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Rabbit people - how often do you breed your doe?

post #1 of 20
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I am curious what my BYC peeps have to say.  I am getting such varying information on another rabbit board.

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post #2 of 20

Never.

They are all spayed and neutered.

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Well, at least you put it to the top.

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I have only breed my breeder doe once and know I just don't have enough cages to wean and grow out in.

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Owner of TDB Rabbitry breeder of show quility American Sable and a surprise breed of rabbits I'll post which breed in July.
Breeder of Grand Champion Double B's Trent


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post #5 of 20

I only bred mine once per year......but I raised english angoras and I live in texas.  I know a lot of breeders will just breed and breed and breed but the longevity and health of their rabbits suffer horribly.   idunno

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post #6 of 20

When I do breed my rabbits(which isn't very often) I usually only breed them once a year(early spring or mid. fall) or I at least give them a five month interval between...you could probably breed them more than this but I would imagine it would be tough on the rabbits...

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I have checkered giants and i only breed once every 8 months or so. ive been told as short as 4-6 months in between but with mine being giant breeds, they tend to mature a bit slower and take a bit longer to wean off momma.

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post #8 of 20

For show stock that is actively showing once a year, I also limit it to once a year for does that have large litters or if they loose condition while they are pregnant/nursing. Have had a couple of does that stay "fat" in condition even when pregnant and nursing (mostly meat rabbits with small/med litters) so they get bred 2 times a year but I wouldn't do more than that. Some big time breeders rebreed 2 day - 2 weeks after delivery of a litter because it is said they are more apt to take then but I honestly feel that is too soon and too hard on the does. Sometimes it seems like the bucks have the easy job. LOL

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Sharing a home with a wonderful husband, two dear sons, 8 rabbits  8.5 laying hens (3 EE 3 NHR 1 CM 1 GLW 1 Cochin/SIlkie bantam), 1 adult cochin/silkie bantam roo, 10 new NHR chicks, 3 Silkie chicks , 1 Guinea, 6 Boer goats (two expecting kids), 2 bottle baby Boer crosses, and a Tabby tort and white house kitty Harley.

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Originally Posted by BCBunnies 

For show stock that is actively showing once a year, I also limit it to once a year for does that have large litters or if they loose condition while they are pregnant/nursing. Have had a couple of does that stay "fat" in condition even when pregnant and nursing (mostly meat rabbits with small/med litters) so they get bred 2 times a year but I wouldn't do more than that. Some big time breeders rebreed 2 day - 2 weeks after delivery of a litter because it is said they are more apt to take then but I honestly feel that is too soon and too hard on the does. Sometimes it seems like the bucks have the easy job. LOL


They absolutely have the easy job!!  I actually had someone tell me I can re-breed her right now.  That shocked me!!!  I wouldn't think that more than 3 times a year would be very healthy at all.

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post #10 of 20

I raise rabbits for meat for my pets and me, so here is what I do:

They are bred starting early spring.  They kindle, and then I rebredd them when the babies they have are 4 weeks old.  I do this as often as possible untill winter.  I then butcher the mothers, or hold them through winter, and hold back the best babies of the summer for replacements.  I usually end up getting about 4 litters per doe per year.
  If your rabbit is a pet or a show animal then it will be different.

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