Was he outside? They'll sunbleach and turn brown. Give him a lot of protein like hulled sunflower seeds or if the person was only using 16% pellets 18% plus legume (alfalfa or clover) hay and you might force a molt. Then he'll grow his true coat and you can see if he's black or blue.. until you put him in the sun again.
He is outside but in a shaded area. Will all blacks go rusty? We got two girls and have his two sons in the grow out pen that is MUCH more sunny than the breeder pens so it will be intresting to see if they rust too.
Maybe agouti? I also recently bought a purbred "broken black" NZ buck that had a questionable coat. He is maturing into having a lot of brown hairs (wild rabbit coloring, not red). His breeders rabbits were all purebred/pedigreed, but he had a few mismarked adult agouti NZ in his barn. Mine has a blue/gray undercoat. I was hoping he would produce blue down the line...maybe not.
They'll still sunbleach some. Plus shade when? Unless you've got a 4 sided building with a roof you get sun on your cages sometime and then you've got windows in most buildings. If you want black rabbits they've got to be in a building away from a window. Chocolates will do it too. Mocha when we got him
The doe Twix who wasn't quite as bad
In a stable with no windows and just sliding doors at the far ends, along with a picture of the doe having been kept in the house so we have kits to play with all the time
The difference is night and day between indoor and outdoor dark colored rabbits.
Note- camera dates are incorrect due to one losing battery and not setting the date on a new one a year later
We used to have seal Mini Rex. Yes, they're supposed to have a brown tint, but none of them rusted out to a light brown color like that, and all ours were outside. Some under solid roofing, some under that white hard plastic garden roofing stuff... They all had a dark, rich, black coloring with a brown hint, and brown undercoats...
I"m not sure what it's called but I have that color in my NZ rabbits. It's basically a black rabbit with brownish tips and it's beautiful looking fur. They've lived their entire lives in the garage so it's not sun bleaching. I thought it was called steel but I"m not sure. The first of these rabbits came out of a blue buck and red doe.
And number three is the winner for the rabbit color match-a-long lol.
Was talking to a breeder and he said that the more I breed black to black the more black my blacks will be.
But have to admit, I LOVE his color!
All my hides are in the freezer until I either find a cheap place to tan them for me or til I get the time to do it myself. I am then going to make a blanket from them all so I love having all the different colors. In my head the blanket is right pretty
Don't know, just a big black rabbit.
I think the doe is an agouti by looking at the pics above.
They run free in my back yard.
I think the doe has babies as I saw her carrying some hay under my work shop last week. Guess I will know in a few weeks.