Originally Posted by oegblady
I have 3 rabbits 2 does and 1 buck
Honey is a lionxdwarf grey/white harlequin she is very tiny but has the mane of a lion head.
Mary anne is a white/blue harlequin dwarf with blue eyes
June Bug is my buck and hes a blue/grey harlequin dwarf with blue eyes
I have them as pets and i raise babys about 3 times a year just because i love watching the little babys be born and watching them grow.
A warning about dwarfs some carry the double dwarf gene and they will give birth to "peanuts". These are tiny tiny babys that most of the time don't survive. I have raised 2 and i did so by giveing them to a foster mother so they didn't have to fight for the nipple. I never breed a doe again when i find out she has this gene.
Edited by gypsy2621 - 12/29/08 at 11:50pm
In order for the Double Dwarf Gene to presen itself BOTH parents must carry the gene, there for not breeding a doe because she carries it is the wrong thinking.
Breeding netherlands, mini Rex,lionheads etc( small breeds who all carry the double dwarfing gene) you will run head long into this problem, best you can do is breed the does anyway, as long as a whole litter doesnt contain peanuts you are safe.
You should breed know carriers of this gene to false dwarfs to ward off the peanuts.
Most dwarf breeds only weigh between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 lbs, a false dwarf will weigh 3 to 4 lbs, there for eliminating the deadly dwarfing gene. the result will be over size kits and typical dwarfs.
I have to add that if you had 2 peanuts survive by being fostered off to another doe then those were not peanuts, they were typical dwarfs Peanuts only survive for 1 to 4 days. their internal organs are not developed enough to support life for more than a few days.
I definately agree there is a need for a back yard rabbit forum on this site , I have already found a lot of mis information on this read.