We have been learning a lot form Heidi Wolf out in California. Even though we have been raising ND's now for 4 years, we still learn something new...quite often. The latest lesson is on culling. Something we rarely do, and the ability to really take a hard look at your kits to determine what is something to keep. Heidi, and many ND breeders, rarely sell their rabbits for pets. I understand their thinking, in that sometimes a rabbit that you sell for $30 becomes a big headache if the new owner decides there is something about the rabbit they don't like. Thankfully, we have only had that problem once, and with a quick switch of rabbits, everyone was happy, but it does happen. So, when these breeders are looking at their kits, they are determining if it is something they want to continue to feed in order to see if it is show quality or not. Mallory is better at it then I am, obviously, but even with both of our eyes, we tend to keep too many, especially if they have a sweet disposition. We love our bunnies, and we know that NDs can be awesome pets, so we are always hopeful that sweet ones, regardless of show quality, will go to a good home. But we are getting tougher, as feeding rabbits that will only sell for $30-$40 is an expensive endeavor. We also look at colors (varieties). Like right now, we have Black and Black Otters coming out of the woodwork. You can only keep or sell just so many. As we gear up for the busy season (typically selling between 15-20 rabbits in December) we struggle with supply and demand. Feeding the supply for an extra 2 months really cuts into any amount we may make, and we are rethinking whether it is worth it sometimes. Our thought is to follow through til the end of the year as we did last year, hopefully selling into the double digits again, and then assess the results of the two years combined to think about what we might do differently next year.