Breeding Rabbits - Do's and
Don'ts When You Breed Rabbits
rabbits, one should not only know about the proper care
for them but also the genetics involved. There are certain
rules to follow when it comes to properly breeding rabbits and
in order to produce the best, you have to keep in line with
them. Whilst some people might think of breeding rabbits as a
simple task to accomplish, it is not always this way. First
off, let's talk about the basics. A small breed doe or female
rabbit is ready to mate by the time she reaches 5 months old.
On the other hand, a buck or a male rabbit would be ready once
he reaches 6 months old. Typically, it would be wise to breed
rabbits whose ancestries have proof of good genetics and
overall great productivity. For this reason, you would need
the pedigree listings and various show winnings. In fact, as a
breeder, you should keep your own records as well. As for the
ratio, you can keep it at 1:10 if you wish. That is, 1 buck to
10 does. The buck would be able to breed up to 7 times a week
Now, let's talk about the do's and don'ts of
- Do mate rabbits of the same breed. The only exception to
this rule would be breeding for the sake of meat or pets.
Otherwise, you may not mate rabbits that aren't of the same
breed. This is because you won't be able to sell a pedigree
rabbit that has mixed blood and can't trace its background for
up to 4 generations.
- Don't keep more than one rabbit in a single cage. This is
imperative once the rabbit reaches 3 months or older. The
reason for this is the fact that rabbits actually mature
faster when they are kept in solitude.
- If you feel like you are ready to start breeding rabbits,
bring the doe to the buck's cage. Don't do it the other way
around because the buck would be to busy sniffing around the
doe's cage to even pay attention to mating.
- There are people who live the doe in the buck's cage
overnight whilst there are those who take the doe out once the
2 rabbits have mated. If you choose to go with the latter, you
need to put the doe back in after a couple or more hours as
this would actually increase the likelihood of pregnancy and
might even increase the number of offspring.
Quite obviously breeding and
keeping rabbits isn't as easy as it seems.
However, with enough effort and research, you would be able to
do it correctly. After all, breeding rabbits is a science and
is something that everyone can learn given enough time to do