We have 5 angora's now. Down from 15 this winter, luckily we knew a few 4H kids that wanted them.
I think all bunnies go thru a skittish phase, unless you work with them every day. I know there are some people who believe you have to brush/or blow angora every day, but we don't. We brush them once a week, sometimes once every 2 weeks depending on which bunny.
This is what we do when we brush. We bring them in the house, for some reason that makes them a little frightened and they hold really still. If we try and put them on top of their cage or on the grooming table in the rabbitry they try and run away. We put a rug on the table inside and my daughter puts her arm on the table and the bunnies head in her armpit so the rabbit feels like it is hiding. I can then brush her back, and sides. They never move when I do this either. To brush the stomach takes practice and I'm not sure if I will explain this right but I will try. You know how you pick up a rabbit by the skin on the back of the neck....well, make sure you have their ears tucked in the hand you use. You are not pulling their ears at all, but it makes your bunny hold really still. (This is the way the 4H project books tell you to do it too). When you have a good grip on its neck take your other hand and put it on its rump and lay it down on the table on it's back. Do not let go of it's neck. His head will be higher, of course, than it's rump. You can then brush it's tummy. Sometimes it works better if you have someone else hold the rabbit and they can also hold their legs straight so you can brush it better.
We don't use the fiber, except to give a lady in town some to use in her spinning class and to sell to her students. I can't even tell you if it's good fiber or if I collected it the right way, lol. They seem happy with it though. I would love to spin, but I don't know how.
We raise California, NZW, Dutch, and recently got Hotot's, but by far the cutest babies come from the angora's. They look like little stuffed bunnies!
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