The Hutch 'n Bunch Rabbitry began in 1992. Originally named The Anderson's Hutch 'n Bunch (ARBA registered name), our journey started when we purchased a trio of Magpie Harlequins from a local breeder. As a family, John and Patti Anderson attended local shows with their children, Amber, Tom and Sean. With five family members all showing rabbits, each having their own individual interests, the rabbitry steadily grew from just a few holes on the back porch to several rows and stacks of cages that took over the entire barn. Meanwhile, the farm machinery was set outside to rust!
Over the years we have also raised and exhibited Argente Brun, Californian, Champagne D'Argents, Flemish Giants, Florida Whites, Harlequins, Havanas, Himalayans, Holland Lops, Jersey Woolies, Lionheads, Mini Lops, Mini Rex, Mini Satins, Netherland Dwarfs, New Zealands, Polish, Satins, Silvers, Silver Foxes, Silver Martens, Tans, and Thriantas.
Amber and Tom lost interest in the "rabbit habit" soon after high school, and John passed away unexpectedly in 2001. John was a long-time member of the Louisville Fire Department in Louisville, Kentucky, and was very fond of his Siamese Satins.
Patti remarried to Ron Byerley in 2005, and the rabbitry name was changed to simply The Hutch 'n Bunch Rabbitry. In addition to the rabbits, Patti and Ron now grow daylilies, and have an ever-growing garden of many varieties. They also have a greenhouse and start vegetable and annual flowers in the spring. They go to a few Farmer's Markets in the area and sell the plants and planters that Ron designs. They like the unusual and more interesting look in flower arrangements.
Patti judges many 4-H shows in Indiana and Kentucky, and has held many officer positions in various clubs over the years. She is currently serving as the President of the American Harlequin Rabbit Club and Secretary/Treasurer of the Hoosier Florida White Rabbit Specialty Club. In addition, Patti is Rabbit Superintendent for the Kentucky State Fair and has served as Youth Superintendent at National Conventions. She currently serves on the Harrison County 4H Council and is a 4H Adult Volunteer. Patti recently became a Junior Exhibition Judge for daylilies. Ron is a member of the Harrison County Master Gardeners as well as a 4H Adult Volunteer.
Sean graduated from Purdue University in 2010 with a degree in Animal Sciences. While at Purdue, Sean was active in the Dairy Club and Block & Bridle. He attended the University of Arizona working toward his Master's degree studying environmental physiology. Other than working with the rabbits, Sean enjoys running, swimming, photography, and hanging out with his friends. Sean is a licensed ARBA registrar and aspires to become an ARBA-licensed judge in the future, but has already judged several 4-H shows in Indiana and Kentucky.
We typically attend shows in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee, but have traveled further distances. We try to attend the ARBA National Convention and a few National specialty shows each year. We breed year-round, but usually have the most animals available from late spring to fall.
Sean claims most of the Netherland Dwarfs as his own and shows them under his name, while the other breeds are usually entered under Patti and Ron's names. Despite the segregation of the names, it takes a group effort to breed and care for the quality animals for which we strive to produce.
Ron & Patti handle all aspects of our small hobby/business. Patti primarily does the paperwork and keeps up with the Rabbits while Ron handles the Flowers and gardens.