American Blue Rabbits

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”388″ img_size=”600×600″ style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]When it comes to raising rabbits, our main purpose is to provide our homestead with extra meat. There are many popular breeds available that will fit this main criteria perfectly, but, to continue in true Megaluno Ranch fashion, we could not just settle for the ordinary. Instead we chose to select a heritage breed to promote and conserve. We chose the American Blue Rabbit, one of the rarest breeds in America. Now instead of just raising rabbits for meat (and the occasional pet), we are also conserving and contributing to saving a breed while we’re at it! And so our little Megaluno Ranch Rabbitry was founded.

Read below to find out more about the American Blue Rabbit and why we chose to fall in love with them and have them as our perfect homesteading rabbits![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Meet our Blue Team: Blue Berry, Blue Sky, Blue Ocean, Blue Bird and Blue Boy” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”5″ images=”381,394″ img_size=”300×300″ onclick=””][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”5″ images=”395,391″ img_size=”300×300″ onclick=””][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_gallery interval=”0″ images=”390,398″ img_size=”300×300″ onclick=””][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_tta_tabs style=”outline” color=”chino” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”About Americans” tab_id=”1441874218694-385c7ca7-4943d482-353cfed8-c935″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”398″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Appearance” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

The American Blue Rabbit was bred to be a meat as well as fur rabbit. They are “large rabbits with mature bucks weighing 9 to 11 pounds and does at 10 to 12 pounds.” Just perfect as a homesteading breed, they are a “hardy breed, docile in nature”. The American “produce large litters and are typically good mothers”. With a mandolin body shape and being “the deepest blue color of any of the recognized breeds in America”, the American blue truly is a beautiful rabbit to behold.”*

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”History” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The American Blue was recognized as a breed with an official standard in March 1918. Lewis H. Salisbury of Pasadena, California created the American Blue but, due to his secrecy of which breeds he used in its formation, the exact breeds used to form the American Blue are unknown. It is speculated that the Blue Vienna, Blue Beveren, Blue Imperial and Blue Flemish Giant were part of the founding genetics of the American Blue because of the mandolin body shape that is called for in the ARBA Standard of Perfection.*

The American was most popular in the early 1920’s but today it is “the most rare of rabbit breeds in America.*

Thanks to small homesteading farms and American Blue enthusiasts the breed is still in existence and a small part of America’s heritage is sustained. We here at Megaluno Ranch are proud to be part of conserving such a rare breed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”381″ style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Why Americans” tab_id=”1441874218832-398800e3-835ed482-353cfed8-c935″][vc_custom_heading text=”Why Choose American Blues?” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Good temperament” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The American Blue is a docile rabbit that is good for beginners and children[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Larger framed rabbit” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Because of the American Blue’s size it produces more meat per rabbit.

Bigger frame = more meat.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reach Fryer Size quickly” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The American will reach fryer weight in 8-9 weeks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Beautiful Blue fur” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The American has the deepest blue fur of any rabbit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” color=”green”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Threatened American Breed” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

The American Blue is the rarest rabbit breed in American according to the Livestock Conservancy. Being part of our American heritage we believe that the American is worth saving.

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Megaluno Ranch is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Hardy, Arkansas.

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