We are Leif & Emily Martin, a husband & wife team, running the show here at Bramble Berry Bunnies, currently located on the West side of Washington state. From raising sweet and loving pet rabbits for families across the country, to rockin' it on the show table at the local county fairs, we LOVE what we do. We hope you enjoy learning more about our rabbitry setup. It is our passion to educate the public on humane animal husbandry. Quality and healthy lives for each of our animals is what we strive for, and ask our fellow breeders to take into consideration. Feel free to reach out to us at any time to chat bunnies, or to set up a public speaking event or media collaboration.
Welcome to our rabbitry! We have been raising show rabbits since the year 2007, specializing in the Netherland Dwarf breed. Throughout the years we have been able to figure out what works best for our rabbits from nutrition, to housing. We love the rabbit hutches we custom built with our rabbit’s comfort in mind. In our opinion, these indoor hutches, are a far better option than the alternative wire floor cages most breeders opt for.
You can see we have a large attached enclosed pen for our rabbits to run around in. We find it essential that our rabbits get time to exercise and play. Big thanks to our volunteers and employees who help out with this! Our volunteer “Bunny Cuddlers” are an essential part of our rabbitry. They make sure all our sweet bunnies get lots of handling as soon as they open their eyes. This is why they are total love bugs for new pet owners, as well as more manageable for us on the show table, for the rabbits we keep to improve our herd.
Our hutches are made from of pine and cedar, with covered wood floors and kiln dried pine shavings as bedding. Each rabbit has their own compartment, with covered sides, making them feel safer with more privacy. It is also far more comfortable for their feet to be on the soft pine shavings, verses wire floor, which is standard in commercial rabbitries. This set up is perfect for our expecting does, our risk of losing babies that manage to get out of the nest is much lower, since the hutches are plenty warm.
All together we have just over 50 cages, a smaller rabbitry compared to some, but the perfect size for us to provide a quality life for each of our rabbits. Over 90% of our Netherland Dwarfs come from incredible import lines, tracing back to some of Germany and Hollands finest Dwarf breeders. Only the best of the best in our rabbitry! We love this breed, and love the chance to perfect the color varieties we love, such as: chocolate, blue, lilac, and broken varieties, to name a few!
To keep our bunnies healthy, we use a heavy duty fan to change the air, twice daily. By pushing out old air and pulling in fresh air from outside, we can achieve fresh and clean air quality. We clean our cages once a week, sweep daily, and do a deep clean throughout the rabbitry twice a year. This involves, disinfecting the floors, spraying the hutches with a an organic essential oil blend cleaner and dusting all around.