breed two different breeds of rabbits..okay or no?

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  1. dawnandjimmy

    dawnandjimmy Just Hatched

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    [​IMG]I have a new Zealand male meat rabbit that breeded with my rabbit that I have had for about 9 months.unsure of her breed but she does not look like a meat rabbit..She will be having babies today hopefully..Am I gonna get weird looking rabbits out of her and will I've able to sell them or butcher since they are not going to be 100% meat rabbits....One thing I did do is went out and bought a female new Zealand for him, no more mix breeding! That way I know what I have...Any advice would be helpful.
     
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  3. dawnandjimmy

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    This is her..She is not. New Zealand meat rabbit unsure of breed but is expecting anytime. Am worried about what icando with babies as the grow...Sell? Butcher? I'm unsure....
     
  4. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Your doe is definitely Rex coated; looks like her breed is Mini Rex. They are solid little rabbits, while not usually raised for meat, there should be a decent meat-to-bone ratio on the carcass. However, they take so long to get to a size that makes processing worthwhile, nobody would bother with them if they were looking for a meat rabbit.

    The babies from a cross between a Rex coated rabbit and one with a normal coat (like a New Zealand) will have normal coats. They probably will grow to be a size midway between the size of the two parents. As for what you do with them, that's up to you, but what you'll have is medium-sized, normal-coated mixed breed rabbits.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with Bunnylady: looks like your unknown doe is a blue Mini Rex (assuming she weighs around 3-5 pounds). Otherwise, she would be a very stocky-looking standard blue Rex. Any kits she delivers will be normal coated and probably medium-sized. Rex are occasionally used for meat, so if she is a standard-sized Rex, the offspring could be decent meat rabbits. Otherwise, if she is a Mini Rex, the kits may be too slow growing and small at maturity/butchering age to be worth much as meat.

    If she is a Mini Rex, hopefully her kindling goes smoothly. Breeding a large buck (New Zealand) to a much smaller doe (Mini Rex) can be dangerous for the doe.
     
  6. dawnandjimmy

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    Yes it wasn't intentional.. I bought the back and had to put him someplace real quick to get his cage ready and I turned around to get hay and put in cage and out of corner of my eye bam!!! He was going to town!!! I didn't want mixed breeds but oh well...I just hope it all turns out for the good.....
     
  7. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may be pleasantly surprised by what you get...I intentionally hybridize rabbits (usually NZ/Silver Fox and NZ/American Chinchilla) and have gotten some great results. Even if your litter doesn't show the meat traits you want, you may still be able to sell them - rabbit "cuteness" may work in your favor.
    Best of luck! I hope you'll update us on how your surprise litter is doing. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes I know any kind of rabbit in my opinion is cute..they are an animal that nobody cannot say is cute...I love them!!!!!
     
  10. braehedge

    braehedge Out Of The Brooder

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    Selling mutts is a lot harder than selling purebreds, where I live, it's hard to sell any kind of rabbit, for a decent price. I'd try to avoid mr/nz crosses next time. But, you might be surprized. mini rexes can be fairly solid rabbits, so some decent mixed meat rabbits could be possible.
     

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