The day before yesterday I posted an ad on the local version of Craigslist, asking for a Flemish or other giant breed for sale. I had found ads but most were farms located far from where I live and I don't drive a car. So to weed out the "sorry I don't deliver" replies I mentioned I'd need delivery from outside Toronto.
I got some interesting replies. One person sent me pics of their baby bunnies. They all had huge ears and feet, so it looked promising. Then I asked them how big the bunnies would grow to as adults. They replied "medium sized". I thanked them and told them that's a bit too small for me. The response was "oh, they're not that small, when grown up they're three feet wide!" and "besides, if they're not big enough just feed them a lot of food and they'll grow bigger".
Another guy had beautiful blue purebred Flemish. Sadly, he had three adults and was only willing to sell them as a group. I think three of them would have needed more indoor space than I could provide. Too bad.
I was also contacted by a show breeder of Flemish and English Lop. I saw their Facebook page where they're advertising some Flemish does for sale (I think adults) but they're $100 which strikes me as a bit pricey, especially since I plan to neuter. The lops look really interesting and I read that this breed has a great personality. I asked if they have any lops for sale and (cringe) the price.
I'm guessing that show rabbits might be more used to handling than one that's raised in a barn? Are there advantages to buying a pet rabbit from a show breeder as opposed to a meat rabbit farm? (Advantages that would justify the higher price).