4.5lbs) which are known for their friendly natures (on average). I have fallen completely in love with the breed.
What Makes Us Different to Other Breeders? I breed primarily for temperament, as to me this is the most important aspect of a pet bunny. Babies born here are handled from birth, meaning they are raised to be tame, social, friendly pets. I have a long term aim to improve the 'type' of my bunnies too. All my bunnies are extremely well-loved and spoilt- and are treated as part of the family, they are not 'breeding machines'. My girls have long gaps between litters, when they have babies they love every minute of it, some even pine for more babies (though they have to wait until they're break is over!)! Each bunny has ample daily exercise and of course, gets constant cuddles & fuss! I want to be a breeder that people looking for bunnies can rely on. As my motto says: HAPPY, HEALTHY & FRIENDLY. My babies are also heavily socialised with my two gentle dogs & are brought inside my home daily for cuddles and playtime so are used to household noises. Bunnies here are all given the best possible start in life; every litter goes through extensive socialisation, including vacuum habitation, handling and litter training. I aim to direct my bunnies to loving indoor pet homes looking for a 10year+ member of the family, as I prepare my bunnies primarily to be house bunnies. Each baby will leave me with a large ‘Baby Bundle’ to equip you with information to help your bunny settle, also including changeover food, birth certificate, care guide, toys, a pedigree and more! With every baby that leaves me I offer a lifetime of advice and support- I am always happy to help. Please remember that I place babies off their temperament rather than their colour. Though I will take colour preferences into consideration; I base my adoption process through matching the temperaments to the homes. At around 4 weeks old I assess their temperaments, personality, energy level, double check gender, estimate adult size and then look through my shortlisted applications for the home I feel will suit the particular bunnies the most. Why I started breeding? After my beautiful bun Fudge died at nearly 10 years old, I needed to heal & wait for the right time before welcoming a new bunny into my life. I began to look on 'Pets4homes' for my new furry friend & I was upset to see so many bunnies is awful conditions. This really got me thinking... I wondered if I could be that reliable, reputable breeder I was searching for; I knew that if I was to do this, I would do it right. I have always struggled with my health however in 2018, I decided that I needed some time off to recover and work on myself. Bunnies have really helped me heal and gave me the focus I have needed (and still do) to recover. I had researched for a solid 2 years before I was in a position, and had time and resources to dedicate to breeding bunnies- I can't thank my family enough for their love and support to help me achieve's my dream. The 16x10 foot bunny shed, was installed in mid-2018- complete with 5ft x 2ft hutches, heating, vinyl floors, insulation, air con and a 10x3 foot acrylic bespoke run furnished with Manor Pet Housing Castles! Then in 2019, a further 10x10 foot shed extension was built to house 4, 8 foot hutches for my boys- making my bunny haven an impressive 26 x 10 feet. I absolutely love my bunny shed and just spending time with my beautiful babies.Please see my "Our Girls" & "Our Boys" tabs to get to know each one of my babies- they are all so special in their own way! Breeding is not always easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way- it is all worth it seeing updates of happy babies in forever homes♡