So my luck with rabbit's apparently is shot. I currently have 3 bucks, all from different lines and 8 mature doe's. The doe's I have tried to breed multiple times with each buck, and the bucks are not even trying. They don't seem to really care, even if the doe is willing. I know when it's hot they get sterile from the heat, but it has not been over 65' in the past month.
So my question is could there be another reason the bucks are not interested in breeding?
My only conclusion would be they are not sexually mature, but even that seems for two of my bucks flawed.
My oldest buck is a year, he is sexually mature, and is an Angora x Rex. I can find no reason he shouldn't be breeding, he's been checked over who knows how many times and he is really healthy. I do not know what is wrong with him.
My second buck's age is unknown, I got him from my grandfather, who said he was four to five months at the time, and I have had him since May. So my guess would be around 8 months, but knowing my grandpa, he could be off. This buck is just coming into sexual maturity, so him not breeding makes sense.
Alas my third buck is a year also, he is a Angora x California, His father is the same as my first buck. This buck is also sexually mature, he matured really early at four months, but even despite the odd's he doesn't want anything to do with the doe's.
I have been breeding rabbit's since I was twelve so around four years and have never had a problem like this. My brothers used to do the same thing and they never really had a problem. Is it something I am doing wrong? They get fresh water and food every day, they each have their own pen, and they get green's about once a week.
Now I have a new doe, I got her from a family friend that breed's rabbits. She was going to the stew pot, because of aggression, and I was talked into taking her. Not that I mind, she has been noted to be a great mother, and an easy breeder, and she is beautiful, but she is constantly growling and swiping at me. I would normally dismiss it, due to the fact she is pregnant and does get hormonal, but the friend I got her from said she's been this way since she was old enough to leave the nest. I understand some animals are aggressive, or even just afraid which causes them to guard themselves against people.
The thing is though, she will swat and growl, but once you actually get your hand on her she is really sweet. She has torn up the friend I got her from, he warned me about that, but my question is there a better way to deal with her? I interact with each rabbit every day for several minutes, petting and grooming them, but she doesn't seem to change much.
Thanks for reading my novel, and I appreciate any input you guys can give me!